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Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

Real Food Icons: Introducing ''Emojis for Foodies''

Back in March, we organized an event - in partnership with the Noun Project and Mother Jones - that brought together designers, food experts and concerned citizens, to create food and farming icons to donate to the public domain, with an eye toward leveling the marketing playing field for smaller producers, if only a little.

Heroic Endeavor: Growing Cities Doc - Coming Soon to PBS?

Growing Cities is documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power urban farms have to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmaker Dan Susman believes in a food system that incorporates urban agriculture across the country.

Heroic Endeavors: Casting a Wide Net to Control an Invasive Species, Part 2

In a recent Heroic Endeavors feature, we interviewed Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart of the Wide Net project. The conversation ranged from marketing invasive fish species to nutrition to the current state of our food system. We liked Sharon and Wendy so much that we decided to run the rest of the interview we had with them!

Our Heroes: Naomi Starkman of Civil Eats

She may not be a household name, but Naomi Starkman influences some of the most famous leaders in the good food movement, and has been instrumental in the founding of many key projects, not least the James Beard Award-winning community food blog, Civil Eats.

USDA Fails to Verify 80 Percent of ''Humane'' and Other Meat Labels

What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.

Heroic Endeavors: Moms Taking Action on Food, Water and Energy

Mother's Day is a fitting occasion for us to give props to some of our favorite environmental advocates: moms. They're shaping conversations about energy, Big Food, clean air and water and a host of other issues. Here are a few groups you can join no matter where you live.

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.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 4, Ends Meat

Spoiler alert! Here it is, our recap of the final episode of Farmed and Dangerous, the explosive series on the conflicting messages - and messengers - about the food we eat. We're almost sorry to see Buck Marshall go!

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 3, Raising the Steaks

Chip and Sophia hang out with one of his cows and we find out what's behind his passion for sustainable ag and farming. But will good food advocates be able to stop Animoil's Mega Farm? And does Buck Marshall root for the machines when he watches The Matrix?

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2, Passing the Buck

Chip's viral exploding-cow video earns him a seat on The Morning Show, so Buck Marshall sends his daughter Sophia to stand up for Animoil. Chip tries to rally the public to request Senate hearings on PetroPellet safety - will he succeed? Here's our recap of Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2.

Save Fisheries, Save Water

It sounds strange, but saltwater fish and freshwater resources are closely linked. A new study calculated for the first time just how much freshwater would be needed to replace fish and other marine protein in our diets with protein produced on land.

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