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How Your Kid's Lunch Can Help Fight Climate Change

What if we could improve our kids' school lunches and reduce our impact on the climate at the same time? A new study by Friends of the Earth explains the connections - and what school districts can do about it.

New Animal Welfare Organic Rules Move Forward

Things may be looking up for all animals raised on organic farms in the US because a set of rules called the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) have been finalized. The OLPP enacts comprehensive animal welfare standards covering living conditions, healthcare, slaughter and transport.

Helping Farmers and Animals: New Guide to Farm Animal Welfare Certification

The ASPCA and the Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems worked together to create a unique new tool for farmers seeking to understand the three most meaningful animal welfare certification programs: Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane® and Global Animal Partnership.

Corn: A New Crop of Risks for Food Companies

The reliance on corn for animal feed has introduced substantial new risks for food companies that rely on industrially produced animal products. A new study looks at how this reliance on corn relates to financial performance and risk management in the food industry - and what both consumers and companies can do about it.

What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture

History has proven many times that carrying large amounts of debt in a fluctuating market creates a dangerous situation. But the production contract model used that is spreading globally in chicken and livestock farming is a sign that agriculture itself is changing, shifting farmers into an increasingly debt-dependent scenario.

Why Big Chicken Companies Own and Control Everything Except the Farm

Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. These chicken farmers are the last independent link in an otherwise completely vertically integrated, company-owned supply chain. The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), among other groups, seeks to change that.

Passover: Liberate Yourself from Industrial Food

This Passover, we can liberate ourselves from a food system that's often unhealthy for us and the environment by supporting farmers that grow food more sustainably. Use these suggestions for your seder - and throughout the year!

Climate Change and Vulnerability

Climate change impacts more than just the Earth's temperature. It makes extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms more frequent. Water and land access become more difficult - and as a result, the globe's agriculture systems and food security is threatened as the worldwide population continues to grow.

Our Heroes: Stacey Murphy at BK Farmyards

Spreading urban farming and food systems know-how to strengthen local communities is Stacey Murphy's expertise. The founder of BK Farmyards, Stacey has been helping others learn and start farms in New York since 2009, and she's got a big plans ahead. Read about BK Farmyards' work and vision in our interview with Stacey here.

Our Heroes: Karen Washington, Urban Farming Leader

"We must hold true that healthy food is a right for all and not a privilege for some." Meet Karen Washington, an urban farmer from the Bronx, NY. A leader in the urban farming movement, Karen has spent thirty years strengthening New York City's local food system in low-income communities and bolstering black leadership in farming.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Dana Cowin

"If we can redefine what we believe is desirable in food we can reduce waste and, at the same time, embrace and eat delicious, nutritious food." Food & Wine magazine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin will bring "ugly" produce front and center at TEDxManhattan 2015, happening this Saturday.

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