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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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
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 Food Security - It Takes a Community

Community food security recognizes the importance of a host of community-based institutions and sectors to achieve true food security in a given area or region.

Mark Winne
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
Essay Feeding Our Future

By feeding young people well, we are feeding and nourishing our own future.

Michael Ableman
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