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Agriculture

Table it

With holidays bringing people with disparate views together for meals, columnist Liza Field sees food as the great connector — person to person, people to planet. […]

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Environment/Conservation

This little light of ours

As the autumn daylight wanes, nature and the human body ordinarily adjust themselves for winter. But increasingly, we’re setting the world aglow 24/7 with all-night lighting. Liza Field takes a look at research illuminating a few of the fiscal, environmental and healthcare costs of that new light bill. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Leaving Candyland

Humans are attracted to sweetness–not just in food, but in media fare. The urge to avoid bitter realities and sweets that comfort makes us vulnerable to plenty of sticky disinformation, writes Liza Field, in this examination of bees, pesticides and PR. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Deeper fractures

Are we cracked in the head? The proliferation of natural gas exports–and the wake of increased U.S. fracking–expose deep fault lines in the land, U.S. communities and plain old logic. Liza Field suggests a look beneath those fissures for deeper solutions. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Breathing with relief

Getting out for a breath of fresh air is a springtime joy. It’s the very symbol of aliveness and freedom, writes Liza Field. So it surprised her to hear the EPA’s latest clean air rules described as “tyranny” and clouded by misinformation. This commentary looks at some big-money sources, along with some rarely-noticed payoffs for clearing the air. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Getting big or getting out

It’s time for diet season around the U.S., in a big way. Two-thirds of our population is now overweight and leaving a heavier footprint. While we’ve been gaining, the biosphere has been losing. This growing imbalance, Liza Field suggests, we could reverse, from a lose-lose to a win for both human and planetary health. […]

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Agriculture

Gone/green

Europe is converting coal-burning power plants to burn wood pellets, leading to the cutting of U.S. east coast hardwood forests, an unintended consequence of what was supposed to be a good green idea. […]

Ice in Gid Brown Hollow after this week's storm.
Environment/Conservation

Our alienation from hibernation

During these short days of winter, all of nature slows and rests. Why don’t we, wonders Liza Field, a teacher, writer, and philosopher who writes from Virginia. If we did, it would be good for us, and our world, she says. […]

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Environment/Conservation

It’s leave-them-be season

Does money grows on trees? Only to those who can see it. Every autumn, a steady xylem and phloem of tourist plates pour up and down old roads and scenic byways from New England to Georgia. The trees do the work; we locals get the profit. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Connecting the buzz

Why is Bayer CropScience suing the European Commission — and what would gardener Thomas Jefferson do? Connect the dots, writer Liza Field suggests. […]

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Environment/Conservation

Drinking the bathwater

Swimsuit season is here with its usual mix of euphoria and dread. But worries over appearances will dissolve when readers take a look under the surface at the chemical bath we’re jumping into these days, while taking the other species with us. […]

Environment/Conservation

It’s 2013: Time to grow up?

“In all your official acts, self interest shall be cast into oblivion . . . return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right.” Columnist Liza Field takes her cue from the circa-1450 Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy to look for ways to make a better 2013. […]