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Farm Beyond Fork Across America: The National Heirloom Expo -- World Fair of Pure Food

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Taste
Julie Ann Fineman

Co-authored with Lee Glenn Just north of Silicon Valley, heartbeat of the technology world, is Santa Rosa, home of the National Heirloom Exposition...

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

Vermont Creamery: Where the Best Goats Make the Best Goat Cheese

Blue Apron | Posted 01.10.2015 | Taste
Blue Apron

We've got the story of how those delectable logs of goat cheese get made.

We Could End Hunger If We Recovered Half Of The 1.3 Billion Tons Of Food Wasted Each Year

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact

Advocates claim a new, innovative website could help salvage some of the alarming amount of global food waste. The Global Community of Practice on ...

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture

Donald Carr | Posted 12.25.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

A huge gulf exists in farmer attitudes toward science. Growers clearly accept the scientific evidence that modified food is safe while rejecting the scientific evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity. And this chasm is driven by simple economics. One finding makes farmers money, but the other doesn't -- yet.

Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

David Bank | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
David Bank

ImpactAlpha -- Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. ...

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

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.

5 Things to Do After Climate Week

Diana Donlon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Diana Donlon

Thanks to the epic success of the People's Climate March, alarm bells demanding climate action have never rung louder. So, now that you've succeeded in elevating the mother of all issues to the top of the global agenda, where should you and your fellow 399,999 marchers direct your tide-turning energies?

A Daughter's Peace Corps Work in West Africa and a Mother's Heart

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Holly Robinson

People who know me call me adventurous. I have climbed the Andes, hitchhiked around Spain and trekked the Himalaya through thigh-deep snow in March.

How the Once-Every-Seven-Years Observance of Shmita is Changing Jewish Lives

Debra Nussbaum Cohen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration.

Fixing the Food System From the Base of the Supply Chain

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social equity in the food supply chain was a strong thread running through the annual Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders forum this June in Denver.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

Raised to Farm

Ken Cook | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Ken Cook

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

Science Academy Falters in Launch of New GE Study

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

As I looked over the bios provided on NRC's webpage, I quickly realized that the Council appears to have a pretty poor idea of how to carry out such a challenging, complex and multifaceted study. In fact, this week 67 scientists and researchers publicly rebuked the NRC for failing, right at the outset, to put together a slate of experts equipped for the task.

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.

The 'Perfect Storm' Behind Toledo's Toxic Tap Water

Terrance Heath | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Toledo's water crisis is over, for now, but the "perfect storm" that created it rages on.

Betting on Resilience: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Alena Hall

This Peace Corps Couple Turned A Volunteer Project In Africa Into Their Life's Mission

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Peace Corps volunteers Cynthia Hellmann and Gregory Flatt didn’t anticipate falling in love in Mali nearly 15 years ago. They also didn't plan on de...

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

What You Never Realized About Rural Poverty And Your Food

Julie Peachey | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Peachey

Of the 7 billion people on earth, 1.3 billion people farm the food and raw materials we consume. Despite being our "most valuable citizens," a disproportionate number of farmers suffer from the consequences of poverty.

"USDA-Approved" Conservation Innovation

David Bank | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
David Bank

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden "plyscrapers." Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents' Department of Agriculture.

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.

How To Feed More People Without Wrecking The Environment

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

By some assessments, the human population will require twice as much food in 2050 as we do now. Some have estimated that an area the size of South Af...

Locally Grown Foods Becoming More Popular, Mainstream

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companie...