Business

How a Small USDA Program Helps Small Farms and Local Food Economies

A USDA study found businesses that received VAPG grants were significantly more likely to succeed compared to similar businesses that did not, and created more jobs. As U.S. farmers face unique economic challenges, the VAPG program may be discontinued.

“Know That We’re Interconnected” In Fighting Farmer Poverty, Says Theyer

On “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg,” Executive Director of Fairtrade America Hans Theyer talks about what it takes to support the faces behind the world’s food.

Large Companies Are “More Open Than I’ve Ever Seen Before” to Food System Change

On Food Talk, Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative Margaret Zeigler talks about the private sector’s energy to address sustainability and food productivity.

We Need a New Economy: An Economy in Service to Life, Says Lovins

On Food Talk, Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions describes the new story she wants to write for the economy: prioritizing wellbeing, sustainability, and profits all together.

Transparency is Key for Food System Leadership, Says Whitmore

On Food Talk, Justin Whitmore of Tyson Foods talks about the company’s ambitious goals for a sustainable, making a better food system for both people and the planet.

Could Changing the Way Chicken Is Sold Reduce Malnutrition in Kenya?

“These guys are feeding the poor but their financing is very poor,” says Bonnie McClafferty, GAIN’s food value chain director. “They are pretty much falling through the cracks because they’re too small for all of the big lending and they’re too big for microfinance.”

Have Your Food and Eat the Wrapper Too

18 organizations find innovative ways to replace plastic wrappers with edible packaging.

Can (and Should) Pasture-Raised Eggs Scale Up?

Vital Farms offers ethical and environmentally-conscious eggs to consumers at over 10,000 retail locations across the country. They support a growing number of small and medium-sized farms who follow high standards of care for the animals and the environment.

Tracking Food Waste With LeanPath CEO Andrew Shakman

Food Tank interviews LeanPath’s CEO Andrew Shakman about the status of food waste in our world today and his company’s efforts to encourage food waste prevention.

From Cocoa Tree to Supermarket Shelf: Ghana’s Sweet Revolution

Ghana supplies up to a quarter of the world’s cocoa, but why do European countries produce all the premium chocolate? Meet the Ghanaian chocolate makers molding their own futures, one chocolate bar at a time.