As the Sustainable Food Trust hosts "The True-Cost Accounting in Farming and Food" conference in London Thursday and Friday, here is a Q&A with Patrick Holden, the Founding Director of the Trust, about the true cost of the food we eat - and how we can make those costs more visible.
It turns out the monumental merger between two giant pork producers, Smithfield and Shaunghui, was a foregone conclusion. One big question lingers: Was the deal a trade of water for waste? The first of three posts about the possible limits to global meat production.
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists tallies up the considerable cost of heart disease, then explains how eating our vegetables could save the US trillions, and how public policy could help make it happen.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face either drought or flooding today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns over water crises, but in order to create good policy, we need strong data.
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.
It's been a busy few weeks of developments in genetic engineering (GE) news, each deserving of further attention - so without further ado, here's a roundup-ready (sorry, we couldn't resist) collection of the most important stories about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as efforts to require their labeling.
Last week, drafts of the nearly $955 billion 2013 Farm Bill legislation were passed through both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The wild, wacky odyssey towards a new five-year farm bill continues - to what end is still unclear. Ahead: floor debates in the Senate and the House.
This is a big week for the 2013 Farm Bill. Ultimately, we're forecasting quite the floor fight as cuts to SNAP will again be the most contested part of this legislation which could rightly be referred to quite simply as the "Food Bill."
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.
Connecting our global food with global markets, journalist Fred Kaufman forges a new way of thinking about food prices and food systems in his engaging, informative new book Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food. Spoiler alert: we liked it. Read on!
Meet FoodStar and its courageous partner Andronico's Community Market. Together, they are taking a chance on the idea that maybe we consumers aren't as picky as most supermarkets seem to think we are. Maybe we'd be willing to buy a slightly smaller apple that only has 37 percent red coverage instead of the requisite 40 percent needed to qualify as the "fancy" grade that stores usually buy (yes, it's actually measured).
The San Francisco Gate called the book "politically brave" and it truly is. Foodopoly is a compelling read and a rock-solid resource for anyone trying to figure out how we went from a nation of healthy farmers to the fast food nation we currently live in, and how we might be able - with hard work - to get home again.
Here, three food resolutions for 2013, inspired by NRDC's Growing Green Award alums. We hope one or more resonates with you and helps make your New Year a little bit tastier -- and greener.
Helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina is an important national goal, but it should be achieved through new ways of thinking that will make the city healthier and more resilient. Two organizations-the Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network-are going to do that with plans to build the new Urban Farming and Food Center in the center of New Orleans.
Ten ways to bring your values to the table at family mash-ups (without starting a food fight).
Proponents of industrial agriculture constantly claim that sustainable food is too expensive. Learn these basic economic principles so you can tell them exactly why they're wrong.