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Sam Fromartz, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, tells a story about pesticide use in California that exposed some deep flaws in the food system. This story shows the importance of media and transparency, a focus that FERN, a news organization that produces reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health, will […]
Peggy Neu discusses the influence of Meatless Monday, and how fostering this habit change can spark a much larger movement.
At 85 years old, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy.
For decades, agricultural run-off from farms has been a source of criticism by environmental groups concerned about the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, with the guidance of scientists, environmentalists, and the general public, farmers are beginning to make broad changes
What’s really in that snack food? Too frequently, the answer is palm oil produced with modern day slavery, child labor, and worker and human rights abuses. Sacrificing the lives, health, and safety of the people who work on palm oil plantations is far too high a price to pay for the cheap palm oil used […]
In collaboration with Kiss the Ground, Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt narrates this story of soil and how it could save our planet and reverse climate change. Building healthy soil has the miraculous ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. It’s a story that has to be shared with the world. And it’s not just […]
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could […]
What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look […]
The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for […]
Kendra Kimbirauskas discusses the problems with factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). More than ever, we are experiencing unprecedented growth of factory farms in rural communities, even though consumers are more educated. Despite all of the good work of the Good Food movement, factory farms continue to expand across the United States. Kendra discusses […]
Imagine your favorite baked goods, except made with cricket flour. If the idea of eating insects doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to reconsider – not only are they packed with nutrition, they’re being served at the world’s best restaurants, and perhaps most importantly, taking advantage of this untapped resource could help us avert […]
People search health related topics overwhelmingly at the beginning of the week. Building on the related pattern, Meatless Monday encourages us to go meatless just one day each week in order to help reduce saturated fat in our diets. It turns out there are a bunch of other benefits too! Peggy Neu talks about how […]