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“Why I Quit Oil”

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After 12 years of profiting from the energy and agriculture markets, I resigned my position as a hedge fund portfolio manager last year. Now, as the founder of Sustainable America, I devote a material portion of my time and net worth to helping make our nation’s food and fuel systems more resilient. Here’s why

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2013 in Review: A Letter From Our Executive Director

Our Future is a Sustainable America

It has been an exciting year. 2013 was the first full year of operation for Sustainable America. The generous support and clear vision of Nick Tiller, our founder and chairman, provided us with a simple mandate: to improve the sustainability of America’s food and transportation fuel systems, and we’re proud of our progress so far. We’ve just released our 2013 Year-End Report that details the year’s efforts and accomplishments and shares our plans for 2014.

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Vote for Us on SXSW Eco

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We’re ready to spread the word about sustainability at the SXSW Eco conference happening this October in Austin, but we need your help. Please vote for our presentation proposals. All you have to do is register as a SXSW PanelPicker (it’s quick and painless), search for “Sustainable America” and give us a thumbs up for each one.

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How Much Corn Should We Put in Our Fuel Tanks? [video]

Want to know more about Sustainable America’s mission and work? Watch Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz explain how the rising demand for oil and food is dangerously intertwined and what we plan to do about it.

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IEA says the U.S. will become an oil exporter by 2030…

Pumping for oil by Farhan Amoor

With the release of the IEA’s latest report, it is important to keep in mind the whole energy picture for America’s future. It’s clear that energy resilience will require more than just an increase in oil production…

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PodPonics

PodPonics says that growing food in shipping containers is a ‘local everywhere’ approach.

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PharmPods

PharmPods let you grow greens in a shipping container – almost anywhere. With a proprietary technology and a brilliant business plan, PharmPod founder Scott Dittman hopes to see greens grown all over in his innovative hydroponic growing containers. It’s the type of innovation we need in the quest to develop more local food sources and reduce food miles.

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The Coming Saudi Oil Storm

At Sustainable America we found this article from Ned Davis Research important to share. As the authors John LaForge and Warren Pies illuminate, there is a perfect storm brewing in Saudi Arabia which could likely drive oil prices higher than we may have imagined in the near future.

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Invasion of the Superweeds

What is a weed? According to Wikipedia, a weed is “A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation…” A fitting description for the invasive superweeds currently inundating America’s agricultural heartlands.

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My name is Terry and I’m an oil addict…

In a clever series of public service announcements by The Human Impacts Institute, NYC Climate Coalition and NYC Oil Addicts Anonymous, oil addiction is satirized in the context of a twelve step program like Alcoholics Anonymous. This video addresses food … Continue reading

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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