Coffee production worldwide accounts for over 30 million acres of land use -roughly the size of England - giving the coffee industry a lot of space to either harm or benefit the environment. And for too long, coffee producers unknowingly chose the path of harm.
People are starting to realize that if we change the way we eat, we can change the way the food system works. We can grow food that is good for our health, good for our communities, and good for the planet. The winners of the Growing Green Awards are showing us how.
We never thought implementing the Victims' and Land Restitution Law would be easy, but failure to implement it will mean thousands of farmers left vulnerable to attack, with no land to farm or feed the nation.
To understand the new encounters in development cooperation brought by the BRICS and others, we have to get to grips with the details, and the cultural, social and political relations at play, as well as the wider political economy that structures such engagements.
It seems an irresistibly good deal, our 99¢ soda or $1.50 loaf of bread. But these prices represent just a fraction of the true costs of getting that soda and bread into our shopping bags. We pay for the hidden costs of the corporate food supply chain in multiple ways, not all of them financially.
For those of us whose shopping lists vary by the season, our taste buds can grow a bit frustrated around this time of year. But no one is looking forward to spring as much as farmers in the tri-state area.
This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.
A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism -- the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color -- manifests at all points in the food system.
Isn't it enough to demonstrate alternatives to the industrial food system by running organic and sustainable farms? Recent events in Washington have demonstrated that it is in everyone's best interest for us to be advocates too
As our lawmakers in the Senate discuss the fees that companies will pay to help the FDA expedite drug reviews, they should also require those companies to provide information that helps the agency protect people from drug-resistant superbugs.
Maybe this number alone will convince you: 20 million workers toil every day -- often under inhumane conditions -- harvesting fields, packing boxes, driving trucks, cooking meals, ringing up orders, serving tables, and cleaning up your mess.
Few humans on earth fully grasp the scale and scope of America's dystopian industrial food production systems anymore, much less how those mega-systems are bleeding over to the rest of the world and changing not only what and how we eat, but how we think about food.
Food labeling isn't black and white and "organic" and "natural" labels are no guarantee of ideal quality. Thankfully, several experts, writers and small businesses have attempted to provide resources to help consumers make educated choices.
For many Americans, the higher price of chicken wings was bad news. But the good news that could emerge from food-price sticker shock is that more people will ask what we can do in agriculture to help stop climate change while still feeding the world.