The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
10 Projects Reinvigorating Farming and Culinary Traditions
Projects connecting eaters and producers, encouraging youth to choose agriculture, bringing and restoring faded culinary traditions are beginning to sprout up across the world.
Additionally, the growth in farmers' markets and the surge of interest in local food and food transparency is not only bringing people closer to producers, but creating much-needed excitement around cooking and food cultivation.
According to The Guardian, here are 10 projects that are highlighting and reinvigorating farming's greatest aspects:
Teaching pupils about indigenous crops, founders Edward Mukiibi and Roger Sserunjogi have partnered with Slow Food International to strengthen relationships between young people and food. As well as improving diets and agricultural techniques they've helped reignite a vibrant cooking culture and local food knowledge.
KYF2 local markets provide opportunities for new farmers, diversified sales for experienced farmers and retail for small businesses, and allow consumers to learn about the origin of their food. Strengthening regional food systems, fostering healthy eating and empowering consumers are the U.S. Department of Agriculture's goals.
Agriculture employs more than half of India's workforce and yet pervasive undernutrition endures, especially among the young. With the long-term goal of building a nutrition knowledge and innovations network in India, this International Food Policy Research Institute program provides an information-sharing platform for nutrition, health, agriculture and education stakeholders.
This campaign encourages the use of local foods in schools, teaches children about food origins, and educates Finland and the world in appreciating Finnish food. Parents are urged to enjoy food with their children, with the aim of raising a new generation of eaters who think of food as a vehicle for connection and gathering.
Much like language, culinary tradition must be practiced to be retained. This team preserves Latin American cuisine, traveling through the 21 countries cataloging ingredients, dishes and street food for future generations.
Federica Marra wants to bring young people closer to the food system and shorten the field-to-fork loop. Using urban roof gardens, young people own the process, from growing methods and energy supplies to harvesting and taking the product to market.
By encouraging Hungarians to grow food, not just flowers, this new initiative revives the forgotten popular kitchen garden traditions.
Created by a group of Oaxacan mothers, who were worried about their children forgetting native recipes—and the consequential health problems they observed. They publish recipes, consult, run workshops and classes to preserve and strengthen indigenous food culture.
Giving a voice to young farmers and promoting a youthful and innovative agricultural sector is the Council's aim. Through exchange programs, training and protecting agricultural and cultural traditions, they work to support young farmers and strengthen rural areas.
With a focus on youth and women, this project encourages farmers to develop dairy skills and grow their income throughout the value chain. Transferring knowledge from older farmers, as they retire, to Kenya's youth, is seen as critical.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Bijal Trivedi
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public health. Each year these so-called superbugs cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. and kill more than 35,000 people.
By Joe Vukovich
Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today's energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn't be subject to any water or energy efficiency standards at all. The move would not only undermine three decades of progress for consumers and the environment, it is based on serious distortions of fact regarding today's dishwashers.
By Emily Moran
If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you've noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or almost none, "masting."
By Catherine Davidson
Tashi Yudon peeks out from behind a net curtain at the rooftops below and lets out a sigh, her breath frosting on the windowpane in front of her.
Some 700 kilometers away in the capital city Delhi, temperatures have yet to dip below 25 degrees Celsius, but in Spiti there is already an atmosphere of impatient expectation as winter settles over the valley.