agriculture

Sustainable Chocolate Company Helps Cocoa Farmers, One Delicious Bar at a Time

Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.

Can Pulses Help Save the World?

The United Nations thinks so! Pulses - aka, dried beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas- are climate change-fighting super crops that provide people with an inexpensive and sustainable source of delicious protein. To help promote these amazing plants and their benefits for our health and environment, the UN declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP).

Congress' Spending Bill Full of Food System Changes

If you're the type of person that wants to know what you're eating and where your food comes from, then you may have some seriously mixed feelings about Congress right now. (But don't worry - there is some good news, too!)

Volunteer for Sustainable Food This MLK Day

MLK Day is a "Day of Service" - a perfect day to get involved in the sustainable food movement because many of the problems we see in the food system today are, in fact, civil rights issues.

Looking Forward: 10 of the Top Issues of 2016

With 2016 here, we've rounded up a bevy of what we think will be some of the top food and agriculture issues of the year. From action on antibiotic overuse, to local aquaculture, to accounting for the true costs of industrial agriculture, 2016 is shaping up to be an important year as we work to create a more sustainable food system.

Looking Back: 6 of the Top Stories of 2015

2015 was a big year in food and agriculture news - from severe drought in our nation's biggest food producing state, to the approval of GM salmon and lots more. Looking back on the year, we've collected six of the top food and agriculture stories of 2015.

Our Hero: Jeneen Wiche of the University of Louisville and Swallow Rail Farm

In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the committed, multi-talented professor and farmer, Jeneen Wiche, and shows how she's helping people understand what the sustainable food system is all about.

Industrial Meat Production and the Rise of Superbugs

Consumer Reports points to industrial meat production as a major culprit of America's antibiotic crisis. Routine use of antibiotics in farm animals creates antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten the foundations of modern medicine.

Genetically Engineered Salmon to Hit the Shelves (Soon-ish)

The FDA has approved the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal - salmon - for sale in the US. The salmon, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, a synthetic biology company, is engineered to put on weight faster than their non-engineered counterparts.

Our Heroes: Sherie McClam of Manhattanville College

Sherie McClam is passionate about social and environmental justice. This passion has led her on an interesting journey to Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she has designed an advanced certificate program in Education for Sustainability. Through this program Sherie inspires and prepares the next generation of sustainability leaders.

From Arms to Farms: Helping Veterans Get Into the Field

Running a farm is one of the toughest and riskiest jobs a person can have. For farmers of color and military veterans in this country, starting and managing a farm can be even harder. In recent years, an increasing number of veterans have shown interest in farming as a profession. In response, Congress has expanded some key USDA programs to help them get into the field.

Cranberries: Bogged Down in Water and Pollution

When you think about Thanksgiving turkey, what else comes to mind? No, not mashed potatoes and gravy: we're talking about cranberries. Most people either love or hate their sweet-tart flavor. We happen to love cranberries, but once we started looking into the impacts that conventional farming methods have on the environment, our relationship turned a little sour.

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