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Food and Farming

How we grow, process, transport, market, prepare, and dispose of food is critical to many of the central issues of sustainable living. Over the last decades, factory farming has displaced many small family farms and created several environmental and health issues. Reviving smaller-scale farms, a process that schools might help though their purchasing, could encourage agricultural practices that are more sustainable in terms of the environment, health, and the local economy.

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Downloadable tools for demonstrating the academic, health, and financial benefits of high-quality, appealing school meals.

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Gary Paul Nabhan - Long Before the First Thanksgiving
Gary Paul Nabhan

Arizona Pima Indian elders teach children to prepare traditional foods while sharing stories, songs, history, and culture.

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Janet Brown - Mediations on an Apple
Janet Brown

As you raise the apple to your lips, savor the millions of agreements and simple actions, arrayed across time and space, connecting you to each other and to the land.

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Type Title Description Author
Essay School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change

Decisions about school food are about balancing the interests of corporations and those of advocates for children's health.

Marion Nestle
Essay Feeding Our Future

By feeding young people well, we are feeding and nourishing our own future.

Michael Ableman
Essay Three Sisters: An Ancient Garden Trio

The "Three Sisters" — corn, beans, and squash — provide a meaningful context for school garden education.

Sara Marcellino
Essay The Meaning of Food

Traditional Hawaiian farmers address problems of diet-related diseases by reconnecting food, farming, education, and health.

Claire Hope Cummings
Essay You Are What You Grow: Will This Year's Farm Bill Make Us Fatter and Sicker?

The Farm Bill significantly affects food, farming, land use, school meals, biodiversity, family farms, and farm workers in the U.S.

Michael Pollan
Essay Wild and Slow: Nourished by Tradition

Degenerative diseases like diabetes can be reduced by shifting from refined carbohydrate diets to traditional wild foods.

John C. Mohawk
Essay Taste

Taste is social, cultural, and mysterious; detects toxins; can save the Earth; and is preserved by local organic farmers.

Paul Hawken
Essay The Many Wonders of Plants

To learn to eat well, children need to be reconnected with nature and with living food.

Joan Dye Gussow
Essay Message in a Bottle

Studies have indicated that the use of bovine growth hormone affects the health of the cows and possibly of humans.

Vivien Straus
Essay Uncertain Peril

Is industrial agriculture, with its focus on chemical and genetic technologies, the best choice for ensuring a healthy future?

Claire Hope Cummings
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