food nutrition and health
Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post, 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.
The days of notoriously "bleh" hospital food could be at an end. Thanks to these nifty tricks that hospitals are using to go local and sustainable, these centers for healthcare are starting to walk the talk by sourcing - and growing - fresh ingredients for their patients, staff and surrounding communities. It's good for everybody.
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!
While food directly impacts health, the US healthcare system fails to address the importance of food as a preventative tool in personal and public health. Dr. Robert Graham spoke with us about his work to bring a more sustainable approach to medicine, and explained why sustainable food can play a big role in keeping people healthy.
Did you make a resolution to work out more? Here are some easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your new exercise routine!
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
Ever found yourself in a grocery aisle stymied over competing labels and claims, wondering which food is the best buy for you? Good news - help is here! And regardless of how much you know about the healthiness of food, Stefanie Sacks' astoundingly helpful new book has something for you.
Like salt and black pepper, you probably reach for cooking oil for just about every meal you make. But have you ever wondered about the history of your canola oil, or what makes fancy extra virgin olive oil so expensive? Or what the heck margarine really is? Read on for all of this and more.
The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.
Ever read a label on a package of food and realize that you still don't really know what you're buying? To help take the guesswork out of shopping and bring more transparency to your grocery basket, the Environmental Working Group developed a unique online tool called Food Scores - try it today!
For pregnant and nursing mothers, eating more fish is something that the FDA specifically recommends. To lots of people, "fish" equals tuna. It's canned. It's cheap. It's easy. But new analysis from Consumer Reports concludes that tuna's high levels of mercury outweigh its potential benefits for expecting mothers.
Salmon is an ancient creature that has sustained civilizations throughout the ages, but in just the past hundred-plus years, this majestic elder of the sea has been taken for granted, exploited, depleted and endangered. Whatever you know about salmon, there is more to the story.
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!
Papaya is a polarizing fruit. You either love the creamy cross between a mango and a squash or are totally grossed out by the flavor. It may not be the world's most popular tropical fruit, but it's definitely giving mango and pineapple a run for their money.