Kate Johnson is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at GRACE Communications Foundation. Her interest in sustainable food systems emerged while earning a BA in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College, with a concentration in environmental health and food systems policy. While at Skidmore, Kate focused her efforts in forging connections between local farmers and the College dining services in order to incorporate more local and sustainable food into the College's dining hall. Prior to GRACE, Kate worked at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, focusing on the Community Parks Initiative, which aimed to ensure equitable access to open space for all New Yorkers. Outside of work, Kate is inspired by well-constructed breakfast sandwiches, public transportation and the Atlantic Ocean.
We chatted with Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance Jose Oliva about how he became involved in labor issues within the food industry, some of the biggest challenges the Alliance faces and how the Alliance's work inspires a more sustainable food system.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Katie Massy, founder of Women Who Farm, to talk about her sources of inspiration, the challenges facing women in agriculture and the resulting societal benefits of supporting and encouraging female farmers globally.
A farmer turned foodie, Andrea Bemis lives each day farm-to-table. Andrea runs a successful six acre organic farm alongside her husband, Taylor, in Parkdale, Oregon. She's able to share the fruits (or vegetables!) of her labor with people across the country, thanks to the success of her blog and upcoming cookbook, Dishing up the Dirt. Here's her story:
The holiday season is officially upon us, along with the flurry of winter giving. There are plenty of opportunities to give thoughtful, unique gifts that can't necessarily be wrapped up in a package! We've outlined a few options for you to make the giving season a little simpler.
Though you might think Instagram is simply about pretty pictures, the social media platform is very dynamic and is used in a variety of different ways. We took some time to compile a list of 10 food-centric Instagrammers that we think make a positive impact in the food system through their work.
We celebrate Halloween as an opportunity to don a costume and disguise ourselves for one night a year. But did you know that a lot of our favorite foods also hide behind "costumes" of their own, misleading consumers, all year long?
At times, it seems that the political tension surrounding this general election cycle has eclipsed the significance of local government, and how change can often spark from the ground up. Don't let these frustrations persuade you into inaction! Instead, let's recognize the influence of other forms of democratic participation where your voice can be heard!
Robust seed systems are the foundation of sustainable and equitable food systems. A new report by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food seeks to unify the diversity of perspectives on the creation of a healthy seed system, to foster collaboration and share knowledge.
A Growing Culture (AGC) aims to create a global coalition connecting farmers with the resources they need to contribute to an ecologically sound food system and prosperous planet. Here, Founder and Executive Director Loren Cardeli talks about sustainable farming, challenges that farmers face and the importance of coalition building.
In the poultry industry, 96 percent of chickens are raised under production contracts. This means that there are set terms for how the chickens are raised, which inputs the farmer and contractor provide and how the farmer is ultimately paid. Meet Eric Hedrick, a contract poultry farmer from West Virginia whose story gives a face to this injustice.
Forty percent of food is wasted in the US, and wasted food is the largest contributor to US landfills today. Seeking to bring light to this issue, the Ad Council and the NRDC teamed up to create "Save the Food," a new multimedia campaign that highlights the food waste issue.