Rich Sanders is a project director at GRACE's food program. He is involved with developing its external content, creating strategies for its maintenance and providing statistical analysis of its websites in addition to writing for Ecocentric. Throughout his eclectic career path, Rich has worn many hats: radio show host, composer of award-winning music for television and films, computer software developer and COO of a technology company. Rich majored in music at Yale University and minored in engineering and applied science. He is passionate about international cultures - from the cuisines, to world music, to the languages - and is one heck of a good cook.
It's that time again. Time for our government to put its money where our kids' mouths are. Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act and the current Act expires in September. Learn more about what's on the plate and what you can do.
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.
In an exciting repeat performance, Farm Aid 2014 will sing the praises of family farms and farmers across the US. Get yourself on the road again and become an important part of the good food movement!
Throw on your apron and heat up the grill for some juicy tips on how to barbeque with sustainable meats and veggies. Grass-fed meats taste so good, especially when done just right, and seasonal produce brings tons of flavor to the table.
A six-month investigation into Thailand's fishing industry uncovers a vast slave trade that enables shrimp to be sold worldwide at low cost - at the expense of human lives.
What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.
On May 15, workers in 150 cities and over 30 countries went on strike demanding living wages from the billion-dollar fast food industry which boasts mega profits and supersized CEO salaries. Some states have already raised their minimum wage. Will others - and the industry - follow suit?
The weather outside may be topsy turvy or frightful - so add some locally-produced apple cider to your list of must-haves this holiday season, stay toasty with our mulled cider recipe, or stave off boredom by ranking your own regional ciders!
Every year, the holidays present an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are interesting dilemmas and situations many of us face as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. And if nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
How to score a knockout in the fight against food waste and become a champion in your own kitchen.