heroes

Our Heroes is a regular series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food and agriculture!

Talking Animal Agriculture and Pasture-Based Farming with Andrew Gunther

Learn why Andrew Gunther, executive director of A Greener World, feels that not all beef is the same when it comes to the water footprint of beef, why it's important that all meat producers don't get lumped together and why he is committed to helping people understand the differences between conventional and pasture-based meat.

Talking Clean Water and Industrial Agriculture with Kelly Hunter Foster

Meet Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance. Kelly manages several campaigns, including Clean Water Act-related legal actions against the government and polluters. Read on to learn what Kelly thinks can be done to hold agribusiness more accountable - and what inspires her.

Talking Climate Change and Food with Former EPA Administrator Judith Enck

After serving seven years as Regional Administrator for Region 2 of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Judith Enck has begun the next chapter in her career. Ms. Enck recently became the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Read on to hear more about her thoughts on climate change and the food system - and her advice for students.

How Prescribing Local, Sustainable Produce Can Tackle Food Insecurity

Dr. Brian Frank practices family medicine Portland, Oregon and is part of a growing movement in health care that helps food insecure patients access healthy, locally-grown produce through community supported agriculture, vouchers for farmers' markets and "food pharmacies" at hospitals. Such forward-thinking strategies are a win-win for both patients and local economies.

Sustainable Chocolate Company Helps Cocoa Farmers, One Delicious Bar at a Time

Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.

AmpleHarvest.org Founder Gary Oppenheimer Aims to Reduce Food Waste and Hunger

Meet Gary Oppenheimer, the force behind AmpleHarvest.org, a nationwide nonprofit aimed at diminishing home and community garden food waste which results in significantly reduced hunger and malnutrition while improving the environment. Read on to find out what inspires Gary and what led him to create AmpleHarvest.org.

Talking Rural Farms and Art with Iowa's Poet Laureate, Mary Swander

Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, is the author of numerous books, poetry and plays. The plays, based on hours of conversations with Iowans, draw on an oral history tradition, presenting rural stories in people's own words. With rural issues in the spotlight following the election, we spoke with Mary about her work, the rural-urban divide and the role art plays in challenging times.

EPA Initiatives Help the US Take a Bite Out of Food Waste

No organization knows the downsides of food waste better than the EPA, the agency that helps monitor food waste and regulate its management. Find out all the interesting tools, competitions and initiatives the EPA has created to help take a big bite out of food waste in the United States.

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