September 4, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Almost 20 percent of grain in China lost or wasted from field to fork

A comprehensive new review of food waste in the People’s Republic of China has concluded that about 19 of every 100 pounds of grain produced in the country go to waste, with related losses of water for irrigation and farmland productivity. Continue reading

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July 26, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Pesticides contaminate frogs from Californian national parks

Pesticides commonly used in California’s Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, have been found in remote frog species miles from farmland. Researchers have demonstrated the contamination of Pacific Tree Fogs in remote mountain areas, including national parks; supporting past research on the potential transport of pesticides by the elements. Continue reading

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July 25, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Why Johnny and Joanie still can’t walk to school

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
 
In rapidly suburbanizing Loudoun County, Virginia, west of Washington, DC, parents are up in arms about a substantial cutback in school bus service.  … Continue reading

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June 10, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Pollinators easily enhanced by flowering agri-environment schemes

European agri-environment schemes enhance wild pollinators on farmland, new research shows. The effects increased with the number of flowers brought back by the schemes. Recent studies have shown that wild pollinators are instrumental in providing poll… Continue reading

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April 17, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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The interdependence of successful towns and the rural landscape

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As I wrote two years ago, a successful rural landscape – working farms and forests, and natural areas that last – is utterly dependent on successful to… Continue reading

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February 27, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Meet America’s most diverse neighborhoods – some may surprise you

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Seven of the ten most diverse neighborhoods in America are suburban.  None of them are in the evolving, creative-class city and inner suburban districts that … Continue reading

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February 17, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Where am I? Given crazy jurisdictional borders, it’s hard to tell

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
We’re looking at a satellite image of Netherlands countryside surrounding the Dutch town of Baarle-Nassau, home to just under 7,000 residents.  (No… Continue reading

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December 20, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Fixing suburbs with green streets that accommodate everyone

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
We’ve made such a mess of the suburbs we constructed in the last fifty or so years that one wonders whether they can ever be made into something more sustain… Continue reading

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August 5, 2011
by Mark Izeman
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Photos: NRDC New York Visits Urban Farms

Mark Izeman, Senior Attorney and Director of the New York Urban Program, New York The last thing the world needs is another blog about local food.
But hold on.
Today’s entry isn’t about the food itself.  It’s about warehouse roof… Continue reading

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June 13, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Can this dead suburban mall be transformed into something better? It’s complicated.

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
 
Jamestown Mall, 16 miles north of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, is an environmental disaster.  Built on farmland in an area rich with environmentally s… Continue reading

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December 6, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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It’s time to update the definition of "smart growth"

   
It has been a dozen years or so, fifteen at the most, since a broad but committed group of advocates and organizations coalesced around a shared set of beliefs that, borrowing from then-Maryland-governor Parris Glendening’s la… Continue reading

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