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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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Type Title Description Author
Blog The Working Mom's Eating In Challenge

Professionally, I understand food as a green issue. Personally, living it is a very different story.

Lisa Bennett
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
Blog Oakland Takes on Inequity through School Food

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

Lisa Bennett
Blog When Kids Get Good School Food — for a Day

Oakland celebrates National School Lunch Week with one "Ideal Meal."

Lisa Bennett
Download Nourish Companion Guides

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

Blog How Much Food Will a Dollar Buy?

Schools have about a dollar to spend on the food in each lunch. What will that buy?

Karen Brown
Essay Earth's Limits: Why Growth Won't Return - Food

Multiple limiting factors make continuing expansion of the world's food supply, and therefore economic growth, problematic.

Richard Heinberg
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
Event The National Heirloom Exposition

September 14, 2011: Karen Brown addressed the need for "50,000,000 new farmers" at the first-ever National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, California.

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
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