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.
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.
Right now, the federal government is working on several major pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the food we eat. Want to learn more? We've developed the cheat sheet below with summaries of the bills, reasons why they are important for consumers and ways to get involved.
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!
It's that time again. Time for our government to put its money where our kids' mouths are. Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act and the current Act expires in September. Learn more about what's on the plate and what you can do.
Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of the Slow Money Alliance, whose national gathering of good food system advocates, entrepreneurs and community leaders takes place November 10 - 12 in Louisville, KY. There, 21 food entrepreneurs will also present projects for a chance to win the first "BEETCOIN" funding. Join in the fun online!
On May 15, workers in 150 cities and over 30 countries went on strike demanding living wages from the billion-dollar fast food industry which boasts mega profits and supersized CEO salaries. Some states have already raised their minimum wage. Will others - and the industry - follow suit?
The Meat Racket tells the story of our modern industrial meat system. Tyson Chicken's tale is shocking, engaging and a great read about how your supermarket meat aisle came to look the way it does. And how can your weekly grocery shopping make a difference?
Chip's viral exploding-cow video earns him a seat on The Morning Show, so Buck Marshall sends his daughter Sophia to stand up for Animoil. Chip tries to rally the public to request Senate hearings on PetroPellet safety - will he succeed? Here's our recap of Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2.
If you're interested in a funny, accessible onramp to Big Ag 101, the Farmed and Dangerous web series (sponsored by Chipotle) is worth a watch. Here's our recap, complete with some Fun Tidbits and our favorite Buck Marshall moments from Episode 1. (So what's with the Man in Black?)
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.
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 water problems today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns, but good policy, needs 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.