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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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Wayne Pacelle: "The Humane Economy"

This has been a significant year for the animal rights movement. Sea World vowed to stop breeding orcas. And Walmart pledged to sell only cage-free eggs. The head of the Humane Society on how consumer pressure and innovation are driving animal protection.

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Will Nixing Pesticides Preserve Maryland's Bee Population?

In April, the state's General Assembly became the first in the nation to ban amateur use of pesticides with neonicotinoids, which are said to be harmful to bees.

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The Uncertain Future Of The Banana

A fungus that attacks banana plants continues to spread, threatening the future of the Cavendish, the world's most popular banana.

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Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming

From Newark to Tokyo, large-scale indoor farms are being built in and around cities worldwide. Proponents argue they provide fresher crops to local consumers, while cutting transportation costs, carbon emissions and water use. But skeptics say they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. The pros and cons of indoor urban agriculture.

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Debating Use Of Federal Lands: Bureau Of Land Management Director Neil Kornze

The extremist group behind the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon has demanded that all federal land be "returned to the people." We explore the history of federal land management, how the 250 million acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management are used, and why there's a vast cultural difference in how public land is viewed out West versus here on the East Coast.

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Immigration Reform And The Psychology of Local Voters

As the Obama administration steps up deportation raids of some undocumented immigrants, our region's officials and lawmakers are responding in very different ways, including debating the role of local law enforcement. We consider the ways emotion influence this issue in various parts of the region.

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Environmental Outlook: A New Push For Carbon Removal

The climate agreement reached in Paris last month set ambitious goals for curbing global warming. Some say those goals cannot be achieved through reducing emissions alone and that it's time to take a more serious look at carbon removal.

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A Seventh-Generation Maryland Farmer Embraces Her Roots

For 27-year-old Nora Crist, farming is in her blood: her family has been working the land in Howard County, Maryland, for hundreds of years.

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Environmental Outlook: Conservation In The 21st Century

As more and more people compete for space, food and water, some environmentalists say we need to rethink our approach to conservation. Join our discussion about what we should be conserving in the years ahead and why.

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