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Our Everyday Food Worker Heroes

Joann Lo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Joann Lo

These days, super heroes are all the rage, it seems. Most have supernatural powers to do good in the world. But we have people in our food system who don't need super powers to do good in the world -- they're our everyday food worker heroes.

If You Want to Support Farmworkers - Buy a Florida Fair Food Tomato

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Rawal

Animal welfare, organic growing, integrated pest management - these are all great things. But none is closer to the heart of our nation's agrarian ideal than a system where people are treated justly and with respect.

Urging Food Education and Cooking Classes in Nation's Schools

Lilia Smelkova | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilia Smelkova

Hundreds of school districts will celebrate Food Day by serving special healthy meals in cafeterias as well as organizing cooking classes and harvest celebrations in school gardens. This Food Day, let's commit to getting food education in every school.

5 Documentaries to Sink Your Teeth Into for Food Day

Susan Liang | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Liang

What many of us may lack in political pull, we can make up for in taking the time to become more educated and present in our food choices.

Food Justice for Babies

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Where babies live largely influences what babies eat. Barriers to fresh food means barriers to first food. This matters because what we eat as infants and toddlers sets the stage for later health outcomes, including heart disease, obesity and cancer.

Food Day Highlights Injustices Connected to the Food Supply

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Each of us could participate in efforts to right wrongs by protecting our children from the selfish ploys of food manufacturers and restaurants, shifting our food purchases in the direction of organic and Fair Trade foods, and patronizing restaurants that pay decent wages.

Food Day 2014: Food Justice = Worker Justice!

Joann Lo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Joann Lo

Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit organizations to work ...

Vermont's Invisible Farmworkers

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The transformation of our food system is hard and often depressing work. The rules and the institutions are stacked in favor of the status quo.

What Has Orange is the New Black' Got Against Foodies?

India Mandelkern | Posted 08.02.2014 | Taste
India Mandelkern

The stark contrast between Litchfield Prison's walls and the abundance of the farmers' market gives us a perceptive glimpse into the origins of modern foodie mania, the foodie's core values, and why foodies are so insufferable to be around.

Setting the Table for a Hungry City

Tom Wingert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Tom Wingert

The commute from my home in suburban Philadelphia to my office at the Impact Hub in Olde Kensington presents a kaleidoscope of the human experience in...

LIveBlogging the 2014 Edible Institute @ The New School, NYC

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 07.10.2014 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Organic is great but it's flawed, and industry is creating many problems with it. He says, "Eating a conventional apple is better than eating an organic cheeseburger."

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

Bill Ayres | Posted 05.05.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 12.18.2014 | Taste
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...