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.