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Improving the Quality of Life: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week's grantees demonstrate a heart for humanity, animal welfare, small businesses, and the environment -- vital resources that enrich our world and lives.

CSAs Aren't Just For Fruits And Vegetables Anymore

Tasting Table | Posted 01.29.2016 | Taste
Tasting Table

A CSA, which stands for community-supported agriculture, can be a wonderful way to learn about different kinds of produce while supporting local c...

How the Fourth Industrial Revolution Can Radically Improve Our Food Supply Chain

Patrick Struebi | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Patrick Struebi

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an unprecedented moment of opportunity for a world facing unprecedented challenges. One of the greatest challenges...

Invest in Ag Tech Education and Return Farmers to Entrepreneurship

Joe Kapp | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Entrepreneurship, like so much of American history, began on our nation's farms. From the moment the first ancestors planted a seed, watered it and wa...

My Gender Is Farmer

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Jenna Woginrich

If we're talking about sex, I see myself as a straight woman, but only in those rare moments like zooming through profiles on eHarmony or watching Jason Batemen in that Mumford and Sons video. Most of the time I see myself as Jenna: human being with shit to do.

Picturing Rural Iowa: The Photographs of Pete Wettach

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.07.2016 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

It's the summer of 1936. America is facing one of the most economically devastating periods in its history. A mere seven years earlier, the stock mark...

There Stood an Old House in the Catskills

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Rebecca Stoufis

There stood a wise old farmhouse that faced a cascade of green hills, which reached all the way to Pennsylvania, nestled in the Catskills of NY. The walls inside have hummed along to nursery rhymes, shed tears alongside those who wept, yawned with the sleepy mother nursing her newborn, listened intently to the prayers over clasped hands of the faithful, and brimmed over with joy and tireless love.

These 15 Restaurant Chains Are Switching To Cage-Free Eggs

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business

Call them birds of a feather. One by one, the country's major restaurant chains are promising to use only cage-free eggs.  Just this year, ...

We Know How To Make Farms More Sustainable, But We're Not Doing It

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact

Two years ago, when acclaimed food journalist Michael Pollan trumpeted “the most encouraging ag research finding of recent years,” most w...

Quit Treating Soil Like Dirt

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Pierre Ferrari

United Nations designated the entire year the International Year of Soils. And today is World Soil Day. As helpful as soil is to keeping humans alive, we humans haven't taken very good care of this precious, non-renewable resource.

What the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Could Do for Animals

Jacy Reese | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Jacy Reese

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, publicly announced on Tuesday a plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares to build a better world for their newborn daughter, Max.

Tools of the Trade

Sophie Mendelson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Sophie Mendelson

We can choose to pursue technologies that enable the kind of farming we want. Or we can choose to farm differently, in order to engage with the kinds of technologies we want, to the degree that we want.

Food Security Must Be a Top Priority for the Paris COP

Stéphane Le Foll | Posted 11.29.2015 | Green
Stéphane Le Foll

When we think of climate change, we tend to picture rising sea levels, higher temperatures, expanding deserts, more violent storms, melting ice caps. But we should also think of wasted fields and hungry people, because climate change poses a tremendous threat to our food supply for all countries.

What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 11.26.2015 | Business
Jennifer S. Hirsch

How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.

The Strange and Wondrous Life of an Urban Goat Herder

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Katie Tandy

I think we can all agree that goats are a little weird. Or at least, seemingly. They are, perhaps, not unlike the elusive durian--much-maligned for being thorny and smelly. But just as the durian's facade gives way to delectably sweet fruit, so too does a goat's.

Pig Destined for Slaughter Saved by Farm Worker

Rescue Idiot | Posted 11.16.2015 | Good News
Rescue Idiot

Dylan Parkinson reached out to Esther's Army back in September. Her dilemma? Dylan had been working at a farm in the state of Washington that raises pigs for slaughter. Her heart was touched deeply by the friendship she struck up with one of the pigs she cared for.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

We’re Running Out Of Farmland. Can A ‘Food Computer’ Save Us?

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact

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Progressive Farming Can Save Us From A Global Food Crisis

Now What | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green

We are on the precipice of a global food crisis. The math is simple and staggering: we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion peopl...

Don't Bake a Mouse in a Cake

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.04.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

My blossom on the youthful tree of life was not attractive. By age 11, I was a near-sighted, left-handed, gangly, goofy girl with wrinkly hair and absolutely no ability to conform. Outside of chores, the only activity for youth in the southern Idaho farming community of 1,000 people was a program called 4-H.

Emerging from the Field: Women and the Global Fight Against Hunger

Asma Lateef | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Asma Lateef

Traditionally, we have simply considered hunger the lack of food. Our development efforts have reflected that idea by focusing much of our food aid on providing sufficient calories to survive. Just as important, however, is the need for food that provides necessary nutrients for healthy lives.

The C-Word: Why Compromise Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word In Agriculture

Sophie Mendelson | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Sophie Mendelson

It's not acceptable to fail to grow enough food to meet demand, but neither is it acceptable to cripple already stressed ecosystems and water sources with substances that are known to be harmful.

Successful Women Entrepreneurs Give Back: Sarah Kaler

Monique Y. Wells | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Monique Y. Wells

Sarah describes the Africa Yoga Project as not only a vehicle to health, but also a vehicle to peace. Instructors who successfully complete the program teach yoga all over Kenya and now travel to other countries in East Africa and even to South Africa.

All Farmers Are Important to Feeding the World

Mara Sovey Downing | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Mara Sovey Downing

It is a daunting challenge to feed the 7.2 billion people who live on earth today as well as to meet the food requirements for a population expected t...

Retail Chatter #10

June Haynes | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
June Haynes

The common thread for a retailer, hotelier or restaurant is great service and experience; therefore, in the Caribbean, the challenge is keeping the core values consistent with its international counterparts.