Policy and Organizing

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.

“Food Should Be Treated as a Right and Not a Privilege,” Says Mendelsohn

On Food Talk, chef, restaurateur, and advocate Spike Mendelsohn talks about the food issues that motivate him to expand beyond his restaurants and into policy and advocacy spheres.

2018 NYC Food Tank Summit: Fireside Chat with Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle sits down with Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg to talk food activism and how every eater can start local to help build a better food system by voting with their dollars.

Seeds of Resistance, Harvests of Hope: Farmers Halt a Land Grab in Mozambique

“If the associations are registered and the farmers have collective rights to some land, maybe the land grabbing can stop,” Zunguze told me. Association leaders planned to visit neighboring National Farmers Union cooperatives to learn how agro-ecology could help them grow more food for their families and communities.

Groundbreaking Report Analyzes Agricultural Policies Across 117 Countries

Over 45 years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) tracked indicators in 117 countries to understand which policies benefitted agriculture and development. Now, their groundbreaking report has found that successful agricultural transformation in a country depends on the quantity and quality of land available, existing demographic pressures, and implementation of a mix of appropriate policies.

In case you missed it: Watch the NYC Food Tank Summit on Food Loss and Food Waste

In case you missed it, you can watch the full NYC Summit on Food Loss and Food Waste on YouTube. Questions from the audience and engaging dialogue among speakers and panelists helped generate new ideas and spark action towards combating food loss and food waste from within communities, cities, and governments.

For Migrant Farm Workers, “There’s No End to the Organizing That Needs to Be Done”

On Food Talk, FLOC founder and President Baldemar Velasquez tells how migrant farm workers surmount harsh conditions as a union of families.

2018 Nutrition and Sustainability Forum

The International Forum on Food and Nutrition, an annual event from the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), is currently live streaming. Topics include the relationship between hunger and obesity, proper use of natural resources, reducing food waste, promoting sustainable diets, the environmental impact of agriculture, and the effects of climate change.

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.

Scotland Pushes for a Good Food Nation Bill

Struggling with obesity and food insecurity, Scotland may have a great opportunity to become a good food nation. The Scottish Food Coalition has been campaigning for a Good Food Nation Bill to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.