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Farm-to-School: Why We Need It and How to Get It

Nine out of ten Americans support farm-to-school programs, but these important opportunities for our children are far from commonplace. If we want to reap the rewards of farm-to-school, we need to step up and help local schools bring freshly farmed food to kids. Here are some ways to make that happen!

Skip Showers for Beef? Try Less and Better Meat

Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.

Eat Well Heroes: Will Witherspoon of Shire Gate Farm

For NFL player Will Witherspoon, football and farming are labors of love. The founder of Shire Gate Farm in Owensville, MO, Will has a passion for raising beef responsibly and advocating for better food in the sports world and beyond. Read on to find out how Will became interested in farming and where he plans to go next.

Food as Medicine: Hospitals Changing the Food System

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.

BEETCOIN and Slow Money Redefine What it Means to Invest: Interview with Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of the Slow Money Alliance, whose national gathering of good food system advocates, entrepreneurs and community leaders takes place November 10 - 12 in Louisville, KY. There, 21 food entrepreneurs will also present projects for a chance to win the first "BEETCOIN" funding. Join in the fun online!

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

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.

The Danger of Monocrops: Lessons from the Irish Potato Famine

While each immigrant story carries its own unique lessons for modern life, in the case of the Irish Diaspora, one of the most useful takeaways lies in the tragic role that unsustainable agricultural practices played in leading to the mass starvation and exodus of the Irish people.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Michael Rozyne

TEDxManhattan 2014 speaker Michael Rozyne is the Executive Director of Red Tomato, which connects farmers and consumers through marketing, trade and education, and through a passionate belief that a family-farm, locally-based, ecological, fair trade food system is the way to a better tomato.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Amaranth

Although its nutty, delicious seeds can be found year-round in health food and some larger grocery stores, amaranth is only in season in the summer through mid-fall. The Today Show has called amaranth greens the next kale, and there are numerous recipes pairing the striking plant's seeds with more common ingredients.

Announcing the TEDxManhattan Challenge

Are you changing the way people eat in your community? Enter the TEDxManhattan Challenge! The winner will speak onstage at TEDxManhattan 2014. Apply to speak today!

Our Heroes: The Buchanan Family of Flying B Bar Ranch

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.

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