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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Shanna B. Tiayon: Serotonin and the Garden of Good Eating

The garden was literally healing me. The low to mild depression I had been cycling in and out of started to break, and I felt lighter, happier, and more self-accepting.

May 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miguel Altieri: How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

Many organizations see urban agriculture as a way to enhance food security. It also offers environmental, health and social benefits.

April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Leah Penniman: By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves

Enslavement and sharecropping cannot erase thousands of years of Black people’s sacred relationship with the land.

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Counter Mapping

Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Helena Norberg-Hodge: Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet. If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled … Continue reading

December 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Emily Kawano: Seven Ways to Build the Solidarity Economy

We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’ (Photo: Flickr/Cogdogblog. CC BY 2.0.) . The solidarity economy is a global movement to build a post-capitalist world … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

David R. Montgomery: Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé: Farming for a Small Planet

How we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot—no matter how much we produce. People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

Mary Swander: Hunger Among the Amber Fields of Grain

“Over 80 percent of our school children here in Storm Lake, Iowa, are in danger of going hungry,” the director of a Food Insecurity Summit tells me. “They eat breakfast … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Deirdre Fulton: On Capitol Hill, Chefs Speak Out for GMO Labeling

‘Having honest, clear labeling of the foods we eat is a fundamental right, one that’s worth fighting for.’ –Tom Colicchio More than 700 chefs and restauranteurs are calling on Congress … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Courtney White: Farming Like the Earth Matters

Many young people in agriculture today are looking to the past and discovering that nature’s model works best. It is easy to forget that once upon a time all agriculture … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 6 Comments

Video: Facing a Post-Antibiotic Age

The emergence of pathogens resistant to even our antibiotics of last resort has raised the specter of a “post-antibiotic age” in which drugs to fight infections may be useless. This … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

UN Report: Small-scale organic farming is the only way the world can feed itself

Farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

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