sustainable agriculture

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.

Sustainable Food Iconathon

On March 2nd at the School of Visual Arts in New York, GRACE is teaming up with The Noun Project and Mother Jones to host an open design workshop. The Iconathon's goal is to create a set of universally recognizable icons to help increase communication about food issues.

Taking the High Road Toward A Sustainable Food System

Taking the high road in labor practices is critical to the establishment of a truly sustainable food system. In honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate ongoing progress and increasing momentum as food workers continue to organize for fair wages and better working conditions.

TEDx Manhattan Heroes: Myra Goodman

TEDx Manhattan speaker Myra Goodman is the co-founder of Earthbound Farm. Her talk is called "In Praise of Big Organic." Goodman believes that if we want to preserve public health and protect the soil and water we rely on to grow our food, transitioning land to organic practices has to be at the top of the agenda of the healthy food movement.

A True Cost of Food Q&A with Liz Earle and Patrick Holden

As the Sustainable Food Trust hosts "The True-Cost Accounting in Farming and Food" conference in London Thursday and Friday, here is a Q&A with Patrick Holden, the Founding Director of the Trust, about the true cost of the food we eat - and how we can make those costs more visible.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Amaranth

Although its nutty, delicious seeds can be found year-round in health food and some larger grocery stores, amaranth is only in season in the summer through mid-fall. The Today Show has called amaranth greens the next kale, and there are numerous recipes pairing the striking plant's seeds with more common ingredients.

Sustainable Table is on the #Road2FarmAid!

American farmers have been through a lot in recent decades - the least we can do is show our support of their hard work every day. Join us in spreading #farmerlove on the #Road2FarmAid!

Pro-Pasture Friday

If you eat meat, eggs or dairy, check out the Pro-Pasture Friday campaign from Friends of Family Farmers; the organization is working to build support for sustainable farms by encouraging consumers to buy pasture-raised products on - you guessed it - Fridays.

The Healthy Farm: A Vision for US Agriculture

Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.

Our Heroes: Four Country Gals in Beryl, Utah

Meet more of Ecocentric's sustainable farmer heroes this week: "We are DHA Family Farms aka the Four Country Gals, located in the middle of nowhere, Beryl Utah. We have a cow, 17 sheep, 4 dairy goats, 3 pygmy goats, 4 breeding rabbits, 35 or so chickens, and 6 very useless dogs. We love all of them!"

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