Instead of putting grain on barges and shipping them across the world, what if we could work with local farmers and buy fresh food in local markets and rush it into famine areas? It's about fixing broken policies, and also about things you and I can do.
I came back to work after a two-week vacation last Thursday and couldn't miss the story about the USDA's internal endorsement for Meatless Mondays, then rapid reversal and resultant fallout, most of which read like an Onion article.
The latest report by the Food & Environment Reporting Network takes a look at how the American Farm Bureau Federation leads the charge against efforts to limit industrial-scale food production and has become the single most powerful farm lobby in the nation.
Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?
I find how Yach is looking at health and wellness -- from the ground up -- almost revolutionary amid the status quo, and his working within this snack foods giant to improve quality of life around the world a mighty stand.
For every step forward, the good food movement continues to face unique challenges and unforeseen resistance from the industrial food complex. Here are a few food trends we can expect to see, hear, read or eat more of in 2012.
One year ago, Frito-Lay promised that "approximately 50 percent of its product portfolio will be made with all natural ingredients, including three of its biggest brands," Lays, Tositos, and SunChips. What does that mean?
Federal nutrition programs work, but they must be funded if they are to help reduce the number of Americans facing hunger. If Congress cuts the food-assistance safety-net, the USDA will surely have a gloomy scenario to report next year.
The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is a gem nestled in the heart of the Southeast Section of San Francisco. Now that the lease is about to expire, the City is looking to renew the lease with a larger vision for the future.
The agriculture beat was once an important area of coverage at all major outlets, delivering information about rural areas as well as policy making on food in Washington. But the "agriculture beat" has been dying a slow death for five decades.
Many in the food world are calling the clearer and more concise image of MyPlate progress. In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.