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Sustainable Farming

How Do You Stop A Sand Dune?

Jeff Baron | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Jeff Baron

What may be the best metaphor for what's going on in the Sahel is a very real problem for people in Niger: How do you stop a sand dune?

Growing Green Awards: Winners Produce Food that Nourishes People and the Planet

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today, NRDC announces the winners of the 2012 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system.

Dr. H.Thanisch: Refining Tradition in Mosel Riesling

Brad Haskel | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Brad Haskel

No wine region outside of Burgundy is more defined by their terroir than the Mosel.

Three Ideas for the Food Movement (Small, Medium and Large)

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Around the country, farming states are passing "ag-gag" laws that punish activists who record and share horrific scenes from inside confined feeding operations and slaughterhouses. The reason is clear: when people get a good look at these scenes, they don't like them.

The Conscientious Consumer's Quandary

Andrew Gunther | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

If you aren't able to make regular visits to every farm your food dollar touches, and if you really want to have confidence in the farms you are supporting, you need to look for a credible third-party certification.

A Vision of Utopia At EcoFarm Conference

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Just before I was to leave for the 32nd Ecological Farming Conference in gorgeous Pacific Grove, CA, an unseasonable heatwave hit County Line Harvest Farm in Thermal, CA, where I'm conducting a bio-nutrient field study.

Lynne Peeples

Farm Bill 2012 Eyed For Enhancing Conservation -- Of Soil And Farmers' Livelihood | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

American farmers suffered more crop losses in 2011 than in any other year in recorded history. Total insurance payouts have surpassed $9 billion, and ...

Dow and Monsanto's Plan to Increase the Toxic Pesticides Sprayed in America's Heartland

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America's corn belt during the next decade.

Eating Locally, Slowly But Surely

Susie Middleton | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Susie Middleton

Good things take time, I've finally learned. Looking back now, I realize that the road to eating locally and sustainably is a slow, deliberate one -- something you grow into, rather than rush into.

Can Small Farms Help Native Americans?

Daniel Klein | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Daniel Klein

On our way across North Carolina, we stopped to chat with some Native American Farmers trying to change the food and work situation in their communities.

In Uncertain Job Market, Farming Luring More Young People

AP | By DINESH RAMDE | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

MILWAUKEE -- A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cub...

Celebrating Nutrition on America's "Food Day"

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.20.2011 | Home
Danielle Nierenberg

Promoting safe, healthy and affordable food is only one aim of Food Day. The organizers also want to support sustainable, humane farming, and fair trading conditions.

It's Time to End Factory Farming

Nil Zacharias | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Nil Zacharias

There is common ground to be found by everyone ranging from vegans to die-hard meat eaters. No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system.

Are Edible Bugs the New Sushi? (Video)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home
Kirsten Dirksen


Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2011-09-14-womenfarmers.jpgThe 30 women profiled in this book share a common vision for what constitutes a sustainable food system.

New Agriculture Needs Out from Under the Corporate Thumb

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Growing Power is part of the reason New Agriculture finally feels accessible, but their decision to take support from a corporate giant places them squarely within the corporate framework.

The Burrito That Changed the World (Or at Least American Farming)

Organic | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home

Chipotle, has just announced the creation of a nonprofit foundation targeted at increasing the amount of sustainable farming practiced by American farmers. They're the only U.S. fast food chain committed to organic and local produce.

UN Calls For Greener Food Production

AP | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green

GENEVA -- The United Nations says world food production must increase by up to 100 percent by 2050 and focus on greener methods to sustain an expected...

Sustainability is for People, Too: Why We Need Fair Labor Rights in Organic Farming

Jim Cochran | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Jim Cochran

Our global, industrial food system is causing a slow erosion of the rich complexity that used to exist in farming communities around the world.

A New Generation of Farmers

Leah Mayor | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Leah Mayor

At age 39, Kylie Spooner put her Ivy League education to unexpected use. She moved into the farmhouse where her father, Dean Spooner, was raised.

Eco-Friendly Winemaking Practices

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home

Options abound when it comes to "going green" for Earth Day (April 22nd), or any day, for that matter. On the plate, in the kitchen, and of course, in...

Increasing Age of Farmers Puts Our Food System at Risk

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

Our food system sits on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of farmers in their 60s and 70s who are on the cusp of retirement. When they turn in their tractors, who will replace them?

Where It All Began: The State Of Ethiopian Coffee

David Pohl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Pohl

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and you can still find it growing wild in the forests of Kaffa. Despite all of the stumbling blocks, consumers can expect some great Ethiopian coffees for 2011.

Amid Holiday Glitter, Food Shines As A Genuine Article Of Faith

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pythia Peay

That food can root us in the past while offering hope for the future seems proof of its power to transform. Most of us have experienced the bliss of biting into a dish so divine it thrills alive the soul as well as the body.

Mindful Eating In The 21st Century: Interview With Chef Dan Barber (LIVE VIDEO)

Krista Tippett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Krista Tippett

As part of the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, Krista Tippett interviews chef Dan Barber, a game-changing voice of the farm-to-table movement. Live stream of the interview begins at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.