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Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means For The Food Industry

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Michael Zacka

Given the fact that the local foods movement offers consumers so many benefits, sustainably processed and packaged food has an important role to play in supporting the admirable goals of local food advocates and supplementing their needs.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

A HOME GR/OWN Approach to Central City Redevelopment

Tom Barrett | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tom Barrett

Industrial and former industrial cities, many on or near the Fresh Coast, have been pursuing extremely innovative strategies to deal with the impact of manufacturing job losses.

Using Minecraft for Food System Education

Laurie Freyer | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Laurie Freyer

Minecraft has its own physical laws and rules; it's self-perpetuating and functions through the activity and innovation of interested parties -- it is only natural that this may translate as a tool to learn the basics of the global food system.

Food, The Thinking Person's Game

Ellen Gustafson | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Ellen Gustafson

Groups working on hunger too often focus on agricultural yields at the expense of nutrition and biodiversity and forget that we already grow enough food to feed the world and are wasting 40 percent of it.

Hawaii Food Policy Council Hosts Frankenfood Event

Sarah Leone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Sarah Leone

The Hawai'i Food Policy Council invites you to the first annual Frankenfood Party on October 25th! Sweet Home Waimanalo will be hosting this terri...

Using Food to Teach About the Environment -- and Vice Versa

Kristen Nilsson Farley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kristen Nilsson Farley

How can we engage young adults in a deeper understanding about the food system and their role in it if we never give them the opportunity to think about it?

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.

Ending Malnutrition

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Food security and nutrition are now at the very top of the international sustainable development agenda. We must be bold and take the step of committing to the total eradication of hunger and malnutrition.

MSU, City Join Forces To Make Detroit A World Leader In Urban Agriculture

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.27.2012 | Detroit

Michigan State University will be putting millions of dollars into a partnership with the city of Detroit to make it a world leader in urban agricultu...

The Hunger Games and the Politics of Food

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

In a consumer society where alternative food networks and associations have been built on the premise that we can change the food system one meal at the time and that eating is an agricultural act, Katniss' adventures remind us that, after all, we are poachers in somebody else's territory.

Women Farmers: Nourishing Body and Soil

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Women think on a whole systems level which is why I'm impressed though not surprised to learn that women are running more farms and ranches, operating more land and producing a greater value of agricultural products than they were five years ago.

What's in a Name? The Power to Shift the Food System

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

If a stable food system is one in which farmers produce what consumers want, consumers know what they're getting, and consumers' decisions influence farmers' production plans, then full disclosure seems necessary.

Raj Patel: Food Sovereignty (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2010-02-17-raj.jpg The author of The Value of Nothing explains what food sovereignty means, and why it is as much a fight for social and economic justice as it is a fight to protect the environment.