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How You Can Help Fix the Global Water Crisis

Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and former National Geographic Society Freshwater Fellow, demystifies humanity’s obsession with water in her new book Replenish. When National Geographic caught up with her in New Mexico, she explained how people are coming up with innovative ways to conserve water before we run dry.

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system.

The Year in Food Policy

It was a tumultuous year for food policy in the United States. Here’s a rundown of several of the most important food policy changes that took place in 2017

The Production of Indigo Dye from Plants

This report presents a study of the technical, environmental, and economic factors involved in indigo dye production from Persicaria tinctoria, with the aim to support increased farm-scale indigo production in the Northern California fibershed and beyond.

Already Shopping Organic? This Is the Next Step

According to Josh Tickell, the solution to climate change is right under our noses. Or more specifically, right under our feet. In his new book, Kiss the Ground, the producer, author, and environmentalist dives into the potential and promise of regenerative agriculture—a farming practice that renews the health of soil so that it can actually absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

Growing Value for Wool Growers

American wool is typically a low-value commodity. The prices many wool producers realize barely cover their costs to pay shearers to remove the wool. At the same time, consumer demand for natural fibers and ethically, locally, and domestically produced goods is on the rise. This feasibility study sought to identify finished products and programs that might increase the value of wool, and thus revenue to Northern California wool producers.

Scaling-Up Investment into Land Restoration: Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck

Land degradation has long been recognized as a major problem which threatens ecological health, social stability and economic prosperity. For several decades, a series of solutions have been devised and attempted with varying degrees of success. However, efforts to combat land degradation have been hampered by a lack of resources and the sheer scale of the problem.

Regenerative Wool Shaking Up the Textile Industry

When the sheep are managed properly they can play an amazing role in sequestering carbon, restoring watersheds, restoring wildlife habitat and reversing climate change. Savory’s ecological outcome verification is quantifying that positive impact across landscapes and helping brands access wool from lands that are verifiably regenerating.