In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the amazing Rose Hayden-Smith, the historian, food system advocate and inspiring writer behind UC Food Observer.
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!
It's back to school - is that a collective sigh of relief from parents around the nation we hear? Time to start thinking about school supplies, homework - and what to pack your kids for lunch every day. Here are some quick tips on how to make packing a school lunch a little more sustainable.
There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.
It's that time again. Time for our government to put its money where our kids' mouths are. Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act and the current Act expires in September. Learn more about what's on the plate and what you can do.
Food Day 2013 focuses on food education as a way to improve our diets and address obesity and other health issues, starting with schools and campuses. Share some fun graphics, check out our resources and be a good food advocate!
Cafeteria worker layoffs in Chicago may jeopardize a new fresh food program in public schools. This looming threat echoes the struggles that many districts across the nation face as advocates and legislators work to get healthy food into schools.
We've been following the inspirational project that is FoodCorps since its inception - in fact, its co-founder Deb Eschmeyer was one of our first Heroes. We are excited to hear that the Food Corps is now accepting applications for next year's service members. Below, a recipe for a burger with a lesson behind it, from FoodCorps service member Genna Cherichello.
An Ohio farmgirl at heart, Deb is a tour de force in the good food movement, as the voice of the Farm to School Network and the burgeoning "domestic peace corps" called FoodCorps, which places young people directly in schools districts to provide them a better connection with local farmers.
"All I need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family," sang the second grade class of the Tuckahoe School on Earth Day. The school, in Southampton, New York, recently won a grant to build a community garden on school grounds, one of five across Suffolk County awarded funds through the Heart Links Project of Stony Brook University Medical Center.
A few weeks ago Congress dismissed the USDA's healthy school lunch reform proposals and decided to count pizza sauce as a vegetable. Sound ridiculous? It is.
The upcoming Food Day, October 24th, 2011, is feeling like the first Earth Day in 1970, when people who were frustrated by lack of action finally had a forum to express their concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air in the US. Similarly, Food Day will be an opportunity for food activists and impassioned citizens to voice our concerns about the current industrial food system.
Ellen Gustafson’s TED talk about hunger, obesity and how they're connected, and how the 30 Project will work on both.
In order to effectively address the public health crisis presented by skyrocketing rates of obesity, cheap-calorie US food policy must be overhauled.