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Island Press Field Notes

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On May 25th, 2016

A judge stopped mandatory labels, which had been set to take full effect this week.

By Andy Dyer / On May 18th, 2016

The push for organic food to supplant conventionally produced food (i.e., produced with pesticides, supplements and artificial fertilizers) has always been hampered by the claim that the organic production style couldn’t provide the volume of food needed...

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On May 13th, 2016

Washington, DC attorneys Allison Sheedy and Daniel McInnis share their home in the city’s Chevy Chase neighborhood with their four children. They share their large yard with Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Minnie Mouse, India, and Red, their four egg-laying hens.

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On May 11th, 2016

This is what happens when government regulators control definitions of words.

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On May 4th, 2016

What happens when warnings about processed meat's cancer risk collides with California's absurd Prop 65 (over)warning law?

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On April 27th, 2016

It's based on research and sharing information, not on more regulations.

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On April 20th, 2016

Follow the new guidelines at your own peril.

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Kennedy Warne / On March 29th, 2016

The closing of a loophole in a venerable tariff act that allowed goods derived from slave labor to enter the US is...

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By Andy Dyer / On March 28th, 2016

The Cavendish banana was truly fortunate to have been discovered by humans. Without our adoption, this sweet and attractive—but seedless—banana would have disappeared into the jungle long ago because, as a genetic mistake, it was doomed to be an asexual...

Photo Credit: Shrimp farming in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012 via Flickr.com user WorldFish

By Laurie Mazur / On July 6th, 2015

Consider, for a moment, that lettuce leaf on your plate. It probably traveled a long way to get there—about 1,500 miles, on average.1 In fact, your dinner has probably seen more of the world than you have: the average American meal contains ingredients...

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