Articles about Food
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Five Vital Lessons From Psychedelic Experts
The problem with banning anything out of a fear of the unknown is that many unknowns will remain. Such is the story of many psychedelic drugs in the U.S. While the government...
Our Bodies Don't Need Meat. So Why Can't We Give It Up?
Imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which resources are so scarce that the government decides that all grain must go to people rather than animals. Without animal feed, steak...
From Floating Food Forests to Vacant Lot Crops, Urban Farming Is Taking Root Across America
More than 1,500 community gardens have been started on vacant land in Detroit alone in recent years.
Maybe the Humans in Interstellar Wouldn't Have Wrecked Their Planet If They Had Stopped Monocropping
Did the brainiac space man played by Matthew Mcconaughey ever stop to consider the possibility that continuing to rely on massive homogeneous corn fields was driving the death...
Going Veggie Would Cut Global Food Emissions by Two Thirds and Save Millions of Lives - New Study
Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on red and processed meat will make you healthier. That’s obvious enough. But as chickens and cows themselves eat food and...
In One Month We Will Begin Intentionally Starving Poor People
At the end of March, 22 states will begin imposing work requirements on people who want food stamps. Hundreds of thousands of people will likely lose their food aid. The Wall...
Sanders Puts Block on Obama's Big Pharma Nominee for FDA
'We need someone who will work to substantially lower drug prices, implement rules to safely import brand-name drugs from Canada and hold companies accountable who defraud our...
PBS FRONTLINE's "Modern Meat", And" the Trouble With Chicken" (A Films for Action Double Feature)
How safe is it to eat meat in America? Two PBS Frontline Documentaries ask the hard questions about E. Coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria that are sending American families...
World's Small Farmers Fighting Back as WTO Pushes Corporate Agenda
The WTO is aiming to strengthen a 'corporate-driven free trade regime' while ignoring solutions that would protect small-scale farmers and increase food security, says La Via...
This Tiny Country Is Going 100 Percent Organic
In 2011, the tiny mountain nation of Bhutan announced a lofty goal: make the country’s agricultural system 100 percent organic by the year 2020. If it succeeded, it would be...
Cowspiracy - The Documentary Turning Environmentalists Vegan
Streaming giant Netflix recently launched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, a 90-minute documentary financed via the crowd-funding site Indiegogo and...
Are Hospital Farms the Next Big Thing in Healthcare Reform?
This summer, St. Luke’s Hospital started sending all new moms home from the hospital with a basket of fresh produce, recipes and literature about the importance of a healthy...
What Our Food Is Really Doing to the Planet, in 15 Jaw-Dropping Images
When current science news is filled with pictures — incredible, beautiful, literally awesome pictures — of planetary bodies 3 billion miles away, it's easy to forget what's...
Can Meat Actually Be eco-friendly?
Should we eat meat? That’s the big question, which — for this series — I’m asking three different ways: in terms of environmental sustainability, morality, and...
Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
How industrial-scale farming is actually becoming anti-science.
The Food Waste Fiasco: You Have to See It to Believe it
You may have already heard a few appalling facts about food waste but just in case you haven’t, here are a few tidbits of information to catch you up on the issue. - We throw...
The Robin Hood Army: Fighting Food Waste in India and Pakistan
The Robin Hood Army are taking on food waste in India and Pakistan by redistributing food waste from restaurants and weddings and giving it to the hungry
Food Waste Is a Massive Problem. Here's How to Fix It.
A new film highlights the food waste problem. Here are some things we can do to fix it.  As we face a serious drought, many cities in California and elsewhere are working hard...
The Cruelties of Factory Farming Shelter Behind a Fairytale Image
The way that meat, eggs and milk are produced is surrounded by one of our great silences, in which most people collaborate. We don’t want to know, because knowing would force...
Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs
Biodiverse ecological agriculture in women's hands is a solution not just to the malnutrition crisis, but also the climate crisis. The two great ecological challenges of...
Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion
"Land is the only real wealth in this country and if we don't own any we'll be out of the picture." — Ralph Paige, Federation of Southern Cooperatives We have been uprooted...
My Home, My Land - An Illustrated Overview of Land Grabbing
My Home, My Land is a graphic representation of much of the Oakland Institute's work on land grabs. Illustrated by the Institute's Intern Scholar, Abner Hauge, this publication...
Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn't Mean It Was Raised Humanely
The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent mistreatment of farm animals—but the agency may finally move to change that. Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also...
Monsanto: Profile of a Psychopath
It is said that if a modern, successful corporation were a type of person, it would be a psychopath.  With this in mind, Jason Louv assesses ‘Patient Monsanto’ An...
Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land. In August, five young men showed up at Soul Fire Farm, a sustainable farm...
10 Things Food Banks Need But Won't Ask For
Some items are in high demand at the food bank and you may not realize it. Because they aren’t essentials, the staff doesn’t publicly ask for them. A survey on Reddit.com asked...
Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity
At a conference a couple weeks ago an activist who does work in Africa recounted an encounter she had with the minister of agriculture of a certain African country. The...
Everything You Need To Know About "Deep-Bottom Trawling" In One Great Comic
Deep-bottom trawling is to the sea what clear cutting is to the land. In this great comic, French artist Penelope Bagieu shows us just how important the oceans are, how...
Everything You Need to Know About Food Waste... In 11 Short Films
1 in 7 Americans are food insecure, which means they are often hungry with no food to eat, yet we produce enough food to feed every American two times over. That’s about $165...
Farmher in the Dell: Women in Agriculture
Itʼs a cool spring day in Merville, BC as Moss Dance, sole proprietor of Ripple Farm, unfurls irrigation lines along tightly spaced rows of lettuces. Itʼs early in the season...
Meats: A Health Hierarchy
In case you've not yet purchased your weekend meat, here is a pretty harrowing/empowering case for choosing chicken instead of beef when you can. About a quarter of greenhouse...
7 Billion for Dinner? Here's How to Feed Them
Most people – even many of those who support small farms and eat organic food – believe that there’s no way to feed the global population without the use of chemical...
The Next American Revolution Has Begun And This Is What It Looks Like
This is what real revolution looks like. This is the future. Ron Finley in South Central LA was tired of living in a food desert and he decided to do something about it. He...
Where to Eat If You Want to Support Restaurants That Pay Their Workers a Living Wage
Good ole’ Costco made national news again during this year’s State of the Union. Why? Because Costco is a corporate empire that pays livable wages. Unfortunately, this type of...
Ask Umbra: Can I Rest Easy Eating Organic Beef?
Q. I always buy organically raised beef, when I do buy beef. I read that ground beef you get is a mixture of beef from different animals. How do I know the beef I am getting...
Just Eat It: Big Money Spends Millions to Convince Washington It's None of Our Business What We Put In Our Mouths
9 November 2013: A disheartening but predictable loss for GMO labelling in Washington, where Monsanto, DuPont and other big corporate interests jumped in and spent millions...
8 Foods That Food Experts Won't Eat
Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals–and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of...
These Aerial Shots of Factory Farming Look Like Bloody Zombie Wounds
America’s heartland! Place of milk and honey! Where cows frolic happily in fields full of corn, butterflies, and maple syrup (just go with it). Or not? You’re telling me the...
Your Half-Eaten Sandwich's Dirty Secret
Food waste is killing the planet. Here's how.  
Monsanto Hates Democracy
Monsanto hates democracy because democracy doesn't work for Monsanto. Nine out of 10 of us want to know where Monsanto's been hiding the GMOs in our food and  most of us...
Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry
"When one comes to think of it, it is strange that thousands of people in a great modern city should spend their waking hours swabbing dishes in hot dens underground. The...
"The Awakening That's Happening": Local, Sustainable Food
“People are realizing that we can’t rely on the industrial food system much longer. The awakening that’s happening is our greatest opportunity,” says New Mexican farmer and...
Monsanto Protection Act May Soon be Repealed Thanks to Activism
The so-called Monsanto Protection Act signed into law earlier this year caused such an outrage that people around the world are planning to protest the biotech company later...
May 25 ‘March Against Monsanto’ Planned for Over 30 countries
SEATTLE, Wash. - March Against Monsanto has announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are...
Want to Change the World? You'll Have to Get Your Hands Dirty
As a filmmaker, it’s a rare privilege to stumble upon a completely unique story—in the case of my new documentary, Grasp the Nettle, a motley collection of land...
What's Wrong with McDonald's?
This article is asking you to think for a moment about what lies behind McDonald's clean, bright image. It's got a lot to hide. "At McDonald's we've got time for you"...
Flesh Choice: A Meat Lover's Guide to Giving It Up
I once saw a turkey carcass in a New York City garbage can. It did not look good. I said to myself, I’m never eating meat again. A few hours later, I ate meat. If you have...
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
Patrick Crouch practices the kind of gardening that Detroit has recently become famous for. The typical plot at Earthworks Urban Farm, where he serves as program manager, is...
How Much is Organic Certification Worth?
The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has...
Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods
In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as  Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere...