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Island Press Field Notes

By Katharine Sucher / On September 15th, 2016

As a regular consumer of food, you would be reasonable to assume that food laws and agencies work to combat things like food waste, foodborne illness, inhumane livestock conditions, and disappearing fish stocks. However, some regulations do just the...

Photo credit: Supreme Court Pediment by Flickr.com user Kevin Harber

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On September 14th, 2016

Food lawyer and scholar Baylen Linnekin shares six ways that today's food rules hurt sustainable food producers and consumers.

By Charles R. Wolfe / On September 13th, 2016

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which...

By Kathleen Culliton / On September 12th, 2016

NYC's outdated, blackout-prone electrical grid is a dangerous liability in the era of climate change. Luckily there are community-led energy solutions worth shining a light on.

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By Katharine Sucher / On September 9th, 2016

In his latest book, esteemed architect and city planner Alexander Garvin explores the question What Makes a Great City. As Garvin...

By Katharine Sucher / On September 2nd, 2016

In a year when headlines are dominated by drought and news of Lake Mead water levels falling to historic lows, John Fleck's Water is for...

By Rebecca Wodder / On August 30th, 2016

To build resilience to twenty-first century challenges, a transformational water ethic must not only respect the water rights of nature, but also the water rights of people, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Photo credit: Fountain by Flickr.com user Nicola

By Katharine Sucher / On August 29th, 2016

Read a Q&A with John Fleck, author of Water is for Fighting Over...and Other Myths about Water in the West.

Grand Canyon/Photo Credit: Becca Bright

By John Fleck / On August 25th, 2016

On its centennial, there is no question in my mind about the central role of the U.S. National Park Service in my life’s trajectory.

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

Earlier this year, Italy adopted measures to reduce the quantity of food that's wasted in the country. The ...

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