Conventional wisdom – that only Big Ag can feed the world – is wrong, or at least much or contested than its champions let on. The latest UN report – Agriculture: Investing in Natural Capital – concludes that green agriculture, characterized by low-tech, highly-skilled methods like restoring and enhancing soil fertility through the increased use of naturally and sustainably produced nutrient inputs; diversified crop rotations; and livestock and crop integration, can indeed feed the world.
Read more: Yes, Sustainable Farming Can Feed the World
Reporter and author, Jonathan Bloom, figures America throws away half of its food. He traces waste through the food chain, from farm to store to home, and suggests how we can be less profligate.
Read more: Jonathan Bloom Discusses His Book – American Wasteland (Audio)
Listen to public radio’s Tavis Smiley as he talks with Will Allen, a former NBA player and the founder/CEO of Growing Power, an urban agriculture and food system that provides fresh fruits and vegetables in urban food deserts.
Read more: Tavis Smiley Interviews Will Allen (Audio)
The MOSES Organic Farming Conference is the largest organic farming conference in the US. Nearly 3000 attended this year’s event, held February 24-26, 2011. The conference is past but it’s not over; there’s lot’s more to learn.
Read more: The 22nd MOSES Conference – What You Missed
After careful consideration, in order to insure that the company he, his family, and his long-time employees worked so hard to build would continue to grow and reflect his values, Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill, chose to create an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
Read more: How to Go ESOP: Bob’s Red Mill
Bringing the Food Economy Home reveals how a shift towards the local would protect and rebuild agricultural diversity by giving farmers a larger share of the money spent on food, and providing consumers with healthier, fresher food at more affordable prices.
Read more: Bringing the Food Economy Home by Helena Norberg-Hodge
“THE ORGANIC OPPORTUNITY/Local Organic Food as Economic Development in Woodbury County, Iowa” tells the story of the first county in the US to promote local organic agriculture as economic development.
Read more: The Organic Opportunity
Amanda Irving and René Featherstone are an unlikely partnership and yet it takes both – the farmer and the baker – to turn an ancient grain like spelt into delicious bread. American consumers have strayed a long way from real food and real bread. René and Amanda are on the path that farmers and bakers have followed for millennia: growing good grain and making good bread. Long may that partnership last!
Read more: Let them eat bread!
GoodFood World took the opportunity to talk with Chris King, Seafood Specialist for Town and Country Markets; here’s what he had to say about sourcing sustainable seafood.
Read more: Chris King Brings Sustainable Seafood to Town and Country Markets
First Lady Michelle Obama added the power of her presence to Walmart’s announcement of its Nutrition Charter, an initiative for healthy eating. Walmart will reformulate products to improve nutrition by 2015 by reducing sodium 25% and added sugars 10%, and removing all trans fats; make healthy food more affordable by reducing the cost of fruits and vegetables and healthier options; developing a healthy seal to make it easier for customers to make healthy choices.
Read more: Walmart’s New Healthy Food Strategy: PR Smoke?