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Food Justice for Babies

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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.

You Need to Know: What Colony Collapse Means for Our Food Supply

Eve Turow | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Eve Turow

The ultimate who-done-it of our time is not a scandalous political act or John Grisham plot line, but the story of honey bees.

These 10 Young People Are Changing The Food System In Huge Ways

EcoWatch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

Innovations in agriculture don’t just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects...

Why Chef Dan Barber Thinks 'Farm-to-Table' Isn't Good Enough

CP | Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press | Posted 08.25.2014 | Taste

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At Blue Hill, his intimate, understated restaurant in Greenwich Village famous for its locally sourced ingredients — not to mention...

You Need to Know: How Climate Change Affects The Food System

Eve Turow | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Eve Turow

Some smallholder farms are already practicing innovative farming techniques like growing indigenous plants that protect natural resources like water, and improve the density of nutrients in crops.

You Need to Know: All About Fish Fraud

Eve Turow | Posted 08.11.2014 | Home
Eve Turow

From 2010 to 2012, Oceana tested more than 1,200 seafood samples to examine fraudulent labeling. After completing DNA analyses, they found that one-third of fish samples were mislabeled.

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Demand for Food Never Higher in West Michigan

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

This is the classic dilemma of American poverty: Without a job, a client has to turn to food pantries and public assistance; when she finds a job, she loses her public assistance and sometimes winds up with less than she had before.

Genetically Misunderstood Organisms: The Debate Rages On... (Part 1)

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science
Jennifer Schwab

Human intervention in growing food crops is really part of our history. For hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years, we have modified and improved crop varieties to meet our ever-evolving tastes and needs.

Fast Food, Reimagined

Will Allen | Posted 12.21.2013 | Taste
Will Allen

Nothing about our current food system is inevitable. Fast-food companies have the opportunity to shake their bad reputation if they think anew. Our young black men and women are suffering from a health crisis, and fast-food chains have a responsibility not to profit off of their misfortune.

'Generally' Recognized as Safe Food Additives May Not Be So Safe

Alison Brown, M.S. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Alison Brown, M.S.

Drawing parallels to the U.S. judicial system, the FDA operates on the premise that the chemicals in our food are "innocent until proven guilty," but in fact don't even carry out an objective and unbiased trial.

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.

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

From Growing Profit to Growing Food: Challenging Corporate Rule

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.

Windows 8 'Social Good' Contest Helps Startup Change Local Food Systems

Startup Weekend | Posted 06.02.2013 | Small Business
Startup Weekend

NetSquared, an initiative which aids individuals and communities in using web-based tools, recently hosted their first ever "Social Good Contest" for apps developed for Windows 8. Sponsored by Microsoft, the contest "encourages developers to make a difference in the world through the power of technology."

Sharing the Global Table: Food and Immigrant Life

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Fabio Parasecoli

A multicultural and socially diverse workforce provides crucial and plentiful services while remaining largely invisible to the public.

For Better Food, We Need Better Business

Sea to Table | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Sea to Table

Business has to change if we want the food system to change, and it's time that all food businesses were held accountable.

Behind the Brands

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The system is poised for change. Now is the time for all of us to show companies that it is in their interests to lead. No brand is too big not to listen to its customers, and if enough of us urge the "Big 10" to do what is right, they will have no choice but to listen.

Why Cooking Can Save Your Life

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The cure for what ails us -- both in our bodies and in our nation -- can be found in the kitchen. It is a place to rebuild community and connection, strengthen bonds with family and friends, teach life-giving skills to our children, and enrich and nourish our bodies and our souls.

New Book Reveals How Processed Food Took Over The American Meal

The Huffington Post | Carey Polis | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living

There's been a lot of information coming out recently about both how we are eating and what we should be eating. Michael Moss, in a great New York Tim...

Digesting the TEDx Food Conference

Liz Neumark | Posted 04.27.2013 | Taste
Liz Neumark

Perhaps the conference had not intended to give us hope -- but rather to disrupt any complacency around the pace of change and the evolution of a national agenda around food policy.

Not Your Usual Restaurant Reviews: 2013 ROC National Diner's Guide to Ethical Eating

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 01.15.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

While the Restaurant Opportunity Centers' initiatives target business, consumers have a big role to play. By choosing to dine in a place that works to improve labors relationships, we can indirectly "vote with our dollars."

13 Resolutions To Change The Food System In 2013

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Danielle Nierenberg

As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health. We think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system -- real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms, and on plates all over the world.

High-End, Hormone-Free Drive-Thru Food: Is America Ready?

Stephanie Keller | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
Stephanie Keller

Fresa's is part of an important discussion and helps plant the seed for a huge shift in the culture of fast food, despite those who don't find the concept appealing.

Obesity vs. Superbugs: Who Wins When the Food System Fails?

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

Between public health epidemics costing the taxpayers tens of billions per year, there really is no winner. Who among us would wish a future for our children where they're crippled by fat or risk death from an ear infection?