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Food and Farming

How we grow, process, transport, market, prepare, and dispose of food is critical to many of the central issues of sustainable living. Over the last decades, factory farming has displaced many small family farms and created several environmental and health issues. Reviving smaller-scale farms, a process that schools might help though their purchasing, could encourage agricultural practices that are more sustainable in terms of the environment, health, and the local economy.

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Downloadable tools for demonstrating the academic, health, and financial benefits of high-quality, appealing school meals.

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Created in partnership with National Geographic, with examples of learning experiences for linking food, culture, health, and the environment.

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Gary Paul Nabhan - Long Before the First Thanksgiving
Gary Paul Nabhan

Arizona Pima Indian elders teach children to prepare traditional foods while sharing stories, songs, history, and culture.

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Essay Taste

Taste is social, cultural, and mysterious; detects toxins; can save the Earth; and is preserved by local organic farmers.

Paul Hawken
Essay Taking Back Our Food

Local agriculture and a return to small-scale farming are essential to solving the global food crisis.

Miguel A. Altieri
Essay Sodas in Schools: A Sticky Situation

School beverage policies should address obesity, tooth decay, and low-nutrient drinks' contributions to chronic illness.

Melinda Hemmelgarn
Blog Should Anti-Obesity Campaigns Learn from McDonald's?

Marketing of fast food to kids is relentless, joyous – and almost irresistible. How shall we counter it?

Lisa Bennett
Essay School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change

Decisions about school food are about balancing the interests of corporations and those of advocates for children's health.

Marion Nestle
Essay Rethinking Lunchtime: Making Lunch an Integral Part of Education

One school's strategies for improving its lunch program, including reversing lunch and recess.

Michael K. Stone
Blog Responding to the School Garden Debate

What was your response to the Atlantic article on school gardens?

Lisa Bennett
Essay Pleasure and Process: A Recipe for Good Eating

The pleasure of good eating arises from respect, appreciation, connection, memory, romance, trust, intimacy, and food stories.

Fred Kirschenmann
Essay Penny-wise and Pounds Foolish

The success of school meals should be measured by the health of children and the planet, not by bodies served at lowest cost.

Ann Cooper
Blog Oakland Takes on Inequity through School Food

The Center for Ecoliteracy receives grants totaling $200,000 to work with Oakland schools.

Lisa Bennett
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