Interstellar: Less Than Stellar Movie on Climate Change


As a parent of three young children I don’t often make it to the movie theater. I’m not usually aware what is even in the theaters unless it involves singing chipmunks, snow queens or talking toys. So, it was a minor miracle this weekend that I was invited to see Interstellar with some friends of […]

Gluten Free Diets: A-Gluten For Punishment?


This started out as an email to my friend Gary. We’ve had an ongoing conversation over the years about everything from faith and science to GMOs and sustainable agriculture. We come from different perspectives in some ways and share common ground in others. Discussing with someone you disagree with and being open to your assumptions […]

Growing Strength to Grow Food


“Instead of foreigners sending us food, they should give us the chance to do our own agriculture so it can survive.” So said Rony Charles, a rice grower and member of the Agricultural Producer Cooperative of Verrettes, in Haiti.Giving domestic agriculture the chance to survive would address four critical needs: 1. Creating employment for the […]

Some Questions for Your Farmer at the Farmers’ Market


We are the most divorced from ecology and agriculture civilization in history resulting in a cultural ignorance when it comes to food. As was recently said by Joel Salatin, “we know more about the Kardashians than we do about what we eat.” As I stood there today in the presence of farmers, pseudo-farmers, and food […]

Market Offers Wealth of Tradition—and Veggies—for Immigrant Farmers


Markets like Crossroads support immigrant farmers by connecting them with other immigrants, making it easy to exchange knowledge, and helping them find a way to return to their agrarian roots. The Crossroads farmers’ market is known statewide for being the first farmers market in Maryland to electronically accept various types of nutrition benefit programs: food stamps, known […]

What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate


Marie was only 11 years old when she spoke at the “Raise the bar, Hershey!” rally in 2010. She’d seen videos of children in Ivory Coast and Ghana lugging around heavy sacks of cocoa beans and wielding machetes to open cocoa pods. She heard that these malnourished children in forced labor are often whipped or […]

What’s Fairer than Fair Trade?


This is a great article which breaks down some of the problems with Fair Trade and poses some possible solutions. Also discovered in the article that a Mennonite started the fair trade movement. There is today a far wider, more exciting range of chocolate bars available than we knew even a decade ago, and consumers […]

Global food waste explained with five tomatoes


Each year, the world produces about 1,471 pounds 670 kilograms of edible food for every person on the planet. We only eat about half of that. What happens to the rest? This video breaks it down — and gives you a few suggestions for what you can do to fix the problem. via Global food waste explained […]

Data farm: MacArthur genius looks for food solutions from space


MacArthur genius using satellite data to get a space-eye view of our food system. So, for example, Lobell and his collaborators have been able to show how global warming is stunting major food crops. Depressing findings like this have a practical side: They show plant breeders and farmers the kind adaptations they need to be […]

The Global Land Rush


What is new now is the scramble to secure land abroad for more basic food and feed crops—including wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans—and for biofuels. These land acquisitions of the last several years, or “land grabs” as they are sometimes called, represent a new stage in the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. They are occurring […]