These markets are definitely worth the trip.
While the thought of losing your local market may seem extreme, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are faced with the daily challenge of finding the food to fuel their day.
If we really want to have enough water to support a future global population of 9 billion people we should protect the world's farmers, because they play such a crucial role in managing 92 percent of the water we use, by producing the world's food.
Right after I graduated from Cornell University, I took off for the North Cascades wilderness. First as a student and later an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, I spent summers in Glacier Peak Wilderness Area.
To have only two restaurants in our town who proudly tell guests where they get their ingredients from is frankly discouraging.
Creating more sustained awareness is one of the keys to better public health. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children aged under five years and much of this is preventable. This is one reason why World Health Day this year is focused on food safety.
I emigrated from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side about 40 years ago. I love the West Side, but the tranquility and gentility of the UES is irresistible.
In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
"We need to find ways to convince people that cooking is not a chore, it is not drudgery. It is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom, and it is the most tangible way we have of demonstrating our love to our family and friends. What could be a higher priority than that?"
Every stance that men take in the fight for gender equality is critical. But there is one particular group of women who remain the most marginalised: rural women, especially women farmers. We need to take "HeforShe" to the farm.
The local food movement sure is cooking in Chicagoland. While we live in one of the most plentiful food generating regions, it's estimated a paltry 6% of our produce is grown in Illinois.
It is time for an excursion to the country. On the main street of a tea village called Meijiawu, there are no English words on the signs. I am beginning to breathe. The air smells cleaner. Maybe it is all the Longjing tea leaves.
How can we move food more directly from local farms to the end consumer, ensuring that a greater number of people are able to afford these fresh, healthy products?
Wind is important to Iowa. The wind industry employs up to 4,000 Iowans, it powers over one million Iowa homes, and it benefits Iowa's economy. We can expect wind energy will be a central topic of Iowa's Ag Summit this weekend.
Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we began, 50 more individuals and families have joined in.
I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.