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  • It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    FAST COMPANY 03/09/21 By Michael Shank Now that Tom Vilsack is back at the helm at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for his second stint as secretary, receiving Senate confirmation last month, he’s been promoting conservation and a new bank to convince farmers to support climate action by paying […]

  • Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

    Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

    Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic Building Peace, Pursuing Justice Edited By Richard E. Rubenstein, Solon Simmons 2021 Book Description In this edited volume, experts on conflict resolution examine the impact of the crises triggered by the coronavirus and official responses to it. The pandemic has clearly exacerbated existing social and […]

  • USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

    USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

    VTDIGGER 02/23/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is […]

  • The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

    The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

    THE HILL 02/23/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is indicating that he’s newly committed to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that prioritizes sustainability, regenerative and climate resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as […]

  • Animal Welfare in Rutland County

    Animal Welfare in Rutland County

    RUTLAND HERALD 01/29/21 By Michael Shank For those who have been following this story in Brandon regarding our recently dismissed Animal Control Officer (ACO), a story the Rutland Herald covered recently, there’s some additional information and background that will be helpful in both unpacking what happened and preparing and equipping […]