agriculture

The Road to Farm Aid 30: with Dave Matthews

Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago by profiling the amazing musicians involved! This week we learn more about singer-songwriter Dave Matthews, a Farm Aid board member and Virginia-based sustainable farmer.

Skip Showers for Beef? Try Less and Better Meat

Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.

Our Heroes: Stacey Murphy at BK Farmyards

Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.

North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Will Help Keep Consumers in the Dark

Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.

The Buzz on Bees: How We're Saving Our Pollinators

We're facing a major decline of hard-working pollinators, but it's not a losing battle. Efforts to save our bees and other pollinators are on the rise. With bee highways under construction, pesticide-free zones under consideration and everyone joining in to garden for bees, we're almost on track to healing our bees, our environment and our food system. Here's where we're at today.

Heroic Endeavors: James Whitlow Delano and @EveryDayClimateChange

Photojournalist James Whitlow Delano created @EveryDayClimateChange on Instagram, a photographic endeavor by a diverse group of photographers from five continents, to document visual evidence of climate change on people and the environment, all around the planet. We talk about his efforts in this week's Heroic Endeavor.

Our Hero: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint

Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.

Your Summertime Fish Cheat Sheet

Imported or domestic? Wild or farmed? When did choosing fish become so difficult? We've pulled together advice on navigating some common fish options you'll likely come across at the market or fish shack. Summer goes by fast, so cut back on the pondering and get back into the sunshine with our fish cheat sheet!

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health

American agricultural products are used in food, fuel and other goods marketed to consumers around the world. Too often, however, policy makers and businesses overlook the implications of this interconnectivity when making decisions about food consumption here in the US. That's why a systemic approach to policymaking matters!

Food as Medicine: Why Doctors Are Choosing Local, Sustainable Food

While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.

The Meatrix: Relaunched

Since 2003, The Meatrix has educated over 30 million consumers about the problems caused by factory farms. Although many have since opted out of the industrial meat system, factory farming has only expanded. Watch the new chapter of The Meatrix and find out what you can do.

Real Food and How to Cook It Now: Maple Syrup

We may know that "pancake syrup" is the margarine of maple syrup: the cheap imitator, the industrial substitute. "Pure" syrup is as unadulterated a product as it gets, and is all-American, to boot. Its production is natural, but it requires many steps and much patience to produce, and it only happens once a year. Because maple syrup, you see, is not simply tree sap.

North Carolina Puts Pork Before Civil Rights

For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.

Have a Super Green Big Game Party!

It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.

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