As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals share their seeds at the library. On Feb. 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah’s Ark for the world’s food… Read More As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

For Native Women: A Place to Give Birth and Take On Trauma

Nicolle Gonzales has the stamina of a long-distance runner, which she is, and the authority that comes from guiding nervous mothers-to-be through difficult labor. Her confidence was hard-won: She is a survivor of sexual abuse who gave birth to her first child at age 20 in a noisy hospital room, crowded with relatives and attended… Read More For Native Women: A Place to Give Birth and Take On Trauma

Want to Regain the American People’s Trust? Give Us Medicare for All

In spite of a media black-out, Medicare for All is supported by a majority of Americans. Here’s how it could transform politics—and our society. $300 billion over 10 years. That’s how much the wealthy stand to gain if the House version of TrumpCare becomes law, according to The New York Times. Nearly everyone else stands to… Read More Want to Regain the American People’s Trust? Give Us Medicare for All

Photo Essay: Gardens, Markets, and Protecting the Commons in Berlin

What is the good life? Where do we find well-being and sustainable happiness? The World Happiness Report says Americans are increasingly unhappy, and the tearing of the social fabric is a major reason. Without common spaces, it can be hard to connect. While I was in Berlin, I met Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen, a sociologist, an author of several books… Read More Photo Essay: Gardens, Markets, and Protecting the Commons in Berlin

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural areas of the Midwest, South, and West on the road trip that resulted in the book The Revolution Where You Live. Many of these are the… Read More Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

The Small Dutch Town That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

It was an odd sight for residents of Zaandam, a quaint Dutch town 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam. A public park in a village known for 18th-century windmills and wooden clogs had suddenly filled with rows of white tents. Five hundred refugees, mainly from Syria and Iraq, mostly men, had arrived by bus in… Read More The Small Dutch Town That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home