Op-Ed

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.

Opinion | From Child Labor to the Future of Food: The Voices of Young People Change Agriculture for the Better

Young people are changing the face of agriculture; their voices may be the key to protect the 108 million children trapped in forced agricultural labor, says Anita Sheth.

Opinion | Why Fast Fashion Needs to Slow Down

Have you ever thought about what your clothes are made of? Who makes them, or what happens when you throw them away? The truth about the fashion industry is ugly, but you can be part of the change.

Opinion | On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Consider the Beauty of the Potato

Today is the United Nation’s International Day for Biological Diversity, a day to highlight the importance of the shared global heritage of food crops, the people who grow them, and working together to keep agriculture alive for the generations to come.

Opinion | The 2018 Farm Bill Battle Lines Have Been Drawn: Here’s What You Can Do

Every four years, a new Farm Bill must be passed by the U.S. Congress. This massive piece of legislation covers many different aspects of food and agriculture in the United States—from nutritional assistance for low-income communities to subsidies for farmers to conservation of natural resources.

Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition YES! Finalist Chris Maughan on Agroecology Innovations for Social Justice and Sustainability

BCFN Alumni Chris Maughan describes the rise of the agroecology movement, the biggest obstacles to agroecological development, and how the SHIFFT project is working to support agroecological innovations across Europe.

Op-Ed: The Future of Food

The food system cannot sustain prolonged impacts from climate change and unchecked population growth. Professor Sayed Azam-Ali shares his insights about creating a sustainable future for food through the generation of a long-lasting, nutritional food source.