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

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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 Meditations on an Apple

As you raise the apple to your lips, savor the millions of agreements and simple actions, arrayed across time and space, connecting you to each other and to the land.

Janet Brown
Essay Farming's Central Role in Alleviating Poverty

Farming, ecological stewardship, and a sense of place play central roles in efforts to alleviate poverty.

Michael Ableman
Essay You Are What You Grow: Will This Year's Farm Bill Make Us Fatter and Sicker?

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

Michael Pollan
Essay Unhappy Meals

How whole foods came to be treated not as complex ecologies, but as mere delivery systems for "nutrients."

Michael Pollan
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 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
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