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  • Harvesting Justice 13: We Have a Dream – Farm Workers Organize for Justice

    For decades, farmworkers – the more than one million men and women who work in fields and orchards around the country – have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. They have been building awareness and mobilizing the public, successfully securing some rights, higher wages, and better working conditions. More

  • Harvesting Justice #5: Uprooting Racism in the Food System – African Americans Organize

    A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism – the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color – manifests at all points in the food system. It emerges as barriers to land ownership and credit access for farmers of color, as wage discrimination and poor working conditions for food and farmworkers of color, and as lack of healthy food in neighborhoods of color. It shows up as discrimination in housing, employment, redlining, and other elements which impact food access and food justice. More

  • UN: More Sustainable Farming Needed to Feed the World

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) proclaimed today that we need to switch from the intensive farming practices of the past half-century to more sustainable agricultural practices if we want to feed the world in 2050. More

  • Teenage Farmworker Death Requires Justice & Change

    I’ve covered the horrendous topic of child labor on farms in the U.S. in the past, as well as Stephen Colbert’s testimony to Congress on immigrant farmworkers in which he almost broke into tears. Now, I’m bringing to you the story of one young farmworker’s death in California, the fight for justice in this case, […] More

  • Children in the Fields [VIDEO]

    I recently ran across a good video on exactly what the title implies: children working in agriculture in the U.S. Talk about an under-acknowledged issue of great concern! The statements of the kids and documentation of child farmworkers in the video are chilling. More

  • Agroecological Farming vs. Organic Farming: What’s the difference?

    One of Becky’s recent posts raised the question of what separates agroecological farming from organic farming. Although agroecological farming shares some of the same principals as organic farming, agroecology is not associated with a particular type of agriculture. Conventional and organic farms alike can take an agroecological approach to managing farmland. What Is Agroecology? Agroecology […] More

  • Small Farmers Fear FDA Crackdown

    [social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress is considering new legislation to make food safer. Given how often the industrial food industry violates safety procedures, more regulation seems like a no-brainer. But a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle highlights fears that […] More

  • The Oil Intensity of Food

    By Lester R. Brown Today we are an oil-based civilization, one that is totally dependent on a resource whose production will soon be falling. Since 1981, the quantity of oil extracted has exceeded new discoveries by an ever-widening margin. In 2008, the world pumped 31 billion barrels of oil but discovered fewer than 9 billion […] More

  • Green Diva’s Guide to Delicious Living: Earth Day – Food for Thought

    Is there anyone NOT sucked into the whirlwind of earth day hype? Is there anyone that isn’t thinking of how they can get their green on? Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed by it all? Us Green Divas area all about easy does it! If we make earth day more of a lifestyle and simply start […] More

  • New Census Data Shows Greater Diversity in American Farming

    Results of the 2007 Census released last week counted the 2,204,792 farms in the United States, a net increase of 75,810 farms since the last census in 2002. According to the results, farms started in the last five years have more diversified production, fewer acres, and younger operators who also work off-farm. Organic, value-added, and […] More

  • Green Diva’s Guide to Delicious Living: Willie Nelson to President-Elect Barack Obama

    Got another wonderful email from Willie Nelson today . . . I really love and appreciate the work Willie Nelson is doing with Farm Aid and the letter he wrote to our new president elect, Barack Obama, which beautifully articulates the need to pay attention to family farmers. While there are so many urgent issues looming and competing for airspace […] More

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    Organic Vegetable Farming: Now More Vegan Than Ever

    How exactly does one make a vegetable farm less carnivorous than it already is? The practice of veganic – or “stock-free” – farming is beginning to take hold among some small-scale farmers in the United States and Canada. It has been a common method in Europe for years. Veganic farmers practice organic farming by eschewing […] More

  • What About the Food in the Farm Bill?

    I’m relatively new to this crazy Farm Bill thing. I was invited last Summer to an event at Paul Newman and local food activist chef Michel Nischan’s restaurant, the Dressing Room in Wesport CT, to listen to an amazing panel of speakers and participate in a dialog about the 2007 Farm Bill. This incredibly informative […] More