food

FDA Admits Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic

FDA Admits Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic

Center for Food Safety Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Attorneys at Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on behalf of CFS, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and seven other U.S. food safety, agriculture, public health and environmental groups to compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to the groups’ […]

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    Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

    Local Food a Growing Trend for Land Trusts

    Erik Hoffner When a land trust in Grayslake, Illinois, made a strategic decision in 2005 to include farmland in its list of property types to preserve, it joined scores of traditional “woods and waters” trusts across the U.S. which are increasingly preserving agricultural lands and building local food systems. While it made sense strategically, since […]

    Growing Green Awards: Healthy Food Coming to a Corner Store Near You

    Growing Green Awards: Healthy Food Coming to a Corner Store Near You

    OnEarth By Brianna Almaguer Sandoval The food we eat every day is intimately connected to our health and the health of the environment. Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) fifth annual Growing Green Awards celebrates the food producers, businesses, activists and bold thinkers who are making America’s food system healthier and more sustainable. This year’s winners were […]

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Organic Valley’s George Siemon—A Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

    Stefanie Spear Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. While attending Ohio’s largest food and farming conference last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. Siemon was the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association‘s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference in Granville, Ohio. I’m inspired by Siemon’s […]

    From Cities to Suburbs, Raising Backyard Chickens is All the Rage

    From Cities to Suburbs, Raising Backyard Chickens is All the Rage

    Jayne Severson Boots crusted over with a layer of dried dirt, Matthew Wilson holds one of his Barred Rock hens as he walks through his garden. “Bitey developed more slowly than the others,” he says as he strokes her comb as if tending to his most fragile child. Bitey, so named because it often mistook […]

    Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food?

    Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food?

    Food Democracy Now! Ever have that creeping feeling that those in charge of watching over our food supply or making recomendations about what constitutes a healthy diet have lost their way? Sadly, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ looks like it has fallen sway to big money corporate contributions and sponsorships from Big Food like junk […]

    How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming

    How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming

    Ronnie Cummins Today, nearly 65 billion animals worldwide, including cows, chickens and pigs, are crammed into CAFOs. A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically […]

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    Worldwatch Institute Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service. Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including […]

    How Walmart is Taking Over the Food System

    How Walmart is Taking Over the Food System

    Institute for Local Self-Reliance Walmart now captures $1 of every $4 Americans spend on groceries. It’s on track to claim one-third of food sales within five years. Here’s a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system—triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food. […]