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The 2014 Farm Bill: A Reflection After 40 Years of Advocacy

Bill Ayres | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

Having worked to end hunger and poverty for the last 40 years, I know that the passage of a new farm bill is a time of great change -- sometimes for the better; usually, in the recent era, for the worse.

Fixing Food in Four Minutes or Less

Anna Lappé | Posted 02.18.2014 | Food
Anna Lappé

When I launched the first-ever Real Food Media short films contest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I just knew that there were incredible stories of people farming, growing, cooking, sharing food and fighting to fix our broken food system that people weren't hearing.

The Year of Buying Locally

Alison Cayne | Posted 03.24.2014 | Food
Alison Cayne

No matter how you look at it, the food system that is responsible for 98 percent of the food produced in the U.S. needs a good hard tweaking. Where, then, do we begin to fix it? This is where 2014 comes in!

Thank Food Workers This International Food Workers Week

Joann Lo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Joann Lo

It's International Food Workers Week, November 24-30, 2013. This is the second annual week, organized by the Food Chain Workers Alliance every year around Thanksgiving, to lift up the importance of workers in our food system.

Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Eric Holt Gimenez

No one seems to ask why we need cheap food in the first place. The simple answer is that cheap food helps to keep wages down.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

A Flood of Compassion, but Not Much Justice

Brad Lander | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Brad Lander

It must be a priority for elected officials, and the voters to whom they are accountable, to make this a city where everyone can be economically secure -- in times of high water, and after the waters recede.

Blame it on the Onion: Food and Indian Politics

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.03.2013 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

When I was in Bangalore, India, I could not help but be intrigued by recurring news in the newspapers and on TV about the unexpected surge in the price of onions. The widespread coverage and the heated discussions surrounding the issue prove its enormous relevance in Indian politics.

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities ...

Is Food A Race Issue?

commonwealth club | Mehroz Baig | Posted 08.21.2013 | Black Voices

The Commonwealth Club and Huffington Post San Francisco present Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders, an ongoing series of insights from the most interes...

The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

What do all these efforts have in common? They are grounded in sustainable, equitable and dignified livelihoods.

We Don't Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Co-authored by Lauren Elliott Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series For the next three articles, we will pause to ...

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn't, battles over land hav...

LAND TO THE TILLERS: RESPONSES TO LAND GRABS

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Deepa Panchang also co-authored this article. Part 23 of the Harvesting Justice series The outcome of last Sunday's e...

Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People's Grocery in Oakland, California

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 21 of the Harvesting Justice seriesDeepa Panchang co-authored this article. The neighborhood of West Oakland in...

MORE THAN JUST FOOD: CONNECTING FARM TO COMMUNITY

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Co-authored by Tory Field Part 21 of the Harvesting Justice series Just Food in New York City is doing what its name suggests: working to make the f...

Feast or Famine: Food Inequality in America

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.

The Time Is Now for Smart Snacks in Schools

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It takes a community effort to ensure that kids have healthy options throughout the day to make the best choices possible. Moms across the country have told us that this is not always an easy task.

Weighing In: Assessing the Heaviness of Obesity

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

Julie Guthman's position is clear: She does not deny that many American citizens are getting bigger, but wants to tease out the factors behind obesity that for political, economic and cultural reasons are often underestimated or outright ignored.

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 17 of the Harvesting Justice series "At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that cultu...

The Problem With Foodieism

Food Politic | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Foodieism has a misplaced emphasis on value-added quality over community. Foodieism loves to take food out of context. What we need, however, is not another establishment that serves $11 local swiss chard every Wednesday.

This National Waiters and Waitress Day Know Your Rights

Louis Pechman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Louis Pechman

Labor law violations are rampant in the restaurant business and cash is one of the main reasons. Where there is cash, games are played; and small restaurants are still largely cash businesses. Workers across the country, however, are doing something about their rights.

Wendy's, What Are You Waiting For?: Calling on the Fast Food Giant to Stand up For Farmworkers

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

Who has freckles, pigtails, and is still holding out from joining the Fair Food Program? If you guessed the fresh-faced mascot of Wendy's, give yourself a gold star.

A Penny a Pound, Plus Power: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Changes History

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

CIW members hope that soon all tomato pickers throughout the country will have greater rights and wages, and then all agricultural workers, with the establishment of an industry-wide standard.

Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.