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Danielle Nierenberg
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Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank .

She is an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She recently spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia looking at environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger and poverty.

Her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian(UK), the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), the East African (Kenya), TIME magazine, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Voice of America, the Times of India, and other major publications.

She holds an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Monmouth College.

Follow her @DaniNierenberg

Entries by Danielle Nierenberg

Supporting Family Farmers in 2014 and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 5:54 AM

Throughout 2014, Food Tank has been honored to collaborate with numerous organizations--including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and many others--around the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

The IYFF, created by the United...

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Food Tank's Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative methods that are creating a better, more sustainable food system while educating and...

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10 Easy Ways You Can Build a Better Food System

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Are you ready to make daily decisions that help support a more sustainable food system, but done with the really easy stuff? Have you already started eating more vegetarian meals and developed an addiction to the farmers market? Are you ready to take more individual actions, but not ready to...

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Is Organic Food Better for You?

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Organic and agroecological farming methods typically build healthier soils, produce less pollution, and protect ecosystems better than conventional cultivation methods. However, scientists have only recently discovered that organic products are also better for eaters.

A new study by Newcastle University on organic versus conventional crops confirms that...

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How Vegetables Can Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Be sure to eat your vegetables!

Not only are they nutritious (vegetables are full of Vitamin A, iron, protein, and other nutrients), but they also add a pop of color and burst of flavor to meals. And, they can play a critical role in healing the food system.


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These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Innovations in agriculture don't just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects are the creations of youth and young people around the world. Food Tank is excited to highlight ten young foodies who make us more hopeful about the future.

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Making Agriculture Cool

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, for the majority of the world's youth, agriculture simply isn't seen as being "cool" or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay off -- and little room for career advancement.

With an aging population of farmers,

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Digging for Solutions in the Ground Beneath Our Feet

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Co-authored by Food Tank's Sarah Small and Grace Morgan

One of the most overlooked ingredients in farming exists right beneath farmers' feet -- healthy, fertile soils.

Unfortunately, this vital ingredient is being degraded and eroded at unprecedented rates across the world. According to the U.N. Food and...

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101 Hopeful Food Facts

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Food Tank is highlighting stories of hope, innovation, and success, in creating a better food system. From women's land access in Chad and urban green spaces in Australia to chefs in the United Kingdom and the United States implementing local, sustainable food sourcing--there are hundreds of innovations giving...

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Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:11 PM

April 22nd is Earth Day -- an annual celebration of the planet's biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Through more than one billion pledges to buy local produce, start composting, eat less meat, reduce energy...

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Six Innovative Initiatives That Are Working to Strengthen Women's Empowerment in Agriculture

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Food Tank is also excited to announce a new collaboration with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). GFAR brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. During 2014 and the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), GFAR...

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So What Can Parents Do To Encourage Healthy Eating In Their Children?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:14 AM

It's not enough to get kids to eat their vegetables.

Children with strict parents are more likely to be overweight, a new study has claimed. This warning comes weeks after British parents were criticized for being too lenient -- an indulgence which was, according to Sarah Beeny, television presenter...

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World Water Day: Getting More Crop Per Drop

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:32 PM

This Saturday, March 22, the world celebrates World Water Day.

Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation -- accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide.

Modern irrigation practices, including...

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Family Farmers + You

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:12 AM

By Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small, Food Tank

Family farmers are more than food producers. They are stewards of biodiversity, climate change fighters, and entrepreneurs, boosting local economies. To help them do their multiple jobs better, we need to invest more in family farmers, small and large, in...

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Food Tank's Spring Reading List

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:23 PM

This week, Food Tank has hand-picked 16 books that have educated, inspired, and informed us. They highlight sustainable agriculture, wild food, backyard gardening, soil health, and more.

From Sarah Elton's Consumed, a compilation of stories highlighting Elton's exploration of local efforts to achieve a more sustainable food system to The...

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14 Food Resolutions to Bring in the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 4:08 PM

As we enter 2014, there are still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger. Simultaneously, 65 percent of the world's population live in countries where obesity kills more people than those who are underweight. But these are problems that we can solve and there's a lot to be done in...

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What We Can Learn From Family Farmers in the United States

(28) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 9:29 AM

This post was co-written by Danielle Nierenberg, Barbara Gemmill-Herren, Benjamin Graub, and Caterina Batello.

On Thanksgiving we express gratitude for the abundance on our holiday tables, but rarely do we thank the people who grew, harvested, and processed that food.

But a very diverse group of family farmers around the...

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66 Instagram Accounts Helping Cultivate a Better Food System

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:50 AM

One of the fastest growing and powerful emerging social media networks is Instagram. The photo and video sharing site now has 150 million active users who are uploading an astonishing 55 million photos a day. To follow Food Tank on Instagram, click here!

And while Rihanna and Usher...

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Eight Mini-Stories of Family Farmers Nourishing the World -- And More

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Co-authored by Delaney Workman

Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70 percent of the world's fresh water use, 20-30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, and 80 percent of global deforestation. But there doesn't have to be a trade-off between a healthy...

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26 Films Every Food Activist Must Watch

(7) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Films and short videos are a powerful way of increasing awareness of and interest in the food system. With equal parts technology and artistry, filmmakers can bring an audience to a vegetable garden in Uganda, a fast food workers' rights protest in New York City, or an urban farm in...

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