Come with us on the (virtual) Road to Farm Aid as we celebrate Farm Aid's 30th anniversary concert in Chicago by profiling the amazing musicians involved! This week we learn more about singer-songwriter Dave Matthews, a Farm Aid board member and Virginia-based sustainable farmer.
It's back to school time! Here at GRACE we're trying to make everyone's job a little easier by providing free tools and resources that both teachers and students can use in their work on sustainable food, water and energy.
The new Eat Well Guide is a fantastic way to find sustainable and delicious food anywhere in the US. But as GRACE's Water and Energy team found out, it's also a great tool to find a meal that's water-efficient and solar-powered!
To commemorate Farm Aid's 30th year, we'll be joining other good food advocates at the Farm Aid 30 concert! This year it will be held in downtown Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on September 19!
Imported or domestic? Wild or farmed? When did choosing fish become so difficult? We've pulled together advice on navigating some common fish options you'll likely come across at the market or fish shack. Summer goes by fast, so cut back on the pondering and get back into the sunshine with our fish cheat sheet!
When most Americans think of dill, pickles come to mind, but the herb was once prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans for its health benefits and magical properties. A staple in the cuisines of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and Russia, dill is actually an incredibly functional, versatile herb and one of the most nutrient dense, low-calorie foods you can eat.
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!
Sassafras is kind of a big deal. Without it the whole history of the US might have played out differently. Also, we wouldn't have root beer or filé gumbo. Depending on whom you ask, sassafras is either a folk remedy or a dangerous carcinogen. We'll leave you to decide: bad seed or beneficial buddy?
Mollusks might be nervous: ocean acidification looms. As with rising mercury concentrations in fish, our fossil fueled energy choices are largely to blame. (OK, so maybe mollusks don't have feelings - but we bet you do, oyster-lovers.) What a great reason to support renewable energy!
We may know that "pancake syrup" is the margarine of maple syrup: the cheap imitator, the industrial substitute. "Pure" syrup is as unadulterated a product as it gets, and is all-American, to boot. Its production is natural, but it requires many steps and much patience to produce, and it only happens once a year. Because maple syrup, you see, is not simply tree sap.
It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.
Conventional wisdom tells us that raising cattle is surely bad for the environment and that eating red meat, and beef in particular, is surely bad for us. In her new book, Nicolette Hahn Niman challenges these assumptions and offers a well-researched alternative to those ideas.
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!
It's time to get your turkey for Thanksgiving. No kidding, heritage birds from sustainable farmers sell out fast. If you want to gather around taste-test winning meat this season, but don't know where to find it, check out these highlights of places in your region where you can find a sustainably raised bird!
Here's a common question: "Does pasture-raised beef have a low water footprint compared to industrial beef?" The answer: All beef has a high water footprint, but the sustainability of pasture-raised makes it a better choice.
GRACE's Peter Hanlon spoke with Thom Hartmann on his radio program about our recent blog post on the FDA's new fish and mercury consumption guidance, Consumer Reports' advice on the issue and how mercury gets into fish in the first place.