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.
Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart are the founders of Wide Net, a project that helps control Chesapeake Bay blue catfish (an invasive, non-native species) and provides a low-cost source of protein to hunger relief organizations in the Washington, DC area. Read on to find out about their other heroic endeavors.
Last month, UNITE HERE Local 1 made their voices heard in a new report advocating for local, sustainable food as a part of ongoing efforts to green Chicago's airports.
Spring - it's the eagerly anticipated season of new life and fertility, the transition from a winter slumber to an active, fruitful growing season. The egg symbolizes these notions and is traditionally used across many cultures to celebrate spring.
This winter, Ecocentric is interviewing farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.
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).
I quickly paid for my items and told him I'd see him at market on Sunday. Uttering those few words - See you on Sunday - I know exactly what I can do to help: Keep showing up. (Read for more about the farmers' market relationship, plus a marinara sauce recipe!)
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).
From certified organic beers to biodynamic wines --- the latest we've seen is fair trade quinoa vodka--- it seems like every time we turn around there is new socially conscious product tempting us. I'll be following this post up in a week or two with another one, focused on non-alcoholic drinks, but for now, join us for a cold one.
We've been talking about corporate "greenwashing" for a while, now, but if food activists have been hard at work talking to consumers about food systems, so have food marketers.
There's a new GMO in town: Monsanto's GE sweet corn. If you're unhappy about this, you're not alone. Food and Water Watch has initiated a national campaign to pressure Walmart to refuse to sell products using the GE corn.
As Program Director for Animal Welfare Approved, Andrew Gunther leads a fascinating and vital program that centers around auditing and certifying family farms that raise their animals humanely.
When you think about food trucks, the first words to pop into your head probably don't tend toward "sustainable" or "healthy." But in fact, food trucks are changing the urban food scene in some unexpected ways.
As I wrote in an earlier post, two GRACE coworkers and I are splitting a CSA* share from the 14th Street Y CSA. Interested in seeing what we've been getting? Check out the slideshow for photos of the last six shares.
Each summer, like thousands of other music lovers, a few friends and I travel to see our favorite bands play. In the spirit of peace and love, we gather to celebrate the community music creates, but what many don't realize is the toll such gatherings can can take on the environment.