Letters and Emails

Towards Global Recovery Letters to the EditorEarth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way #460 Berkeley, CA 94704 editor@earthisland.org Anna Lappé’s column (“It’s Alive! The Amazing World of Soil,”...


Paris and After

Will Paris be a success or a failure? It will be both. The real question is whether it opens the way to a meaningful “ambition ratcheting” mechanism.

Tom Athanasiou

Local News from All Over

photo Joseph KingIllegal gold mining is emerging as a new threat to the Amazon rainforest. The Forest and the Trees Gold Costs Trees Environmental advocates have long warned about the threats that log...


More Than Words

The race to save a Northern Paiute dialect that’s down to a handful of speakers reveals what we stand to lose when a language dies.

Jeremy Miller

One Word: Agroecology

The Tweet from global chemical giant Bayer links to a peppy quiz testing your honeybee knowledge. The announcement from Monsanto declares its commitment to a “milkweed” sanctuary near St. Louis fo...

Anna Lappé

Aaron Mair

Aaron Mair came to environmental activism via the social justice pathway. Back in the 1980s, he became embroiled in a fight to shut down a solid waste incinerator in Albany, NY. The incinerator would ...

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Wine Soul Train: Rumbling Past Food System Biases

Oakland Food Policy Council

Esperanza Pallana

Wild at Heart

Scientists and crop breeders are racing to identify the wild ancestors of domesticated plants before they disappear.

Bill Giebler

People as Medicine, Gathering as Activism

Real Food Real Stories

Pei-Ru Ko

When Radical Action is Moral

What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice
By Wen Stephenson
Beacon Press, 2015, 256 pages

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Teflon’s Toxic Legacy

For more than half a century DuPont hid information that a chemical it was using to make Teflon might be making people sick.

Sharon Kelly

Fighting Famine

The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World
By Joel K. Bourne Jr.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2015, 408 pages

Mark J. Palmer

Remnants of the American Dream

Michael Light

Zoe Loftus-Farren

Cultivating Meaningful Change

I recently had the opportunity to speak with a climate change organizer whose work deeply inspired me. Throughout our conversation, he lamented activists working to shed light on positive environmenta...

Kate Weiner

Unite and Diversify

I drink water straight from the tap at home. It’s tasty, it’s refreshing, and it’s healthy. At least I assume it’s healthy. Carla Bartlett assumed the same. For many years she drank “lots an...

Maureen Nandini Mitra

Hounding the Hunters

Animal rights activists are employing a new set of tactics to thwart hunters from taking down wolves, bears, and other game.

Beckie Elgin