How could an ad celebrating the American farmer paint such a distorted picture of the people who actually work on farms today? The reality is that farmworkers are systematically underpaid and under-appreciated.
Phil's history of accuracy isn't exactly stellar, but he could be onto something this year. After recording the hottest year on record in the lower 48, the National Weather Service is predicting a warmer-than-usual spring across much of the nation.
Many of us are trying to eat at home these days, but grocery shopping can be overwhelming. The simple chore of buying food involves many variables. Here's how to find the sweet spot to grocery shopping where wellbeing meets frugality.
Raita is an Indian yogurt dish that can be made with many different types of vegetables - cucumber, tomato, potato, spinach, but radish is one I come back to over and over again. I never would have thought to put radish in this dish if not for my mother giving me the idea.
During the winter months, soup-making is second nature for me and a way of using many of the winter vegetables I find at the farmer's market.
Could 2013 be the year that governments take decisive and inclusive action to tackle global hunger?
For a resilient food supply, we need to keep our specialty farmers farming and we need to make it monetarily worth their while not to sell out. We need to replace abandoned acres of asphalt with small allotments and grow crops.
"We love to meet locals when we travel and see how they live their lives; what places they prefer to visit the most. That's where we want to be. We think others will too."
Learning nutrition requirements and the importance of fruits and vegetables is only the first step. Students who know more about food and nutrition may be our best chance for reversing childhood obesity and will serve as role models for parents and communities.
From a small family farm being unable to afford the price tag of organic certification, to farmers lacking access to city markets, there is a long list of reasons why thousands of small-scale farms have difficulty bringing affordable, environmentally responsible goods to market.
Ultimately, high quality markets succeed because people get something from going there beyond a simple bag of produce. "Farmers' markets are the new town squares in America, where people have many conversations and feel and act like citizens, neighbors, and friends."
The text message is one of the oldest technologies in mobile. Yet 20 years after the first SMS was sent, the humble text message still has the capacity to transform the lives of farmers and contribute to rural development in Turkey.
The use of genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.'s, or GE's) is a hot and volatile topic in the world of sustainable farming. Nordic Breads, however, is taking a stand -- and leading the revolt with rye.
The farm bill extension that passed was written behind closed doors and serves a few powerful interests -- not the interests of the average citizen, public health, and the environment. We should be outraged.
Often, when someone brings up the "Go Local" movement, thoughts immediately go to local food, but in fact the movement covers a wide range of products that can be made locally.
'Tis the season to reflect on the year. Before we go making lists of to-dos for the coming one, we might gain some insight from what's been accomplished in the food world so far.