What’s Left Out of the Conversation When it Comes to Urban Agriculture
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by Alexandra Foster and Sheryll Durrant
21h ago
Urban agriculture offers a multitude of economic and environmental benefits to New York City that are overlooked. When properly resourced, it can be utilized as a framework to achieve food justice and create a more sustainable food system rooted in equity, community power, and climate resiliency. Urban agriculture can take on many different forms including, but not limited to, community gardens, urban farms, greenspaces, bioswales, rain gardens, community composting, beekeeping, and aquaculture. It is rooted in practices that support the environment, promote sustainable methods of food product ..read more
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These Leaders Are Learning to ‘Make the World Better With Food’
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by Danielle Nierenberg
3d ago
A version of this piece was featured in Food Tank’s newsletter, typically released weekly on Thursdays. To make sure it lands straight in your inbox and to be among the first to receive it, subscribe now by clicking here. I was recently at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for the annual Menus of Change Conference. And I want to share something I’ve been thinking about lately. Two very important recognitions have been announced over the past months, and they caught my eye because they indicate to me that we’re actually seeing food system transformation happen in real time. The first ..read more
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Cream Co. Meats Is Reshaping the Meat Industry One Farm at a Time
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by Clare Shanahan
4d ago
By partnering with regional meat producers across the United States, Cream Co. Meats is working to create opportunities for small farms and ranches to support a more localized food system. “We’re living in a time when the health of our planet is in peril, and regenerative agriculture offers a beacon of hope,” Pollard tells Food Tank. “By regenerating soil health, sequestering carbon, and restoring biodiversity, sustainable ranching practices have the power to reverse the damage caused by decades of industrial agriculture.” Founded in 2016 by Cliff Pollard in the Bay Area of Californi ..read more
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Native Farm Bill Coalition Advocates for Priorities in Farm Bill
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by Clare Shanahan
4d ago
The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) is pushing to ensure Native Americans and Indigenous groups have a seat at the table in negotiations for the next Farm Bill. Their top priorities focus on increasing access to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs by explicitly including Tribal Nations and Native producers in the provisions and reducing legislative and bureaucratic barriers. The Farm Bill, is a comprehensive collection of policy related to food and agricultural issues. It also contains key provisions for conservation, rural development, food assistance programs and many ..read more
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New Report Notes the Global Struggle Over Farmland and Food Sovereignty
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by Vinita Banthia
5d ago
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) recently released its report entitled Land Squeeze. It finds that land ownership is being consolidated in the hands of a few powerful actors, squeezing out smaller farmers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, and others who rely on traditional farmland. Since 2000, land around twice the size of Germany has been snatched up globally in transnational deals, according to IPES-Food’s report. Approximately 87 percent of these land grabs occurred in regions of high biodiversity. The top 1 percent of world’s largest fa ..read more
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Grow Well: Vertical Harvest’s Inclusive Employment Model Empowers Individuals Experiencing Disabilities in Urban Farming
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by Gillian Tarrant
1w ago
Vertical Harvest is an urban hydroponic farm based in Jackson, Wyoming. It works to support the community by developing local food systems. Through their Grow Well model, they strive to offer greater job opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. Vertical Harvest, which grows a variety of greens and lettuces, is guided by three primary tenets: Work Well+Be Well+Do Well, according to the company’s Co-Founder and CEO Nona Yehia. This refers to the combined effort to prioritize workforce development, improve the personal wellness of each employee, and strengthen the company’s p ..read more
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Thriving Oceans Create Nourished Communities and Resilient Food Systems
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by Danielle Nierenberg
1w ago
A version of this piece was featured in Food Tank’s newsletter, released weekly on Thursdays. To make sure it lands straight in your inbox and to be among the first to receive it, subscribe now by clicking here. It is easy to forget how much we depend on the world’s oceans. All together, the world’s oceans cover nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and plunge to an average depth of more than two miles. But even though oceans contain 97 percent of all the water on the planet, it can be surprisingly easy to forget about what we can’t see. “So much of what happens, happens underneath ..read more
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ICIPE Wants to Advance Insect Technology Globally
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by Gillian Tarrant
1w ago
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is a Nairobi-based research institute that elevates the role insects play in the creation of environmentally and socially sustainable food systems across Africa. Founded in 1970, icipe aims to understand how insects can best be introduced across the food system. They recognize the value of insects in agricultural environments and their potential to be used as a primary ingredient in consumer products. Abdou Tenkouano, Director General of icipe, sees insects and food as interconnected. “Food is produced in the field,” he tel ..read more
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Food & Wine Celebrates 2024 Game Changers: Visionaries Transforming the Culinary World
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by Elena Seeley
1w ago
Food & Wine released its list of 17 Game Changers, which recognizes individuals and companies changing the future of cooking, dining, and drinking. Among this year’s honorees are Rupa Bhattacharya and Chef Roshara Sanders of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). There, Bhatacharya, who serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Industry Leadership and Sanders, the CIA’s first Black woman Culinary Professor, are working to drive institutional change. With updates to the culinary curricula, they are encouraging a shift in “the way diversity is seen,” Bhattacharya&n ..read more
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Op-Ed | Bridging the Gap: Health and Climate Action on World Environment Day
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by Oliver Camp
1w ago
The links between climate and health are well understood. As the world warms and extreme weather events increase in frequency and severity, threats to human health are increasing. That’s very clear at a conceptual level. But at a practical level these two worlds can find themselves operating in isolation. Whether in policy, programs, research, or finance, siloes form. Focus narrows. Connections fray. Systems thinking becomes confined to the system in which we operate. To accelerate our progress towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, we must broaden our horizons and connect both within ..read more
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