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A Gift Economy Could Change the Food System

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:47 +0000

“If 100% of the people were farming, it would be ideal.” —Masanobu Fukuoka I grow a half-dozen fruit trees along my 40-foot stretch of sidewalk. The generous fig tree just finished, two young apple trees and a pomegranate are full of bounty, and the kumquat and persimmon are ripening. As much as I love the […]

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Fish Are Getting Their Animal Rights Moment

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:43 +0000

Life is improving for billions of farm animals. Pregnant pigs are being liberated from gestation crates. Laying hens have more room to roam. Cows are humanely slaughtered. But fish? They’re the “forgotten victims on our plate,” says the philosopher and animal-rights activist Peter Singer, even though more of them are killed each year for food […]

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Can Legal Marijuana Benefit Entrepreneurs of Color?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:29 +0000

The Green Rush is on in the Golden State. On January 1st, thousands of people waited in long lines outside the doors of many marijuana dispensaries around California. With the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, the state became the sixth in the nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. While the change in the […]

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As Nutrition Education Faces Deep Federal Cuts, a New Report Maps Funding

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:51:54 +0000

The Trump administration’s plans to cut the federal budget, coupled with the tax law that Republicans passed at the end of 2017, will create dramatic changes in the daily lives of many Americans. In public health alone, the tax law is likely to trigger massive spending cuts, including $61 million from the Centers for Disease […]

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Food Justice Requires Land Justice

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:00:17 +0000

The food justice movement is one of the most promising political developments of the last generation. It has broadened and deepened environmentalism by knitting together concerns about economic inequality, labor rights, environmental health, and sustainable agriculture. But what often goes unmentioned in discussions of food justice is that it all begins with the land—who owns […]

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Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:49 +0000

On a surface-mine-turned-farm in Mingo County, West Virginia, former coal miner Wilburn Jude plunks down three objects on the bed of his work truck: a piece of coal, a sponge, and a peach. He’s been tasked with bringing in items that represent his life’s past, present, and future. “This is my heritage right here,” he […]

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Is a Federal Junk Food Tax In Our Future?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000

If you’ve been following the news about the epidemic of diabetes and obesity in recent years, you know there have been a number of responses from public health advocates and policymakers—including education programs, encouraging more physical activity, and developing holistic hospital and community interventions. None of these interventions has generated the same level of response—or opposition—as […]

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Why You Should Listen to Racist Sandwich

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:00:27 +0000

Over the course of a 40-episode first season, Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed broke new ground in the country’s conversations around food with their podcast, Racist Sandwich. Their show is dedicated to conversations about race, class, and gender in the food system. Ho and Janmohamed co-host the Portland, Oregon-based podcast they founded together, and with […]

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Larry Kandarian’s Longevity Stew Recipe

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:01:17 +0000

Editor’s note: As part of our profile of California organic farmer Larry Kandarian, we asked him to share the recipe of his Longevity Stew, which reporter Clarissa Wei described as “a balanced array of grains, plants, legumes, and spices incorporated into bone broth.” Kandarian lets his broth sit for months on end, but you can […]

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How a Grain and Legume Farmer Harvests Nutrition from the Soil

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:00:42 +0000

Editor’s note: This month, we begin profiling farmers from across the country we think deserve attention. If you know of a farmer who should be part of our monthly series, please let us know. “I’m 72, but I consider myself middle-aged,” said Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms as he smiled and took a sip […]

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