Roadkill Ecology

How to dispose of roadkill and help lazy zoo animals at the same time.

Green Building: LEEDing Us Where?

What good does green building do when our cities are, by design, ecological train wrecks?

The Persistence of the Primitive Food Movement

Americans are currently embracing a strange sort of primitivism. Bicycles are losing gears, runners are afoot in shoes designed to create a barefoot sensation (some are even running barefoot), and men are growing bushy Will Oldham-like beards. It's all very curious and entertaining.

Technology and Tenure

Should publishing requirements for tenure go up for scholars in the humanities and social sciences?

Depression Apples

It may be the most emotionally powerful photograph to come out of the Great Depression: the well-dressed, unemployed business man hawking apples for a nickel on a city street corner. It's a poignant image-the stoic gentleman attempting to preserve a vestige of dignity for himself and his family. But is it an accurate reflection of the era?

How About Them (Wrapped) Apples?

Food packaging seems like a straightforward problem with a straightforward solution: there's too much of it; it piles up in landfill; we should reduce it. These opinions are standard among environmentalists, many of whom have undertaken impassioned campaigns to shroud consumer goods-including food-in less and less plastic, cardboard, and aluminum.

Italy's Culinary Paradox

Food is fiction, after all, and there are many advantages to keep telling beautiful stories that brighten our day by enriching our palette. Plus, the moment we might start thinking about the culinary implications of a riot, things can become pretty tasteless.

Crate Expectations

If you ever find yourself in a room full of pig farmers and want to start a fight, just ask about farrowing crates. A farrowing crate is a cage that confines a lactating sow. Its dimensions are tight — a typical crate enables a mother pig to move a few inches in any direction.

A crated pig can do little more than lie on her side, position her nipples in the right direction, and provide mother's milk to her piglets on the other end of prison-like bars. Some farmers deem this confined arrangement the cruelest manifestation of factory farming.

It's not hard to see why.

Is Locavorism for Rich People Only?

Sustainably produced local food is not accessible by all. In general, only the elite few with the time and material resources to capitalize on such environmental munificence have the time and money to benefit from transparently sustainable farms. As a result, the preconditions are inadvertently established for something that generally tends not to bind diverse communities into a cozy whole, but to fragment them: exclusivity.

Let the Farmers' Market Debate Continue

Most of us must admit that in many cases we really haven't a clue if the local farmers we support run sustainable systems.