In this excerpt, Gabor Forgacs, PhD (University of Missouri-Columbia & Modern Meadow), explains the work being done to build things like meat and leather in the lab that are suitable for human consumption and use.

At the December 12, 2013, conference Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality, speakers from different sectors in nutrition and health, including academia, non-governmental organizations, the food industry, and start-up companies, discussed sustainable solutions to the world's food needs. The conference, presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, focused on improving the protein supply chain, especially through programs designed to increase access to a high-quality diet for malnourished populations.

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Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture,, and one is about software engineering,

Paul is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer's techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.


In the series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp," Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What's more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores.

This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.

A note on methodology: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents, and other factors. This estimate of Walmart's potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data.


 Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins contaminating our air, water and food that threaten our children's health. With government captured by the very industries it's supposed to regulate, Steingraber says she's lost patience with politicians and corporations, but that our kids need to know "mom is on the job" of preventing destruction to the environment.

 “I am betting that in between my children's adult lives and my own, an environmental human rights movement will arise – one whose seeds have already been sown. It will take up with urgency the task of rescue and repair of our ecological system upon which all of life depends. At the same time [it] will take up with equal fervor the task of divorcing our economy from its current dependencies on chemical toxicants that trespass inside our bodies without our consent.”

 Sandra's book on the environmental links to cancer, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and Environment, was released as a documentary film in 2010. Her most recent book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. She also wrote Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Hailed by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson,” Steingraber is presently at work on a book about the environmental life of children.


A seafloor mandala created by a five inch male pufferfish to attract females. The males spend seven to nine days swimming back and forth while hitting the sand with fins and tail in strategic spots. They also adorn the peaks with shells and coral. The circles can be up to seven feet in diameter. After a mate is attracted, they mate and she lays her eggs in the center of the circle. The male sticks around till the eggs hatch, but no longer maintains the circle once the task of attracting a female has been successfully accomplished. Amazing!



Hippo saves Gnu from a Crocodile and then helps him to shore and then stays by concerned for the injured animal.

Although this video is sad due to the injured state of the gnu it is uplifting in the compassion displayed by the hippo for his fellow neighbor.

Video by Vadim Onishchenko captured on Mara River. Might wish to turn down music.



"'You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you' (so said Lopita's mother) and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.”

The ESSENCE Breakthrough Performance Award-winner spoke poignantly about true beauty, confidence, and what it means to see reflections of ourselves celebrated.


Swimming with wild orcas in New Zealand’s Pelorus Sound.

"When I saw the dorsal fins and realized it was an orca I was so excited I didn't have time to be afraid and get out of the water,” Gerard told The Marlborough Express. Highly intelligent hunters, orcas would “know the difference between a human and a seal,” said Roy Grose, a local conservationist.

It’s illegal in New Zealand to willfully swim with wild orcas, but that does not apply in this case. “The orcas approached him and that’s fine, there’s no problem with that,” said Grose.

Wild orcas are not considered a threat to humans. There have been only four reports of wild orcas showing minor aggression to people, and none of the recorded incidents have been serious.


The Navy is prepared to kill nearly 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt commonsense safeguards that will protect marine mammals during routine training without compromising military readiness.

Pierce Brosnan: "In the darkness of the ocean, whales depend on their hearing for survival - to find food, migrate, and communicate. But the US Navy has a new plan for training with high-powered sonar and explosives that will bombard whales with intense noise. The Navy itself predicts that nearly 1,000 whales and other marine mammals could be killed. Thousands more will be deafened. And in the darkened sea, the deaf whale is a dead whale. The Navy should be putting vital whale habitat off-limits to sonar and explosives during routine training. But they won't do that unless you and I speak out right now. With one click, you can make your voice heard. And please, share this message. Together we can save the whales.



World Science U brings you science like never before, making it visual, interactive, and exciting.

Brian Greene, Columbia University Professor, is teaching the first two courses, on the wonders of Einstein's Special Relativity. They're free. And more are coming. On a wide range of subjects.

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While the "Mad Men" in this video aren't real, Dow Chemical's genetically engineered "Agent Orange" crops unfortunately are. Learn more and take action at

Have you heard of super weeds? Big industrial farms have been using so much of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide on Roundup Ready genetically engineered crops, the weeds have evolved resistance. They spray the herbicide on the plant in hopes that it will kill everything other than the genetically engineered corn or soybeans. But when the weeds survive, industrial farms turn to older, more toxic chemicals like 2,4-D to kill them.

While "superweeds" are a real problem for America's farmers, they apparently aren't a problem for Dow Chemical. In fact, Dow welcomed it in glowing terms as "a new era" and "a very significant opportunity" for chemical companies like Dow Chemical.

A significant opportunity? Dow Chemical wants to put even more toxic 2,4-D on our food crops and we're just supposed to eat it? What on Earth were they thinking? We started to wonder what that conversation must have been like for Dow Chemical to determine how to market a toxic product, and we think it may have gone something like this.

What is 2,4-D? It is half of the highly toxic chemical mixture called Agent Orange that the military used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. 2,4-D has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lowered sperm counts, liver disease, and Parkinson's disease. Studies have also demonstrated the chemical's adverse effects on hormonal, reproductive, neurological, and immune systems. To make matters worse, 2,4-D is the 7th largest source of dioxins in the U.S.

Dow Chemical insists that the use of 2,4-D is safe. But they also assured the public that an insecticide called Dursban was safe...until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Dow Chemical $800,000 for illegally withholding over 250 reports of poisonings, including many that occurred even when the product was used correctly. And they expect us to trust their word on the safety of 2,4-D?

Dow Chemical is asking the USDA for permission to sell these "Agent Orange" Crops, unlabeled, to the public. Learn more and tell USDA NO on "Agent Orange" crops at



Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an unprecedented government approval: genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. Do you trust Dow Chemical with your food?

Find out more about Dow Chemical's sordid history and what you can do to stop their new genetically engineered "Agent Orange" crops at


This visualization shows how global temperatures have risen from 1950 through the end of 2013. It shows a running five-year average global temperature, as compared to a baseline average global temperature from 1951-1980.

NASA scientists say 2013 tied for the seventh warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which analyzes global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an updated report Tuesday, Jan. 21, on temperatures around the globe in 2013. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.



Only foods labeled as organic have been grown and produced without toxic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or genetically engineered ingredients. Only the USDA Organic seal guarantees that what you buy actually meets the standards that you expect from foods grown and processed in a way you would describe as "natural".

But, misleading claims often confuse consumers. Many consumers believe that foods labeled as "natural" have the same attributes as organic food. In reality, many foods labeled as "natural" are anything but.



On the banks of the Red River in the small town of Direct,TX, Julia Trigg Crawford is the manager of Red’Arc Farm. When the Canadian corporation TransCanada approached her about running the Keystone XL pipeline through her land, the family refused citing risks to their land and water. Their land was then condemned and taken through eminent domain. TransCanada began construction, but the story doesn’t end there. Urged on by Julia, the family decided to fight. This is the story of a strong Texas woman who decided to stand up to big oil, protecting the family farm at all costs. music by Ranjit Arab


When Mary Hutton saw a TV report on the mistreatment of bears in Asia, she chose to dedicate herself to the cause of saving the endangered creatures. Two decades on, the results are inspirational.

Since 1995, Free the Bears has saved over 1,000 animals. Before coming to the sanctuary, many of the bears suffer unimaginable cruelty - they are killed for their meat, or their bile. "We haven't been able to address the bile farms in Laos yet, but we're working with the government... It's hard", she says. But her team do what they can, nursing the bears back to health, and educating future generations.

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You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.

Harish Manwani is a Unilever man through and through. Having joined the company in 1976, he imagined that his time would be taken up with selling soap and soup. Not so, his then-boss told him. "You're here to change lives." It sounded far-fetched, but as the years went on and as he moved through the ranks of the corporation, Manwani began to understand his mentor's wisdom. Those words remain close to his heart even in his current role as the company's chief operating officer.

Now based in Singapore, Manwani graduated from Mumbai University and has a master's degree in management studies; he also attended the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School. He is the non-executive chairman of Hindustan Lever and a member of the executive board of the Indian School of Business. TEDx video.



While conservation scientists engage in acrimonious debates about whether wilderness still exists, we can be quite certain that "domesticated landscapes" are rapidly becoming an ever greater presence around the globe. One of the leading forms of domestication is the creation of suburban environments. Unlike many other forms of conversion, suburban landscapes often integrate relictual pieces of native ecosystems with highly altered environments. The result is typically a jagged, disjointed set of habitats for wildlife species to negotiate. Conservation research in these contexts has focused most closely on the role of habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the influences of roads. Much of the work has emphasized patterns of native biodiversity loss and the promotion of invasive species with development. Alongside these well-trodden research themes are emerging areas focused on remediating and avoiding harms associated with development. New findings will emphasize ways in which the inevitable growth of suburban environments may best accommodate and support other species and the ways in which other species may help us gauge and improve environmental health for all species.

David K. Skelly, Professor of Ecology and Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and Curator, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.



In the Arctic, where air temperatures are rising at about twice the global rate, scientists are seeing major shifts in plant life. Trees and shrubs are expanding by pushing northward, while the low-to-the-ground tundra plants to their north are shrinking in range. In this visualization, watch these changes and the influence they are forecasted to have on the climate system. For background information, educational resources, and more, visit Greening of the Arctic on the Science Bulletins Web site.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.


Petroleum-rich Qatar is spearheading projects to tackle the problems facing desert communities worldwide; from energy to fresh water and food production. But does their expensive, high-tech solution make sense?

"Qatar in many ways is ground zero for a lot of the challenges we're going to see in the century ahead", argues US ex-pat Jonathan Smith, from the Qatar National Food Program. Soaring temperatures, swelling populations and minimal rainfall plague the otherwise booming nation. Now its leaders are pushing ambitious experiments like the Sahara Forest Project, transforming seawater and sunlight into fresh water, vegetables, electricity, biofuel and animal feed. "The techniques we're developing here can be applied in many regions in the world", the project scientists insist.

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