New Leadership May Solve Old Problems in Our Food System: Interview with Vanessa Garcia Polanco

Vanessa Garcia Polanco grabbed a seat at the table—how other emerging leaders can claim one to make their visions of the food system into reality.

Vicki Wilde on Empowering Women through Agriculture

Vicki Wilde, senior program officer at the Gates Foundation, explains the importance of women’s role in the agriculture sector and the need to ensure that their voices are heard.

Mara Fleishman: “Moving the Needle on School Food”

Mara Fleishman, CEO of the Chef Ann Foundation, tells Food Tank about her inspiration, her work helping schools adopt cook-from-scratch programming, and her vision for the future of school food in America.

More Investment in Small-Scale Agriculture Needed

A new report by international network More and Better provides an overview of global investments in agriculture, stating that more investment in sustainable small-scale agriculture in needed.

Future-Focused Policies Target Desertification

This year’s Future Policy Award, a joint initiative between the World Future Council and U.N. Convention on Combating Desertification, is honoring the world’s best policy solutions combating desertification and land degradation.

“Thousands of young people ready to build new farms”

The number of American farmers is decreasing and their average age is increasing. This report examines obstacles young farmers face and suggests policies to ensure the future of American agriculture.

Food Policy Action’s 2017 Congressional Scorecard Shows Lack of Action

On November 1, 2017, Food Policy Action (FPA) released its annual National Food Policy Scorecard to help the public track actions taken by lawmakers in the United States (U.S.) Congress. Scores were down this year because neither the House nor the Senate spent much time on food issues this year.

New Toolkit to Empower Local Food Advocates

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future to update Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities, a toolkit that educates, inspires, and empowers local food advocates.

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Recognizes International Successes

More than 400 mayors, city officials, and experts convened in Valencia, Spain from October 19 to 21, 2017 for the Third Annual Gathering of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). Delegates from the 159 signatory cities engaged in debates, forums, and panels to exchange ideas and solutions to food-related issues relevant to urban environments.

Filmmaker William Reid Uses the “Absurdity” of His Dumpster Diving Diet

Dumpster diving success led filmmaker William Reid to live on food waste from supermarkets and restaurants for two years. Reid hopes the “absurdity” of his diet will lead to consumer, industry, and policy action.