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Agriculture, Human Landscape

Patterson: “Outrageous” That Farmers’ Lawsuit was Dismissed

Patterson: “Outrageous” That Farmers’ Lawsuit was Dismissed

Last week’s featured article, Organic on the Offensive, inspired strong reactions from people on both sides of the genetically modified agriculture debate. Among the responses Sage received was a letter from Don Patterson, a Virginian farmer and the man who helped catalyze the lawsuit.

by × March 21, 2012 × 1 comment

Actions, Activism, Agriculture, Human Landscape

Organic, unmodified carrots grown by the farm at Hell's Backbone Grill, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin Goldfarb.)

Organic on the Offensive: Nation’s Farmers Sue Big Ag

A group of farmers are waging a class-action lawsuit against giant GM seed company Monsanto. The farmers’ argument? “An invention that poisons people is not patentable.” Ben Goldfarb explores an ongoing case with the power to revolutionize the way America grows its food.

by × March 19, 2012 × 3 comments

At Yale, Ecosystems, Forests

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Interview with the UN Forum on Forests’ Jan McAlpine

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: An Interview with the UN Forum on Forests’ Jan McAlpine

Jan McAlpine is Director of the United Nations Division on Forests and head of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat in support of all 193 countries in the United Nations.  The UNFF works to bring about the conservation, management and sustainable development of all types of forests. This includes a focus on the entire landscape—on people, soils, water, more »

Fisheries, Multimedia

Hauling in the Sound

Hauling in the Sound

In the wake of continually declining lobster stocks in Connecticut, Tahria Sheather follows one of the state’s few remaining full-time lobstermen, Mike Theiler, out for a day of hauling to explore what it’s really like to be a lobsterman these days in Long Island Sound and capture what is fast becoming an endangered livelihood.

by × March 7, 2012 × 1 comment

Ecosystems, Oceans

Sage Briefs: Wrong Place, Wrong Clime–Will Marine Sanctuaries Falter as Temperatures Rise?

Sage Briefs: Wrong Place, Wrong Clime–Will Marine Sanctuaries Falter as Temperatures Rise?

he golden promise of marine protected areas – ocean swaths set aside for the management of natural and cultural marine resources – may prove empty by mid-century. As global climate warms, so does ocean temperature, forcing species habitats pole-ward. Marine protected areas (MPAs) don’t tail along. Though the United States manages a network of more than 1,600 MPAs, climate change, more »

by × March 1, 2012 × 1 comment