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Composting in Detroit Gets a Boost From the Philippines

On a recent Saturday morning, Pamela McGhee and several neighbors were busy at work in a community garden on Detroit’s East Side, weighing food scraps and assessing compost piles for compliance. Items in the compost are assessed according to a “yuck” and “yay” system. “Yuck” items, like animal bones and meat, which do not compost well,READ MORE

U.S. Route 40 Overpass Bridge (1978) over Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at Mulberry Street, Baltimore, MD

“It Was Like Taking the Heart Out of the Body.”

Growing up in Rosemont, a once vibrant Black neighborhood on Baltimore’s West Side, Glenn Smith remembers “having everything you needed” — parks, markets and even a movie theater — within walking distance of the home he shared with his parents and seven siblings. “It was a Norman Rockwell existence,” he said.  But in 1974, when SmithREAD MORE

How Cities Can Help the U.S. Reduce Food-Related Emissions

The United States must cut back on its meat consumption in order to meet its climate goals. Meat and dairy account for nearly 15 percent of global greenhouse emissions, and Americans eat more meat per capita than any other country.  Though it is long understood that reducing meat consumption is one of the most meaningful waysREAD MORE