Should You Even Ask For A Glass Of Water At Restaurants In Bone-Dry California?

New rules put parched diners in a tough spot
Mar 18, 2015 3:00 pm

The once-standard complimentary glass of water is no longer automatic when patrons sit down to dine at restaurants in California. On Tuesday, the drought-stricken state imposed new conservation rules that prohibit restaurants from serving the life-sustaining liquid unless customers ask for it. But just because you can ask for water doesnt mean you should. We examine the moral dilemma.

The Best Beer In The U.S. Is Now On...Drought?

Extreme dryness in California poses threat to beer
Aug 20, 2014 10:00 am

While it may have been a wet summer on the East Coast (recently drenched with more than a foot of rain) much of the West Coast has been going through severe drought, affecting breweries' production, pricing and most importantly, their beers' taste. This reality is staring down some of the best breweries in California, like Lagunitas and Bear Republic, both of which source water from the Russian River.

What Is Up With All These Rumors Of Shortages?

Bacon, pumpkin spice lattes, what's next?
Oct 10, 2012 4:02 pm
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News agencies have been quick to cry wolf pig in recent weeks, with rumors flying around regarding shortages of a couple of our most beloved guilty pleasures. First, it was reported that a global pork shortage was unavoidable. Next, it was the end of pumpkin spice lattes due to a drain in supplies of pumpkin spice syrup. What exactly is the truth behind these claims?

There Are Reports Of A Global Pork Shortage And It's Freaking Us Out

Start hoarding that Oscar Mayer, kids
Sep 25, 2012 3:01 pm
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A recent report from Britain's National Pig Association states that a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable. The European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and that this trend is being mirrored around the world. So what exactly could this projected shortage mean to you?

It's Not A Good Week To Be A Farmer

The drought & farm bill team up to cause trouble
Jul 20, 2012 9:01 am

The drought and the farm bill are giving farmers across the country a collective headache — and they're not the only ones who will feel the consequences. Read more after the jump.

Horn of Africa FWD Day is Today

Dedicated to getting facts out about the famine
Nov 9, 2011 2:16 pm

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new effort to aid famine victims in the Horn of Africa: FWD Day. The mission of FWD Day is straightforward: get 13.3 million FWDs (posts, tweets, etc) out today to spread the word about the...

3 Voices on the Dire Situation in Africa

The lack of aid and what's in store for the future
Sep 28, 2011 3:31 pm
Drought in Africa
Photo: IFRC on Flickr

As drought and famine continue to persist in the Horn of Africa many are questioning the failure of relief agencies and governments to implent immediate relief efforts. Currently, malnutrition rates in Somalia are at a shocking 50 percent and the UN estimates that $2.4 billion is still needed in aid. 

8 Shocking Horn of Africa Statistics

More funding is needed to help drought victims
Sep 16, 2011 9:28 am
Photo: oxfam east africa on Flickr

Despite a lack of funding for humanitarian aid and alarming malnutrition rates, the Horn of Africa crisis has almost disappeared from the headlines. Conditions are still dire and assistance is greatly needed.

Below are 8 shocking statistics about the crisis:

1. The World Food Programme is...


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