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

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

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

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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 Beyond a Garden in Every School

School gardens should be thought of as the center of the school, and not just another program or place.

Philip Nix
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
Essay The Meaning of Food

Traditional Hawaiian farmers address problems of diet-related diseases by reconnecting food, farming, education, and health.

Claire Hope Cummings
Essay Food Fight: The 2007 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill significantly affects food, farming, land use, school meals, biodiversity, family farms, and farm workers.

Dan Imhoff
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 Long before the First Thanksgiving

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

Gary Paul Nabhan
Essay The Many Wonders of Plants

To learn to eat well, children need to be reconnected with nature and with living food.

Joan Dye Gussow
Essay Wild and Slow: Nourished by Tradition

Degenerative diseases like diabetes can be reduced by shifting from refined carbohydrate diets to traditional wild foods.

John C. Mohawk
Essay Farming the Future

Future food security will require new crops of farmers with a diversity of approaches adapted to local conditions.

Kenny Ausubel
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