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The Real Health Care Bill Is Passing in Silence

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Danielle Nierenberg

The Farm Bill influences what we eat, what we eat influences our health, and as a country we are very unhealthy.

Nourishing The Planet, All 7 Billion Of Us

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Growing indigenous crops empowers the people who need it most. The foods that best sustain the planet, with the highest yield and the lowest carbon footprint are the same foods that best sustain us -- vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds -- your plant-based diet greatest hits.

Celebrating 'Eating Planet-Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet'

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. Today, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Worldwatch Institute...

Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Supporting poor rural farmers and including them into business discussions can have big payoffs for all -- especially the environment.

Five School Programs Feeding America's Children

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Danielle Nierenberg

Beyond the traditional lessons on reading, writing, and math, schools across America are now teaching their students about another crucially important subject that will build the foundation for the rest of their lives: nutrition.

Cultivating Knowledge and Crops: Women Are Key to Sustainable Agricultural Development

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Women account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only $1.25 per day, according to researchers from the Worldwatch Institute.

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems and costs, making cities more livable, and creating jobs in a stagnant global economy.

Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.31.2011 | Home
Danielle Nierenberg

New statistics from the UN state that roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons per year.

Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This year Nourishing the Planet highlights agriculture -- often blamed as a driver of environmental problems -- as an emerging solution to the world's challenges.

The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

From 1975 to 1985, maize, wheat and rice production grew twice as fast as the global population. But the green revolution had little impact in sub-Saharan Africa -- the region most crippled by hunger.

Launching State of the World 2011

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Last week the Worldwatch Institute launched its flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet in New York City....

Tapping Into Innovative Practices to Feed the World: An Interview with Mark Muller

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Mark Muller, director of the Food and Society Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), talks with Nourishing the Planet's research intern, Abby Massey, about the global food system and the impact it has on farmers, hunger and the environment.

An Interview With Phil Bereano: The Complex Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Philip Bereano is Professor Emeritus in the field of Technology and Public Policy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been an active and outspoken proponent of democratic social ethics in technology for decades.

Innovations in Access to Land: Land Grab or Agricultural Investment?

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

As foreign governments and private firms invest and acquire large tracts of agricultural real estate in other countries, land and water rights, food sovereignty and food security for those who live there are all at stake.

Fighting for Farmworkers' Rights for More Than 40 Years

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

This is a three part series of an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, President and Founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Hope and Progress in the Developing World, Despite Daunting Challenges

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Who better to consult -- and to equip with the tools to help out -- in the global effort to combat hunger than the youth, women and farmers who will most benefit from it?

Innovative Ways of Hearing Farmers' Voices

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) lives up to its name by linking farmers, businesses, academia, researchers, donors, and national and regional governments.

Giving Farm Workers a Voice in Zimbabwe

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Land reform policies have left many farm workers (about 1.5 million) without a source of income as farms are divided up.

Working With the Root

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The following is an eight-part series about Danielle Nierenberg's visit to the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD) in Ghana.

1,000 Words About Mauritius

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

People in Mauritius seemed shocked to meet two people from the U.S. But that's America's loss because in the middle of the Indian Ocean is one of the most incredible islands we've ever visited.

1,000 Words About Zimbabwe

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Most jobs in Zimbabwe have been informalized resulting in a very large informal sector. These informal sector workers, often the most exploited and the most ignored, decided to form a union.

AGRA Sets the Record Straight

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

While many food advocates are concerned about the encroachment of transnational agribusiness into Africa, AGRA is focusing on breeding hybrid seeds locally, a departure from the first green revolution.

Beyond 'Band-Aids' for Hunger

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Our collective understanding of how to "cure" hunger has matured enough to recognize that solutions lie not only in shipping food aid, but also in a new approach that nourishes people and the planet.

Cultivating a Passion for Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

In Mukono District, about an hour outside of Kampala, Uganda, agriculture used to be considered a "punishment" for young people at school if they didn't behave.