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Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier

Hugh Locke | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Hugh Locke

One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.

Farming May Have Started Way Earlier Than Scientists Thought

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.25.2015 | Science

When did humans first begin farming? Scientists have long thought that our prehistoric ancestors didn't start raising crops until some 12,000 ye...

A Starving Farmer: The Story of a WWII Survivor

Aubrie Przybysz | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Aubrie Przybysz

Joseph Przybysz, my grandfather, never dreamed of coming to America. When he was a young boy in Poland, years before the German occupation, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents.

Dan Barber Is Changing How We Dine

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.21.2015 | Taste
Janice S. Lintz

Heads crane throughout the room to see what fellow diners are tasting. It is easy to have food envy.

Salmonella Is On The Rise: Stop Cuddling With Your Chickens

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Some people simply can't resist letting their pets sleep with them. But curling up with cats and dogs is one thing. Cuddling with chickens? That's a whole different one.

Here's Why Even Organic Farms Are Awful For Animals -- And How They Can Be Improved

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact

Sonia Faruqi accidentally became an animal welfare investigator. After losing her job as an investment banker, this Type A, Ivy Leaguer voluntee...

California Farmer Water Cutbacks Blocked By Judge

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that California regulators violated some farmers' rights by telling them to stop diverting from ...

New York City's Investment Critical to Protect Regional Foodshed

Steve Rosenberg | Posted 07.06.2015 | Green
Steve Rosenberg

New York City has invested considerably to protect lands surrounding its upstate reservoirs to secure its drinking water supply--with great results.

Lynne Peeples

Can We Wean Our Future Food Off Antibiotics?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green

Poultry probiotics may help wean chickens off regular doses of antibiotics. (Getty) Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die from drug-resistant in...

Ending Poverty: There's an App for That!

Suzanne Skees | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Building on their legacy of leading-edge ideas, Grameen Foundation has evolved from funding microfinance to designing disruptive solutions to the kind of poverty that's most challenging to reach, in remote rural areas, and to the poorest of the poor.

This Single Community Is Mitigating Hunger

Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact

Less than two years ago, Ellis Johnston lived on the streets, unsure about where he would spend the night or when he would eat his next meal. He l...

'I Never Met a Liberal Before'

Seamus McGraw | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Seamus McGraw

Ethan Cox had started doing what my liberal friends and I mostly only talk about. He had started changing things, even if only on his farm, tinkering with what he planted, and altering how and when he planted it.

After 'Swimming in Pesticides' for 20 Years, One Woman Takes a Stand

Hilal Isler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Hilal Isler

Farm life was nothing like I'd expected. At night, pesticides drifted in our bedroom window while we slept. During the day, the poison coated the sheets and clothes I hung on the line. It was all around us. I was horrified by what I witnessed, but I felt helpless to do anything about it.

Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households

The Monitor | Mathias Wandera | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

June 20th is Impact Journalism Day, a global media campaign to spotlight solutions. The Huffington Post is one of more than 45 news organizations comm...

Pig Farming in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

Theirs is a family farm, which is nothing like the industrial farming that dominates American agriculture. The Janeczeks keep about 90 sows and produce about 1,300 piglets a year that they then fatten up and sell.

'Sirius' About Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Eating

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

But beyond prices paid at the register, when you consider true cost accounting (factoring the value of social, environmental, and health impacts of food production), there is no comparison between healthier and less-healthy food: healthier food invariably wins, hands down.

Rein in California's Farmers to Solve the Drought? Not so Fast.

In the Gold Country | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
In the Gold Country

We've all been through droughts and come out the other side, breathed a sigh of relief, and turned our hoses back on. This one has a new factor, an uncertainty over whether this is a California drought with a limited life, or climate change and a look at the new facts of life in California.

A Path to Dairy Farming, Not College

GenDIY | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
GenDIY

Megan Culhane Galbraith When my teenage sons, Jesse (19) and Sam (17), decided college was not for them, our family had a moment of panic....

Farming for Peace in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Summer is when we get to enjoy fresh and yummy fruits and vegetables. Just by taking a walk down the street you may see a farmer with their food stand all set up and ready for business.

This 14-Year-Old's Homework Assignment Sparked a Mission to Feed America's Hungry

NationSwell | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

When she was in the third grade, Katie Stagliano received a homework assignment that changed her life: to grow a cabbage from a single seedling. Hers grew to about 40 pounds. She took the cabbage to the local soup kitchen, where it was served with ham and rice to around 275 people.

10 Facts of Life Only Farmers Know to Be True

Molly B. Heilman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Molly B. Heilman

Your friends that don't come from a farm sometimes find it strange that all your pictures on your social media are of nothing but animals, barns, tractors, and crops. Or maybe it's simply the fact that you only take selfies with your livestock that puzzles them.

Drought-Hit North Korea Seen As Able To Avoid Food Crisis

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL, May 31 (Reuters) - North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help sof...

Foodie Travel Gems Outside Washington DC

Andrea Poe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Andrea Poe

The Piedmont region of Virginia has earned a reputation as a serene escape, especially for those living in the hectic Washington, D.C. corridor. The area springs alive with an abundance of horse farms and wineries less than an hour outside of the city.

Delaying TPA Threatens Rural Economy

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Today, our farmers, ranchers and rural communities are more prosperous and successful thanks to strong trade agreements.

Cheeseburgers, Climate Change And The California Drought

Nathan Runkle | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Nathan Runkle

When the commercial and residential sectors are responsible for a mere 20 percent of the state's water use, shorter showers will offer barely more than a drop in the near-empty bucket. The real culprit is not the water wastage in our bathtubs and fountains, or even on our golf courses -- it's on our plates.