food ag policy

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.

Heroic Endeavors: Growing Warriors and the American Hemp Flag

In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to learn more about the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We talked to Kentucky farmer and veteran Mike Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project who helped organize the creation of the flag.

Through Art, The Value of Food Expressed

What does "food" mean to you? A new show about the expansive topic at the Cathedral of St. Join the Divine tackles the diversity of it and delivers it well done. The show, called The Value of Food, runs through April 3, 2016. Read on to learn more about the show.

Climate Change and Vulnerability

Climate change impacts more than just the Earth's temperature. It makes extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms more frequent. Water and land access become more difficult - and as a result, the globe's agriculture systems and food security is threatened as the worldwide population continues to grow.

What Ever Happened to...Cloning

Back in the 90's, two different sets of clones stole our hearts and our headlines: Tia and Tamera Mowry from Sister Sister and Dolly the Sheep and her mothers. In fact, we were so clone-crazy that a few creative New Yorkers turned it into an opportunity to start a themed restaurant. While the Mowry twins have done their best to remain in the limelight, Dolly the Sheep has largely been forgotten. But what ever happened to this barnyard celebrity - and animal cloning in general?

What Ever Happened to... Rainforest Destruction?

In 1997, during a trip to the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, I saw firsthand what rainforest destruction looks like. While flying into the interior of Sarawak, I had a breathtaking view of the damage done by the timber industry - large swaths of deforested land. The question is: are we still destroying the planet's rainforests?

Farm Aid 2015 Slideshow - A Look Back

We're proud to have been part of Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village so that we could share the Eat Well Guide with so many family farm supporters! Click through our photo slideshow to get a feel for the Farm Aid festivities!

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cow's Milk

The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.

Book Review - Cowed

Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.

What Ever Happened to...Mad Cow Disease?

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy - aka "mad cow disease" - created a media frenzy back in the 1990s, when the UK experienced an outbreak of both the bovine and the human form of the disease. So what ever happened to mad cow disease?

The Road to Farm Aid 30: with Willie Nelson

Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago - this weekend! - by profiling the amazing musicians involved. This week we're talking about the Red Headed Stranger - musical legend Willie Nelson, one of the founders of Farm Aid.

The Road to Farm Aid 30: with John Mellencamp

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 John Mellencamp, one of the founding members of Farm Aid, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 13-time Grammy Award nominee.

How We Can All Tackle Food Insecurity in America

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.

What's The Federal Government Doing to Our Food? - Summer 2015 Edition

There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.

This Week in Eco News - July 17, 2015

A big part of sustainability includes protecting the Earth's creatures and habitats. On top of other Eco News, this week we bring you stories from the food, water and energy sectors about protecting the natural world - from bees, to the marshes of Iraq, to a desert island's unique dwellers.

America's Healthy Food Access Problem Is Not Sustainable

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.

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