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


Oct. 17, 2014: Karen Brown to discuss "Re-Localizing the Food System" at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA.


School food system reform is a critical strategy for addressing fundamental justice issues.

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

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

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Blog When Kids Get Good School Food — for a Day

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Lisa Bennett
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Karen Brown
Blog 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

Post Carbon Institute's video condenses humankind's affair with fossil fuels down to five animated minutes.

Michael K. Stone
Blog USDA MyPlate Graphic Supports Rethinking School Lunch Suggested Portions

The USDA's new graphic for a healthy diet fits nicely with the Center's ideas for Rethinking School Lunch.

Zenobia Barlow
Blog Cooking with California Food Conference

We presented our latest resources and strategies for fresh, local, healthy school meals at an August, 2011 conference.

Zenobia Barlow
Blog Eating Across America

A weekly web series takes us on a cross-country odyssey dedicated to food.

Alice Lee Tebo
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Cooking classes for nutrition services staff, based on the Center's cookbook and professional development guide.

Alice Lee Tebo
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The Nourish video and companion guides help us to pay attention to the stories behind every bite of food we take.

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