With the election drama dominating the news, it's been easy to miss all the exciting action happening in Congress over the past few months. This cheat sheet summarizes the most significant food- and agriculture-related bills Congress has been working on, why they're important and their current status.
We first met Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project at Farm Aid 2015 where he and his fellow farmers presented the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We're excited to report that the partnership that made the flag was featured in a great new documentary, titled "Harvesting Liberty."
This week's Eco News features stories about agriculture's heavy contribution to air pollution; the ins and outs of food labeling; a feast for 5,000 made entirely of food waste - and much more!
This week, we talked to Gus Schumacher, Founding Board Chair of Wholesome Wave, whose inspiring work in government and non-profits has helped to shape the modern farmers' market system in the United States.
We are so excited to share this excerpt from Sherri Brooks Vinton's new book, "Eat it Up!" Sherri shares her favorite ways to reduce food waste and get more out of the food you buy - so you can enjoy every last bite of it!
When you think about it, a Memorial Day spread is often almost vegetarian. Favorites include many meat-free options - like potato salad, deviled eggs, pasta salad, fruit salad, desserts and more. We know that Homer Simpson said, "You don't win friends with salad," but we are here to boldly disagree with him!
This week's Eco News features stories about expansive poultry recalls; the health benefits of organic versus conventional; the glyphosate debate - and much more!
As support for local food has grown, some crops that were previously discarded as farm by-products - like green garlic and garlic scapes - have been adopted by eaters as newly discovered culinary delights. Read on to learn about how to eat up every last bit of the garlic plant!
Here we chat with Liz Carollo, the Publicity Manager for GrowNYC's Greenmarket, NYC's largest farmer's market organization. Greenmarket turns 40 this year and it's ready to celebrate its incredible growth: from a market with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street to over 230 farmers at 54 markets throughout the five boroughs!
Alyssa Charney of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition offers some insight into the various ways farmers and ranchers are helping to protect and improve water quality and the role that federal agriculture policy plays.
This week's Eco News features stories about why the poultry industry is trying to slow down chicken growth; how Rutgers managed to bring back the vintage and beloved Jersey tomato; the gap between the food we cook and the food we talk about - and much more!
Every movement has its visionaries who push passionately and relentlessly for progress. For the past decade, Tristram Stuart has served this role for the food waste movement. Meet the advocate/activist who created the Feeding the 5000 campaign and thrust food waste into the international spotlight.
Whoever said there's no free lunch? On Tuesday, over 5,000 people gathered in Union Square to get a free bowl of ratatouille and a piece of torte, all made from food that would've otherwise been wasted. Check out our pictures from the event!
We know: Rabbit can be a hard sell - it's an unfamiliar meat to many American palates. But there are a lot of reasons to put rabbit on the menu - it's delicious, and is a sustainable source of protein. Read on for more reasons to love rabbit.
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.
A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.