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Reducing Food Waste

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A sustainable food culture values food from farm to table and back to the soil. Journalist Jonathan Bloom shares how families and food producers can reduce, recycle, and reuse food waste. How much food do Americans waste, and where does it go? Jonathan Bloom: Americans waste 40 percent of the food we grow and raise, when ... READ MORE 

Video: Nigel Walker, “Saving Seed”

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For thousands of years, farmers have saved and shared seeds to preserve flavorful, unique, and resilient varieties of fruits and vegetables. Organic farmer Nigel Walker explains the process of saving heirloom seed on Eatwell Farm. What heirloom foods do you enjoy? Seeds of Change Heirloom fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs have been selected by farmers ... READ MORE 

Video: “Fair Trade”

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How does food connect us to the global community? Author Anna Lappé and chef Bryant Terry discuss how choosing Fair Trade products helps farmers around the world. Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 14. Let us know how you support fair food on Facebook. What Is Fair Trade? From bananas to chocolate, many of ... READ MORE 

Video: Michael Pollan, “From the Soil”

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Each week, we’ll be introducing a new film from the Nourish short film collection. In celebration of Earth Week, author Michael Pollan describes how the simple act of eating offers us an intimate connection with the soil. Let us know how you’re celebrating Earth Day on Facebook. The Dirt on Soil Fertile soil is essential ... READ MORE 

Vote with Your Fork

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Food choices serve as a mirror of our values. Through our shopping and eating, we can help support a healthy food culture. Author Michael Pollan encourages us to make every food choice matter by voting with our fork. Why do our food choices matter? Michael Pollan: Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, ... READ MORE 

Eating with the Seasons

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Choosing food that is local and in season connects us to a specific place and time. Chef Bryant Terry and author Anna Lappé discuss the joy of eating with the seasons. What does it mean to eat with the seasons? Bryant Terry: I learned many things about food from my grandmother. When I was growing ... READ MORE 

Local Food

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When you buy from a local farmer, you’re making a direct investment in your community. Author Anna Lappé, sustainable food advocate Anim Steel, and chef Bryant Terry discuss the many benefits of eating local. What does it mean to eat locally? Anna Lappé: “Buy local” campaigns are popping up all across the country. The principle ... READ MORE 

Heirlooms

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Heirloom produce brings diversity to the table, and put us in touch with traditional foods that have been nurtured by farmers for centuries. Eatwell Farm’s Nigel Walker and chef Bryant Terry explore the value of heirloom varieties. What is an heirloom tomato? Nigel Walker: Everybody asks me that. Heirloom seeds are brought from countries all ... READ MORE 

GMOs

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced into commercial farming in 1996, and their effects are still being studied. Food journalist Michael Pollan and food advocate Anna Lappé examine the GMO issue. What are GMO foods? Michael Pollan: GMO foods come from crops that have been genetically engineered. Basically, a gene is taken from one species ... READ MORE 

Food and Climate Change

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What’s the connection between food and global warming? Author Michael Pollan and sustainable food advocate Anna Lappé suggest ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our food. Why should people care about the relationship between food and climate change? Michael Pollan: The carbon footprint of our food choices is important. When we think about global ... READ MORE 
   
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