Meat Subsidies and Veggie Burgers

Tomas Santos Veggie burgers aren’t expensive, meat just seems really really cheap. The absurd dichotomy comes from government subsidies as well as a short-term, amortized cost analysis. Factors that play into the hidden costs of meat include taxes as well as environmental and health ramifications. US taxpayers spend $38 billion dollars each year on meat [...]

Farm-to-Table or Table-to-Farm?: Recycled Food Waste as Animal Feed

Maddie Mikschl With staggering amounts of food waste in America entering landfills, new methods for recycling this food waste are continually arising and developing. Our food and agriculture industry is extremely carbon intensive, leaving us without the option to continue using it inefficiently. The process of recycling food waste into use for animal feed is [...]

Branch Out: Engaging Those Most Affected by Environmental Issues

Mira Cheng Just this past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the TEDxBerkeley conference. Amongst the whirlwind of revolutionary ideas, I was struck by Adrianna Quintero’s call for inclusivity in the environmental movement. Quintero pointed out that contrary to some of our misconceptions, people all across the spectrums of race, party, and income support [...]

What does resiliency mean in the context of cities?

In 2017 alone, superfluous natural-disasters from Typhoon Damrey inundating Vietnam ($600M in damages), earthquakes devastating Mexico ($2B USD in damages), to Hurricane Harvey ravaging the US ($125B in damages) have overwhelmed the global community (Jeffery, Steinberg).  Ergo, Jaimie Masterson has dubbed recent decades the “New Era of Catastrophes;” his research indicates that since 1980, natural-disasters have [...]