Menus of Change – Reimagining Engagement Strategies to Transform American Menus

  How can influential chefs, industry business leaders, and other food system changemakers break through the noise of misinformation and sensationalism to accelerate consumer engagement around sound diet and planetary health principles? From public awareness campaigns like Meatless Monday and #NoBeefWeek to popular documentaries like Meat Me Halfway, what strategies are leading experts and advocates […]

Poet Lady Katz Celebrates Planet Earth!

Poet Lady Katz Celebrates Planet Earth! Today is Earth Day.  Today is a day to reflect on the bounty this beautiful, diverse, nurturing planet provides us with.  We rise, in the morning, to the glory of sunrise, warm and nourishing, we retire, at night, to a setting sun.  It casts a glow across the horizon […]

You Can Help Save the Amazon One Hamburger at a Time

As I write this, I have only just received my personal copy of Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 4th Edition. For any who have written a textbook, you know how gratifying it is to get that baby in your arms after so long a gestation. For those of you who have not, my advice is: don’t. […]

Eating as if the World DEPENDS ON IT

The mission of my nearly 30-year-long career in medicine has been doing all I can, with nutrition in particular, to help add years to lives and life to years. That mission has evolved over the past decade and a half for one fundamental reason: there are no healthy, vital people on a ruined planet. If we want […]

Why It’s So Hard to Stop Amazon Deforestation, Starting With the Beef Industry

Why It’s So Hard to Stop Amazon Deforestation, Starting With the Beef Industry By Jessica Brice and Tatiana Freitas Brazil’s Amazon region has suffered more deforestation this year than any in the past decade. The lax environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro bear some of the blame; so, too, does climate change. But much can be laid […]

Satellite images show the Amazon rainforest is hurtling toward a ‘tipping point’

Satellite images show the Amazon rainforest is hurtling toward a ‘tipping point’ By Sarah Kaplan Viewed from space, the Amazon rainforest doesn’t look like an ecosystem on the brink. Clouds still coalesce from the breath of some 390 billion trees. Rivers snake their way through what appears to be a sea of endless green. Yet […]

RAINFOREST INFORMATION

RAINFOREST INFORMATION By Rhett A. Butler BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE RAINFOREST Rainforests are forest ecosystems characterized by high levels of rainfall, an enclosed canopy and high species diversity. While tropical rainforests are the best-known type of rainforest and the focus of this section of the web site, rainforests are actually found widely around the world, […]