Vicky Brown Varela
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Vicky Brown Varela is a Costa Rican-South Carolinian Research and Writing Fellow at Food Tank. She earned her B.A. in International Studies from American University, where she focused on environmental sustainability and peace, global security, and conflict resolution. Her academic and professional interests include the field of political ecology, food sovereignty movements, and environmental peacemaking and peacebuilding. Vicky has worked on organic farms in Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine, and has conducted research in Costa Rica. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Visual Anthropology. In her free time, you can find her cooking vegan foods, going for long runs outdoors, and watching international films.

Upcycled Certified™ Products Projected to Prevent Millions of Pounds of Annual Food Waste

The 141 products and ingredients that have recently become Upcycled Certified™ are projected to prevent more than 703 million pounds of food waste per year.

Research in Tunisia Explores Women Pastoralists’ Roles in Climate Change Adaptation

Women in Tunisia are increasingly involved in livestock activities. Facilitating their access to training and resources could save Tunisia’s degraded rangelands and contribute to climate change adaptation.

Report Reveals Need for Prioritizing Nutritious Food Donations

A recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) finds that no federal policies and few state policies affecting food bank donations currently prioritize nutrition.

South Carolina-Based Organization Creates Access to Healthy, Fresh Foods With Affordable Produce Boxes

In South Carolina, FoodShare SC aims to tackle food insecurity and increase produce consumption for communities who face limited access to affordable and fresh, nutritious foods.

The USDA’s New Rule Seeks Standardized Label for Bioengineered Foods

A new rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) now requires all food manufacturers and importers to disclose information about bioengineered (BE) food and BE food ingredients. Under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), foods marked as having…

Biden-Harris Administration Announces US$1 Billion Investment to Break Up Big Meat

The Biden-Harris Administration will invest US$1 billion in order to create a fairer, more competitive, and more resilient meat and poultry supply chain.

Lebanese Grassroots Food Security Initiative Fosters Agricultural Self-Sufficiency

Despite growing food insecurity in Lebanon, the grassroots initiative Ardi Ardak—”my land, your land”—aims to cultivate agricultural self-sufficiency and support market access, providing community-supported solutions during Lebanon’s current socio-economic crisis.

New Film Documents the Life of Artist and Farm-to-Table Pioneer Jim Denevan

“Man In The Field” follows the artist, chef, and farm-to-table pioneer as he travels the world, connecting with local farmers and food artisans through his elaborate, pop-up feasts.

Empowering Haitian Farmers Through Investment in Local Food Systems

Acceso Haiti, a social enterprise, empowers smallholder farming families through market access and investment in local food systems.

20 Children’s Books Celebrating Food and Inspiring Young Eaters

This season, Food Tank is highlighting 20 books that encourage young eaters to learn about where their food comes from and the culinary traditions that shape the world.