Food & Health


Grad assistant in an urban garden
February 26, 2014

Growing your own vegetables can be a great practice for homeowners and renters. It promotes a healthier diet, saves money, and provides exercise....

Chicago City Hall rooftop garden
January 27, 2014

The purple lovegrass, orange trumpet vine and black-eyed Susan are no longer in bloom at this time of year. Yet one of the most prized...

Kristen McIvor
December 05, 2013

Community gardens—spaces where friends, neighbors, or even complete strangers come together to grow food, flowers, and community—are...

Hands holding soil and plant roots
November 21, 2013

With estimates of the world population reaching nine billion by 2050, an increase in food production will become vital. There are limited...

Lake Superior in winter
October 31, 2013

Agriculture is one of the most insatiable consumers of dwindling water resources around the world. And food production will need to increase by...

hands holding compost
October 23, 2013

With higher populations and limited space, urban areas are not often thought of as places for agriculture. A recent surge in community gardens,...

Wastewater treatment plant
October 03, 2013

Most people equate antibiotic resistance with the medical field. But antibiotic resistance is also in our soils. And the field of agriculture...

urban garden
September 18, 2013

In many cities around the world, patrons of high-end restaurants want quality food that is flavorful and fresh. To satisfy their guests, chefs...

Garden in city yard
September 05, 2013

On July 4, 1866 in Portland, ME, an errant firework sparked a fire in an empty boat house. That fire spread, and when the night was over, more...

grapes on the vine
July 14, 2013

In the picturesque valley of Napa, California, visitors enter the tasting room at Etude to sample an array of wines. Along with the bottles of...