Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Jan 25, 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards are based around the principles of sustainability and health. In addition, organic farming has many environmental advantages when compared to conventional farming. Organic farming supports biodiversity and soil health, decreases nutrient runoff and has the ability to mitigate climate change. These science-based facts are missed in Henry Miller’s opinion piece “Why Organic Isn’t Sustainable” published in Forbes magazine. Several of Miller’s points lack sources, and when citations are provided, they often link to papers that do not support his claims. In fact, some of the studies he cites contradict his arguments. This is not the first time The Organic Center has responded to Miller’s opinion pieces. This piece, like his previous articles, should have been fact checked before published.Read more >
Jan 24, 2015
In December 2014, several Switzer Fellows attended the COP20 events in Lima, Peru, and we are proud to feature Sarah Lupberger's and Dave Kramer's thoughts on the event.Read more >
Jan 22, 2015
Last October a number of Fellows and colleagues convened at the 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, California. A primary objective of the conference was to enhance connections between the science and management communities of the Delta to ensure a two-way flow of information on Delta environmental issues. Fellows at the conference included Stuart Siegel, Katrina Schneider, Jessica Davenport, Caitlin Crain, and Andrea Shephard.Read more >
Dec 21, 2014
Paying attention to the twinned threats of climate change and species extinction requires ingenuity, cash, and nimble legal mechanisms. Two novel solutions—REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and Biodiversity Offsetting—comprise potentially win-win solutions.Read more >
Oct 3, 2014
What is the real meaning of the thousands of climate demonstrations around the world last month for President Obama and mainstream party politicians? Read Fellow John Berger's thoughts and an excerpt of his new book.Read more >
Sep 22, 2014
Resilience. It certainly wasn’t the first word we ever uttered at Dartmouth as very green undergraduates, but it defined our time there in different ways. From the survival lessons brutally served up by first New Hampshire winters to the taste of a whole new level of academic rigor and...Read more >
Sep 22, 2014
This is the year for two notable, and related, anniversaries. As we observe the 200th birthday of the national anthem of the United States, “The Star-Spangled Banner” by lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key, there’s a second anniversary to remember. It’s a dark stain...Read more >
Aug 12, 2014
You know intuitively that organic food is good for you and that it’s the healthiest choice you can make at the farmer’s market and grocery store. Your gut tells you that organic is better for you than food sprayed with synthetic toxic pesticides designed to kill insects, fungus, and...Read more >
Jul 16, 2014
On May 9th and 10th, 2013 Fellows Anne Clark Baker and Valerie Moye traveled to Brooklyn, New York, and enjoyed working together at EcoHack, a worldwide event with simultaneous ‘hack-a-thons’ in San Francisco, New York City, Sao Paolo, and Madrid. Baker attended as a participant, and...Read more >
Jul 16, 2014
I have been working in the area of water resource policy and management for two decades and specifically on reducing the impacts of stormwater pollution for the last eleven years. At ASWM, among my many other projects, I am currently working to identify states where stormwater management...Read more >

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