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.
In an exciting repeat performance, Farm Aid 2014 will sing the praises of family farms and farmers across the US. Get yourself on the road again and become an important part of the good food movement!
The 2014 NFL season opened with a unique and delicious win for the St. Louis Rams, who kicked off more than a football: Their home turf, the 64,000-seat Edward Jones Dome, is the first to offer sustainably raised, high-animal-welfare hot dogs and burgers to fans.
Sean Barrett is a founder of Dock to Dish, Long Island's first community-supported fishery and the country's first restaurant-supported fishery. The company has made it possible for a growing number of seafood lovers to establish a bond with sustainable fisheries, while opening up local markets to area fishermen.
"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.
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.
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."