Looking at a hover of trout or a shoal of salmon, we can ask if a fish hatchery is the way to preserve a population for recreation and conservation.
Whether it relates to coffee grounds or new clothing patterns, zero waste design can optimize economic efficiency in surprising ways.
If we want our Legos to match, attach, and detach, we might have to wait awhile for them to develop the appropriate bio-based plastic.
With population growth adding almost three billion people by 2050, we need to figure out how to produce more food with less land and fewer emissions.
Not only providing a lesson that relates to building nest tunnels, ant economics can also teach us about diminishing returns to scale.
Store by store, through one aisle that has 700 items, the Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza will support sustainability with plastics-free grocery shopping.
Looking at entrée, bread and plate sizes in versions of the Last Supper during the past millennium gives us some clues about portion size history.
33 years ago, an environmentalist and a economist made a $1000 bet. In The Population Bomb (1968), Paul Ehrlich predicted global ecological calamity. Disagreeing, Julian Simon said that free markets would solve environmental problems. The bet involved the prices of…
The world is getting richer. And richer people eat more meat. And the animals they eat consume more food. Also, everyday, the world has more people. The bottom line? According to a study from Nature, we have to double the…
We can travel very quickly from China to Iowa. In an excellent report from The Economist on feeding the world, you can see how an increasingly affluent Chinese urban consumer affects many of us. One example connects more Chinese meat…