Stories by Stan Cox

Stan Cox is a senior plant breeder at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. His book Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing was published this month by the New Press.  subscribe to Stan Cox's feed

Posted on: May 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The debate over dropping junk food from the nation’s biggest nutrition program cuts across the political spectrum in unpredictable ways.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

With 90 percent of all international cargo being hauled by sea, we rely heavily on the exploitation of seafarers, mostly from low-income countries.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In a city like Mumbai, where the water supply is barely sufficient to fill the needs of the population, ordinary people won't get their fair share without fighting for it.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Should we be talking about extreme weather events as evidence of global warming? The experts weigh in.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The gas industry makes its product look more virtuous by distorting a single fact.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

There's no doubt that air-conditioning can save your life, but as heat waves increase in the future, should we all be armed with A/C?

Posted on: Jul 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We live in a society that has been built around the idea of energy-intensive cooling. Here are some easy ways you can stay cool and cut your summer energy consumption.

Posted on: May 2, 2010, Source: Synthesis/Regeneration

'Vertical' farming would not solve the most pressing agricultural problems -- just make things worse.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Climate-induced earthquakes, bottomless pits of oil, pet dinosaurs and a miraculous energy source: For the sake of public policy, it's important to debunk the lies.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Counting food miles can lead to wrong turns: Instead of worrying about how far our food has traveled we should look at the way it's produced and hauled.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Natural gas is "clean" only in contrast to coal -- just as a bacon cheeseburger can only be regarded as healthful compared with a double bacon cheeseburger.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Those expensive juices with exotic ingredients promise a healthy body and a fat income. But can they pull you through a recession and a health-care crisis?

Posted on: Mar 19, 2009, Source: Prairie Writers Circle

The feds are spending $18 billion to stimulate the Internet -- and that means a huge increase in energy consumption.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A thousand people a day move to Florida, but with development gone wild, the state's natural systems have passed the brink of sustainability.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

Christmas after Christmas, polls show that clothing, the most popular present among givers, is ranked as the 'most disappointing gift.'

Posted on: Oct 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

If we scale down economic activity -- especially if the rich do -- we could all live in a cleaner world.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

As our consumer goods travel thousands of miles by boat, train and truck, they're leaving a trail of soot and cancer in their wake.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2008, Source: Prairie Writers Circle

20% of Americans are subject to homeowners associations, which have sweeping powers to dictate almost anything you want to do to your own home.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

SUVs and big pickups are waddling off into the sunset, leaving Americans with no more excuses for the nation's profligate oil use.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The corporate agriculture industry would like nothing better than to see us spend all of our free time in our gardens and not in political dissent.

Posted on: May 27, 2008, Source: Pluto Press

Our obsession with dieting, including the low-carb Atkins fad, may be good for our economy but it's a nightmare for the environment and our health.

Posted on: May 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Can the pumping of ethanol into American fuel tanks really make it harder for parents to feed their families?

Posted on: Apr 27, 2008, Source: AlterNet

As long as an investing class makes all major environmental decisions, no new sources of energy will replace even one barrel or ton of fossil fuel.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

Five states are locked in fierce competition over a proposed bioterror lab that will host the world's most feared human and animal pathogens.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Agribusiness and politicians are sucking our country dry with mandates for biofuels.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The chemical industry has helped fortify our homes against microbial invasion. But is our fear of germs making us even sicker?

Posted on: Jan 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Welcome to the weird world of medical prayer. What, if anything, does it accomplish?

Posted on: Nov 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Americans' out-of-control clothing shopping is causing an ecological plague, humanitarian nightmare and the need for some really, really big closets.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Space hasn't yet been weaponized but it is already highly militarized, thanks to a money-hungry arms industry and a commission started by Rumsfeld.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The recent mansion boom produced millions of energy-wasting homes with thousands of square feet that Americans don't need -- not the behavior of a society that's thinking about a sustainable future.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Many of us rely on drugs imported from developing countries like India. But a new report reveals the toxic industry that produces them and the people who pay the price.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

For years, opponents of cell towers and wireless technology have voiced concerns about potential health effects of electromagnetic fields. Once ridiculed as crackpots and Luddites, they're starting to get backup from the scientific community.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Homeowner association regulations often make environmental responsibility impossible by outlawing clotheslines, solar panels -- even gardens.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Banks have a habit of using your savings to give credit to unseemly industries like cluster bomb manufacturers and Big Coal -- but finding a practical alternative can be tricky.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Evidence is piling up that emissions from the production of synthetic compounds in non-stick cookware, cleaning products, and a host of other common products may cause cancer and other health problems.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2006, Source: AlterNet

This Christmas, America's pets will be tearing open $5 billion worth of presents, making them luxury consumers in their own right.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2006, Source: AlterNet

You can't understand this country's politics using red and blue; the USA's voting patterns make more sense when the country's Wal-Marts, ecological habits, income and population size are spread across the same map.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Everyone's heard about the human rights abuses in African gold and diamond mines. But when it comes to their ultra-cool, razor-thin cell phones, American consumers won't get the message.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Everyone from anti-contraception Christians to zero-population-growth advocates is using the U.S's looming 300-million mark to advance their agenda.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Air-conditioning puts a chill on community spirit, aids the cause of anti-enviros, and just might have given us President George W. Bush.

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