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101 Hopeful Food Facts

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. There are 500 million smallholder farms worldwide and more than two billion people in the world depend on them for their livelihoods.

Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

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...

Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Before you pitch those potatoes, stop and consider they'll be joining an estimated 36 billion tons of annual American food waste.

Making Food and Agriculture Attractive to Youth

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.15.2013 | Taste
Danielle Nierenberg

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to an amazing group of 12 to 14 year old adolescents--these kids are Montessori school students who came together to talk about ways to make the food system more just and environmentally sustainable.

New Urban Ag Network Will Transform Vacant Lots Into Farmland

Posted 03.17.2013 | Chicago

Under a recently-announced new agriculture plan, vacant lots on Chicago's South Side could be transformed into thriving — and profitable — urban f...

WATCH: Urban Farming Guru Talks Goats And Kohlrabi On 'Colbert'

Posted 06.13.2012 | Home

Will Allen, a Huffington Post gamechanger, ex-NBA player and the CEO of Growing Power, a group that advocates urban farming, appeared on "The Colbert ...

44 Square Miles of Forgotten Men

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.02.2012 | Chicago
Linda Novick O'Keefe

The word "Food Desert" was coined to describe Chicago. Can the Emanuel administration truly make Chicago the city in a garden? Can they make the city that works, work for everyone?

50 Most Powerful People in Food? Whose Food?

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Jerusha Klemperer

This duality of sustainable food advocates on one end and industrial food giants on the other shows the growing power of each of the poles of our food system.

Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

America may be the land of plenty but we don't have enough to squander. And yet, we're brilliant at it.

Why Can't You Hate Walmart as Much as I Do?: Culture Wars Infiltrate the Food Movement

Christopher Weber | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Christopher Weber

The Walmart-Growing Power alliance is not as unlikely as it might seem. Both groups share one priority: selling affordable food, a desperately needed commodity in inner-city neighborhoods amidst the Great Recession.

Walmart and the Good Food Movement

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

If good jobs and a diversified food system are key to food security, we cannot afford to be fooled into thinking that Walmart is working for the Good Food movement.

Urban Agriculture Challenge: Communities Helping Themselves (With Delicious Results!)

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Rather than relying on fast food chains or large supermarkets, urban residents with access to a local farm should eat fresh fruits and vegetables grown right in their communities.

Greener Pastures: Edible Estates, Part 2

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Gardens are growing like weeds, a fact that has been attributed by some to our flagging economy. But gardening is also one of the most hopeful things a person can do.

Will Allen's Growing Power Brings Urban Farms To Inner Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Through the nonprofit organization he founded, agriculturalist Will Allen has dedicated himself to creating sustainable community farms in urban areas...

Active Citizenship: How to Cultivate Change in Our Communities

Jonathan Tisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Tisch

In the world of advocacy and volunteering, a talented, ambitious person with a big heart and a big idea can build a support network that improves the daily lives of thousands of citizens.

From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Smart

Early pioneers of the sustainable food movement, with dirt on their hands, lessons learned and progress made, have played a critical role in blazing trails for new ventures.

Chicago's Green Food Resolution Advances

Wesley Epplin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Wesley Epplin

Chicago is even closer to beating out the likes of New York and San Francisco in officially resolving to help both the the planet and their citizens by encouraging more sustainable, healthier food options.

The Politician Who's Ready to Reclaim Our Food Chain Now

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

While Obama and Tom Vilsack have given lip service to the merits of Michael Pollan's proposals, our bold Manhattan borough president has been busy actively working to implement them.

Food Fight Documents The Agri-Culture Wars

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

The film Food Fight rounds up all the usual suspects to decry this rotten food system, as well as the true foot soldiers in the battle to make real food available to all of us, regardless of income or region.

Fast, Cheap and Easy: How Fringe Food Hurts Public Health When it's the Only Choice

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

We consider a mainstream grocery store a place where you can support a healthy diet on a regular basis. A fringe food location is the opposite; it is not inherently bad, but when it's the primary food source, local diets and public health suffer.

Farming Chicago

Progress Illinois | Adam Doster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

was just past 9 am and the sun was already beating down on the dozen or so teens assembled in a small corner of Chicago's Grant Park. Wisely, Jessica ...