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Slow Food, Slow Growth: Emotional Capital and the Challenges of Large-Scale Solutions for Small-Farm Food

Cathy Erway | Posted 08.03.2016 | Taste
Cathy Erway

A year ago, Wen-Jay Ying was feeling depressed. Her for-profit CSA business, Local Roots NYC, was four years old and looking around the industry, it seemed like there were suddenly many similar businesses who were in talks with investors, getting huge boosts of capital or moving into big warehouses and new markets, creating massive scale. The kind of scale that could have the potential to change, or "disrupt," our entire food system. Ying had never started her business with that kind of scale in mind.

Corn Producing 50 Percent More Kernels Could Be Key To Ending Hunger

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact

Science just came through in a big way for small farmers in developing countries. Researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have found a way to b...

Small Farmers Can Help Meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals--But They Need Our Support

Shenggen Fan | Posted 04.08.2017 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

There is a lot of buzz in the global development community about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)--the pledges to cut poverty, hunger, and mal...

How WeFarm Connects Small Farmers Without the Internet

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 02.22.2017 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

There are about 500 million small-scale farmers on Earth, and most of them live on less than $1 a day. That's half a billion people laboring below th...

In Climate Talks, Learn From the Real Climate Change Heroes

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.02.2016 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

Drawn from World Hunger: 10 Myths, by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. World leaders in Paris are in the midst of critical climate negotiati...

Direct Trade Is Fair Trade (Without the Other Eight Principles)

Dana Geffner | Posted 11.06.2016 | Business
Dana Geffner

Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.

The Forgotten Farmers

Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN | Posted 05.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN

While I advocate for organic food, I see a rising obsession for certified USDA Organic that is alarming. In other words, anything that doesn't have the organic seal is rejected as "poisonous garbage," and the farmers who produced it labeled as "evil."

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

A $10 Million Blow to Fair Trade: How a Grant to Fair Trade USA May Take Down a Movement

Dana Geffner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

In theory, news of Bob Stiller's challenge grant should have the fair trade movement jumping up and down. Instead, many of us are wondering if this may be the final blow to the meaningful fair trade that we have advocated for so long.

Climate Change Hits Close to Home for Small Family Farmers

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

For many years on my Virginia farm I had my corn crop in the ground by the end of March. But that has not been the case for the last 10 years. Spring planting season has become more and more delayed because of changes in our weather patterns. Nowadays, I find myself planting corn in May.

What Small Farms Actually Need Will Surprise Even Locavores

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

Everybody loves small family farms, from Republicans to Democrats and hipsters to ultra-religious folks. As a nation, we romanticize them -- the last link to our pioneer past, perhaps.

Calling on Half a Billion Farmers to Join the "Climate-Smart" Revolution

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Scientists are concerned that climate stresses are likely to cause massive losses in tropical fisheries and threaten livestock that sustain the world's poorest people.

What Are Pesticides, and Why Do We Use Them on the Farm?

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 10.11.2014 | Home
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

When people talk about using chemicals on the farm, oftentimes they use the word "pesticides." To people outside agriculture, pesticides tends to be the catch-all category for any and all chemical compound we spray on our crops. And honestly, that is far from the truth.

To Find Your Mission, Disrupt Your Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

Curiosity, joy, integrity, clarity of commitment -- all of these are essential to social entrepreneurship in its deepest sense. But I had to disrupt my life and take a risk in order to rediscover them.

Choosing the Mission-Driven Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

To take the world's future into our hands, we must take our own future into our hands. We must change ourselves by living meaningful, mission-driven lives. Deciding to do so is where social entrepreneurship begins.

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving A Face to Big-Ag

Food Politic | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Food Politic

If farmers want the public to understand and respect their work, that needs to change.

Do Farmers Have Choices?

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

I was interested in what the farmers themselves have to say about their seed choices, how they choose the seed they do, and why do they CHOOSE to plant GMOs or maybe they don't? So I asked several farmers some questions... and here's what I found.

Eight Mini-Stories Of Family Farmers Nourishing The World -- And More

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Farmers aren't just farmers. They're business women and men, innovators and teachers, entrepreneurs and stewards of natural resources. With the support of research institutions, donor communities and eaters, family farmers have the power to nourish both people and the planet.

Is Microfinance Losing Its Appeal?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

When it succeeds, microfinance lifts people from extreme poverty and leaves them into poverty. Other interventions are still needed, especially a focus on small and medium enterprises - the backbone for creating a middle class.

Four Ways to Help Myanmar's Rural Poor

Roy L. Prosterman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roy L. Prosterman

How to confront the needs of the vast number of families who are trapped in land-related, generational poverty in Myanmar and throughout the region will have profound consequences for future development, investment and stability.

Putting Farmers First at the World Economic Forum

Tony Kalm | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Tony Kalm

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. In a discussion I attended of young global leaders, the question was asked: Can Africa feed the world?

Lessons From the Field: The Future of the Local Food Movement

Rafi Bildner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Our nation was built upon a network of small, diversified farms. While it's clear that the local food movement is thriving in many regions, as a producer, it became apparent to me that there are serious policy issues that must be addressed before this movement can fully thrive.

How The Banana Became A Tool For Human Rights

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.01.2013 | Taste
Heritage Radio Network

Did you know the banana is also a tool for human rights victories and community sustainability?

God Made Farmers, Man Made Ways to Exploit Them

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Kelsey Timmerman

We revere the image of farmers on TV commercials and in campaign speeches. The truth is there are one billion farmers on earth and 60 percent of them live in poverty. God may have made farmers, but man continues to make new ways to exploit them.

Mompreneurs: New Baby? New Business!

Women & Co | Posted 03.10.2013 | Small Business
Women & Co

The following three women not only started businesses that benefit the masses, they also used their pregnancy and maternity leave to hone their big ideas and transform them into reality.