food access and food security
You've probably heard the statistic that nearly 15 percent of households experience food insecurity in the US - a percentage that may make you wonder what you can do to help. Read on for our top picks on how you (and our government, too!) can make a difference.
Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.
We've all heard it many times from our mothers, doctors and even Michelle Obama: eat more fruits and vegetables. But for millions of Americans, finding fresh food can be difficult. Local and organic food has become popular in mainstream culture, but a truly sustainable food system is impossible unless everyone can afford, and has access to, fresh, healthful food.
Hip hop and food issues are intertwined. Big food corporations like McDonald's use hip hop to sell burgers and fries, but food justice activist, international recording artist and one of this year's TEDxManhattan speakers DJ Cavem wants to flip the coin. He wants to see hip hop used to promote health and fresh food access.
Vice President Joe Biden (in)famously said that New York's LaGuardia Airport is in shambles. Imagine then the decrepit state of the less seen US infrastructure like the electrical grid, food distribution networks or clean water systems? Is it time for voters to make infrastructure a priority?
While access to fresh, healthy food is important to changing dietary trends, it's only one piece of the puzzle. A new project in South Los Angeles has set out to prove that another piece of the puzzle -- educating people how to cook whole foods -- can work wonders.
In a recent Heroic Endeavors feature, we interviewed Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart of the Wide Net project. The conversation ranged from marketing invasive fish species to nutrition to the current state of our food system. We liked Sharon and Wendy so much that we decided to run the rest of the interview we had with them!
This week, Jessica Alba looks at an Environmental Defense Fund program bringing environmental management to corporate America. Chris Hayes went to New York's Far Rockaways to visit with another community devastated by Hurricane Sandy. And Thomas Friedman found a story about Egypt's Arab Spring taking him in a direction he hadn't anticipated: to Kansas.
The newly released National Climate Assessment says that climate change will hit agriculture particularly hard due to extreme heat, drought, disease and heavy downpours. That leaves food security in doubt.
As the IPCC, Oxfam and the AAAS remind everyone that climate change is already here, the next question is how countries of the world will respond. With so much at stake, it's advisable to try to limit global warming and prepare to adapt to changes in climate - before it's too late.
On Tuesday, the Senate approved the $956 billion Farm Bill, sending it on to President Obama for signature. While the final bill is not as bad as it could have been, the inclusion of long-feared deep cuts to the nutrition title have angered many food and hunger advocates.
Tis the season...for last-minute Farm Bill negotiations. The legislation is stalled in Congress as yet another "dairy cliff" looms, and nothing between but a Congressional battle over SNAP and farm subsidies. Or an(other) extension.
Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?
Last week, the House of Representatives passed their farm bill - minus the nutrition title, so there's no funding for food stamps (or other forms of emergency food assistance) included. Here's a reader's treasury of coverage on the radical move.
How eating bugs could solve a lot of problems, and how we can overcome the disgust factor.
Salt, sugar, fat. In recent years, they've lived at the center of a mighty battle between food industry marketers and "good food" advocates. Enter Michael Moss, whose must-read book does something a little different.