Articles about Food
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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 from our land. As African-Americans, many of our ancestors were stolen from West Africa to be sold...
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 dismantles the many myths promoted by so-called donor countries, development agencies, and...
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 carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...
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 Evaluation of Psychopathic Traits in Patient MONSANTO (NYSE: MON) From my confidential clinical records of...
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 near Albany, New York, where I work as educator and food justice coordinator. It was the first day...
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 volunteers what items people would be most appreciative of and we’ve listed the top 10 below. If...
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 minister spoke with excitement about the high-tech agricultural technologies he was bringing into 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 destructive trawling is and what we can do about it. For starters you can sign and share this petition.
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 billion worth of food that is not being eaten. So where’s all that extra food? Well it’s in our...
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, but there are already fresh greens, radishes and onions ready to harvest for the weekly farmersʼ...
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 gas emissions come from agriculture. First, here’s the hierarchy of meats (well, proteins) in terms...
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 fertilizers and pesticides, fossil fuels, biotechnology, heavy equipment, and the rest of the agribusiness...
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 took back control over his food supply and health, while also setting his community on a path towards...
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 business model is treated as if it’s an endangered species, even more so within the restaurant...
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 is, in fact, organically grown? Could it be mixed with other feedlot beef? Also, when it comes to...
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, sometimes evidently illegally, to defeat Initiative 522 to label groceries containing genetically...
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 specialty explain why they won’t eat these eight foods. Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables...
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 flatlands are actually covered in festering scabs, thanks to factory farming? OK, maybe YOU aren’t...
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 wouldn't eat those GMOs if we knew where they were. If everything in this country were decided...
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 question I am raising is why this life goes on--what purpose it serves, and who wants it to...
"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 activist Miguel Santistevan. This awakening has sparked the revival of local, sustainable food...
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 this month. Now a United States Senator is expected to try and repeal that law after mounting...
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 being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US...
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 rights activists, squatting a three-acre piece of land in the heart of suburban London. With...
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" goes the jingle. Why then do they design the service so that you're in and out as soon as possible?...
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 ever driven between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the 5, you may have seen a disgusting cattle...
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 cultivated on borrowed land and in close proximity to houses and apartment buildings. These plots...
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 more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion...
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 within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.  Peru’s Plenary Session of...
Grocery Chain Figures Out How to Stop Wasting Food
40 percent of the food we produce in the United States goes uneaten. No matter how local or organic it is, if nearly half our edible food is ending up in the garbage, we’re not doing something right. Much of this food gets wasted at home, and I recently blogged about simple...
Chipotle in hot salsa over tomato pickers' rights
It’s a long drive from Florida to Denver, but Leonel Perez and his colleagues at theCoalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) don’t mind. In fact, they arrived in the Mile High City three weeks early for Cultivate, a food, beer, and music festival sponsored by Chipotle Mexican...
There's arsenic in your rice -- and here's how it got there
Rice. It’s just one of the basics, right? Whether eaten on its own, or in products like pastas or cereal, this inexpensive and healthy food is a staple for Asian and Latino communities, as well as the growing number of people looking to avoid gluten. Here’s the bad news...
We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single...
Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists
New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. "And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either." Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State...
Sen. Sanders: Consumers should know if food is genetically modified
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on Thursday introduced an amendment to the farm bill that would give states the power to label genetically modified food. “I personally believe, and I think most Americans believe, that when a mother goes to the store and...
The Best Social Change Documentaries of 2011
2011 will likely be remembered in America as the year that the nation's youth finally started to wake up - all that bubbling knowledge of the world's problems, all the discontent and disillusion with our broken system finally burst into a flurry of creative action. Our...
FDA Says Chicken Meat Contains Small Amounts of Arsenic
After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that's fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes...
Dumpster diver says: Trader Joe’s must stop wasting food
For many years now, I have fed my family food from the dumpster. It’s not because I can’t afford to shop at grocery stores like other, normal folks. It’s because supermarkets across the nation toss perfectly good meats, cheeses, eggs, and produce into the trash every single...
Forget the gloom—new ways of living and organizing our economy are flourishing
The last couple of days have been gloomy ones. I kept checking in with the vague and dire reports from the nuclear-power bleeding edge in Japan. For part of the time I was also immersed in a post about truly awful things going on in the U.S. poultry industry. While digging...
Maine Town Becomes First to Declare Food Sovereignty
The town of Sedgwick, Maine, currently leads the pack as far as food sovereignty is concerned. Local residents recently voted unanimously at a town hall meeting to pass an ordinance that reinforces its citizens' God-given rights to "produce, process, sell, purchase, and...
Bad Food Makes Kids Dumber, Study Says
A new study says 3-year-olds who mostly eat processed foods have lower IQs five years later. (So Pop-Tarts and Sunny-D are why we're "falling behind" China in math and science?) The study, cited in The Guardian, examined the diets of 14,000 wee Britlets, based on what their...
Farmer-Scientist Group Wants to ‘Hack Society’ through Open-Source Technology
One of the most frequent criticisms leveled against the sustainable agriculture movement is that its proponents want to send farmers back to 19th-century hard labor, with hand weeding and harvesting. Here's an incredibly cool group of eco-minded "farmer-scientists" who aren't...
Do Synthetic Food Colors Cause Hyperactivity in Children?
Food coloring is the reason glace cherries are red rather than beige and that children's tongues sometimes appear freakishly blue. But man-made dyes may do more than make processed food look vibrant and whimsical. Some blame the additives for triggering behavioral problems...
Leaked EPA Memo Links Pesticide to Mysterious Bee Deaths
An internal EPA memo released Wednesday confirms that the very agency charged with protecting the environment is ignoring the warnings of its own scientists about clothianidin, a pesticide from which the German agrichemical giant, Bayer racked up about $262 million in...
Food Fascism in the Land of the Free
The food industry is no longer a free market.  In fact, I'd go as far as saying it's becoming the most glaring example of corporate-government fascism in America. Actual monopolies fully control the basic building blocks of the food that makes up the majority of the...