food production

Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

Our Heroes: Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative

Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative, a producer group of 35 family farms and ranches in the Mora, NM area, has voted to require all livestock producer-members to become Animal Welfare Approved, which ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest welfare standards in the US.

The Complex (and Currently High) Cost of Iced Coffee

Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.

In World Cup of Environmental Footprints, Tops Not Boss

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.

Heroic Endeavor: Growing Cities Doc - Coming Soon to PBS?

Growing Cities is documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power urban farms have to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmaker Dan Susman believes in a food system that incorporates urban agriculture across the country.

Heroic Endeavors: Casting a Wide Net to Control an Invasive Species, Part 2

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!

USDA Fails to Verify 80 Percent of ''Humane'' and Other Meat Labels

What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.

Bad News for Food: Climate Change is Here

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.

Heroic Endeavors: Moms Taking Action on Food, Water and Energy

Mother's Day is a fitting occasion for us to give props to some of our favorite environmental advocates: moms. They're shaping conversations about energy, Big Food, clean air and water and a host of other issues. Here are a few groups you can join no matter where you live.

WHO Sounds Alarm Over Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The WHO has released a landmark, 256-page report warning that the world may be headed for a post-antibiotic era. According to the CDC, two-thirds of patients afflicted by a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms tested resistant to one or more antibiotics.

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