Op-Ed

Opinion | SNAP: A Cry for Economic Justice

Access to affordable nutritious food is a basic human right, not a privilege. However, for nearly 1 out of 8 Americans, hunger is a reality—as evidenced by the food insecurity rates which have remained at around 12 percent over the past three decades.

Re: Response to Fred Haberman on Making Organic Mainstream

“I was dismayed to read the article ‘Making Organic Mainstream.’ I am one of a group of old-time organic farmers who have been battling against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allowing hydroponic, aquaponic, etc. to be certified ‘organic.'”

Opinion | The Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Organic Agriculture

Instead of investing billions of dollars in a model that doesn’t nourish communities or the environment, policymakers must redirect funds to incentivize organic and conservation agriculture — a far more effective approach to improving food security, environmental sustainability and human health.

Opinion | We’re Wasting Food and It’s Hurting Our Climate

When it comes to fighting climate change, we often overlook a significant source of heat-trapping gas emissions: food.

Opinion | New Campaign Launches to Reform Unjust Business Practices of Foodservice Giants

The Community Coalition for Real Meals wants to reorient the food business model away from “Big Food” and toward “Real Food”—food that supports producers, equity, and the environment.

Opinion | When it Comes to Food Waste, Shoppers Aren’t the Only Ones to Blame

According to a new report, 9 out of 10 of the largest U.S. grocery companies still don’t track or publicly report food waste. Their first steps must include changes in promoting and stocking produce.

Opinion | Why Mexican Farmers Are Hopeful About López Obrador’s Win

López Obrador’s victory in Mexico brings hope for Mexican farmers expecting more self-sufficiency through a reduction in dependence on imports, chemical-intensive production methods, and GMOs. Promises of support for sustainable practices on small and medium-scale farms are on the horizon.

Opinion | Groups Urge Beef Roundtable to Send Sustainability Plan Back to Drawing Board

The beef industry’s poor grazing management, unethical treatment, and environmentally unfriendly practices will rule out credible plans for sustainable beef, unless industry leaders take serious action.

Opinion | Sticking With the Status Quo Could Mean Disaster for Farm Bill

Another status quo Farm Bill may jeopardize the future of the food system, failing to regulate pesticides, improve water quality, support organic farmers, and more.

Opinion | Snacks and the City: The Malnutrition Cocktail

Rapid urbanization in low-income countries has negative consequences on the food system, which affects the physical, economic, and environmental health of these areas. The ‘Malnutrition Cocktail’ describes the convergence of hunger and obesity within these urbanized populations.