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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.

Two New Efforts to Expose Fish Fraud and Illegal Fishing

The US has the strongest fishery regulations in the world, but it also imports 90 percent of its seafood. Two new federal rules aim to make sure that our fish imports meet US standards, like protecting marine mammals and eliminating illegal fishing and fraud. Both rules face big questions about how effective they will be and whether the new administration will even enforce them.

Is Food Grown Hydroponically Organic? Should it Be?

It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.

Growing Food and Climate Resilience on Our Farms

Climate change is here, and with more erratic weather, temperatures and precipitation, the threats are real. Don't fret, though: there's a framework for a more resilient agriculture system that puts adaptive management into farming and the food system, which can help everything thrive - even as problems in the system heat up.

Cranberries: Bogged Down in Water and Pollution

When you think about Thanksgiving turkey, what else comes to mind? No, not mashed potatoes and gravy: we're talking about cranberries. Most people either love or hate their sweet-tart flavor. We happen to love cranberries, but once we started looking into the impacts that conventional farming methods have on the environment, our relationship turned a little sour.

What Can You Grow in Recirculating Farms? More Than You Think!

The types of food that can be grown in recirculating farms are expanding rapidly. Systems can be specifically designed to produce a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and more by using shallow or deep water grow beds, vertical towers and many other creative options. Read on to find out just how much you can grow!

Support Family Farmers with Farm Aid!

On September 17, 2016, Farm Aid hosts its annual concert in Bristow, VA. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to support programs designed to keep family farmers on the land. Dig in and support our family farmers by donating to Farm Aid today!

Film Features Hemp Farmer and Veteran Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project

We first met Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project at Farm Aid 2015 where he and his fellow farmers presented the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We're excited to report that the partnership that made the flag was featured in a great new documentary, titled "Harvesting Liberty."

Adding Food into the Climate Equation: A Post-COP21 Agenda

Earth Day is signing day for the monumental COP21 climate deal. Emissions from energy production and fossil fuels are in the mix, but food and agriculture were left out. Here are the food and ag proposals we'd add if we were at the United Nations!

Where's the Guidance on Grassfed Products?

Customers looking for grassfed products have a lot of information to wade through. Since the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service revoked their grassfed standard in January, consumer and agriculture groups have called upon the Food Safety and Inspection Service for updated guidance. Learn more about the value of grassfed products as well as options for reliable sourcing.

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