Stories by Rachel Cernansky

Rachel Cernansky is a Denver-based freelance journalist, primarily covering the environment, social justice, and nutrition. Her work has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic News, Grist, The Christian Science Monitor, 5280 (The Denver Magazine), Real Simple, Nutrition Business Journal, The Colorado Independent, The Daily Camera, Dowser, Satya and others. subscribe to Rachel Cernansky's feed

Posted on: Jan 8, 2017, Source: Ensia

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2016, Source: Ensia

As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for ecosystem health.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2016, Source: Ensia

Researchers are building on age-old practices to reduce food loss in Africa.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2014, Source: Civil Eats

The FDA's new dietary guidelines leave out a crucial warning about canned tuna.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

A new report from the Environmental Working Group, the Meat Eater's Guide, assesses the environmental and health impact of our food choices.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

"Dietary shift can be a more effective means of lowering an average household's food-related climate footprint than 'buying local.'"

Posted on: Jun 27, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

U.S. farm subsidies continue to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to people who don't live anywhere near a farm and whose daily lives have nothing to do with farming.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2011, Source: TreeHugger

An investigation in Bolivia, where some of the factories are located, reports that the reality on the ground doesn't quite match up to Walmart's claims.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

Through an undercover investigation in Virginia, the Humane Society of the U.S. caught horrific treatment of female pigs and piglets on video.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

The system will treat and recycle wastewater on site, reducing "generation of wastewater and demand for potable water, while increasing the local aquifer recharge."

Posted on: Nov 30, 2010, Source: TreeHugger

A new interactive map illustrates the geographic shift in where factory farms have been concentrated and in how food is raised in the U.S.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2010, Source: Planet Green

Communities in Ecuador, Brazil and Peru all threatened by massive water-related projects.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2010, Source: Planet Green

From sludge-derived biodiesel to microbial fuel cells, it seems like the possibilities for wastewater are endless.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2010, Source: Planet Green

Some people might be skeptical (with reason) about the effectiveness of this legislation—what will make it any different than similar, not-so-successful efforts?

Posted on: Aug 20, 2010, Source: Planet Green

A bill in Pittsburgh would ban corporations from drilling for natural gas. A bold move -- will it work?

Posted on: Jun 17, 2010, Source: Planet Green

It's pretty cheap (for the farmers), thanks to a federal livestock grazing program that fails to make ends meet.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source: Planet Green

Don't plan on entering Wafu for "guilty free Japanese cuisine" unless you're ready to eat everything in front of you.

Posted on: May 27, 2010, Source: Planet Green

Check out this scorecard from Greenpeace that gives major chain supermarkets a ranking for how well they score in terms of supplying sustainably-sourced seafood.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2010, Source: Planet Green

The company says it is part of its efforts to help the 1.2 billion who lack access to clean water but Dow has contaminated water supplies for many of those people.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2010, Source: Planet Green

A lawsuit filed in California claims many popular fish oil companies knowingly sell products contaminated with high levels of toxic PCBs.