impacts of agriculture

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health

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!

Food as Medicine: Why Doctors Are Choosing Local, Sustainable Food

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.

North Carolina Puts Pork Before Civil Rights

For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cooking Oils

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.

'What's For Dinner': A Documentary Film Review

Pork production in China is growing fast, shifting to US-style industrial operations, with thousands of pigs raised on a diet of commercial feed and drugs. In recent years, researchers and activists in and out of China have analyzed this on paper, but "What's for Dinner?" shows us the process firsthand.

Less Meat, Less Heat: Addressing Climate Change with Meatless Monday

With the UN Climate Summit upon us, what can the rest of us do to address climate change in our own lives? When it comes to food, reducing the amount of emission-heavy foods we eat can go a long ways. Eating less meat (perhaps going meatless just one day a week) is easy and effective.

Heroic Endeavor: Sanjay Rawal's New Film, Food Chains

Sanjay Rawal's new film, Food Chains, takes an unflinching look at abuses in the fields. It also tells the hopeful story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who've managed to strike agreements with some of the world's largest fast food companies and grocery stores through consumer pressure.

Antibiotics Should Resist A Free-Market Paradigm

How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.

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.

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

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.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 1, Dry Season

Judging from episode one of Showtime's new Years of Living Dangerously documentary series, we're in for a visually stunning, compelling and fascinating ride as climate change is discussed in the most human terms possible. It's riveting, truly must-see viewing. Here are some highlights and fun tidbits from the premiere!

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