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With Vertical Farms, Food Banks are Growing their Own Produce to Fight Hunger

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:03 +0000

When temperatures dip below zero, it’s too cold for farmers to grow fresh produce in Tulsa. Until spring, almost all of the fresh fruits and vegetables distributed through the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma are imported from warmer climes like Mexico and California. Those donations are few and far between, often leaving the food […]

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A Radical Farm Bill is Born

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:04 +0000

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) stands out in the drab halls of his Capitol Hill office building. When we meet, he’s wearing a neon green bicycle lapel pin, a nod to his longtime enthusiasm for biking and his membership in the Congressional Bike Caucus. His staffer sports a neon orange one. Blumenauer’s omnipresent bow tie and […]

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These Researchers Dug Through People’s Garbage to Find Out Why We Waste Food

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:04 +0000

Food waste is a huge problem in this country. It’s also still largely a mystery to many of us. For this reason the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently sent a team of researchers out to literally dig through people’s trash. The organization conducted 277 “household bin digs” (specific audits that involved separating food into […]

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Easy as Pie? Family Apple Farms Persist Against the Odds

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:10 +0000

A typical fall morning at Clark Brothers Orchard in Ashfield, Massachusetts, looks something like this: A packaging order is missing, a delivery truck is late, the harvest crew is short-handed, there’s hail damage from a summer storm, and a possible outbreak of an invasive insect pest is underway. It’s only 10 a.m. Brothers Dana and […]

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Is Grass-fed Beef Better for the Climate? It’s Complicated.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:23 +0000

For much of the past decade, it’s been widely reported that cattle are among the planet’s biggest climate-changing culprits. A 2010 report from the Environmental Working Group showed that cattle release large amounts of methane into the atmosphere, greatly increasing the impact of meat on greenhouse gas emissions. Some ranchers and other experts, including ecologist […]

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5 Programs Helping Soldiers Become Farmers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:01:29 +0000

Although it has largely faded to the background, the U.S. is currently embroiled in the longest war in its history, the 16-year-and-counting operations in Afghanistan. Despite the declared end of combat operations in 2014, at least 11,000 U.S. troops are still stationed in Afghanistan, and the all-volunteer U.S. armed forces include more than 1.4 million […]

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The Food Industry Can Address Climate Change through Healthy Soil

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:59:13 +0000

As I walked through the verdant fields filled with a dazzling array of sorghum, hairy vetch, daikon radish, collards, cowpeas, clover, millet, kale, and other crops, I was struck by how different this field looked relative to so many other farms I’ve walked over the years. When we conducted a spade test, digging out a […]

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Dolores Huerta is Still Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:00:46 +0000

Dolores Huerta is having a bit of a celebrity moment. It began in 2012, when President Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom award for coining the slogan “Sí, Se Puede,” an early predecessor to his own campaign slogan, “Yes, We Can.” Now, she’s the subject of a documentary, “Dolores,” which was conceived of […]

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‘Migrant Kitchen’ Aims to Show We Cannot Separate Food From Politics

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:27 +0000

For all of its soft focus and harsh critique, most cuisine television is biased toward the diner’s endpoint, when a high-end plate of stunning food reaches the table and judgment begins. But that’s not the case for the second season of the moving documentary series, “The Migrant Kitchen,” which premieres tonight on KCET and LinkTV. As […]

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Kids with School Lunch Debt Still Face Lunch-Shaming, Despite Outrage

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:00:25 +0000

When New Mexico passed the first comprehensive law banning lunch shaming last April, the state made visible what anti-hunger advocates, school food professionals, and lower-income families have known for decades: Children with school-meal debt can be stigmatized in the cafeteria. If social media is any guide, the idea of singling out kids with unpaid balances—by making […]

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