Why Healthy Humans and Ecosystems Need Healthy Soil

The project Agricultural Production in Recovered Areas After Coal Mining in Brazil assesses whether land that has been degraded by coal mining in southern Brazil is suitable for the production of safe and nutritious food. Their ongoing research at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, uses plant microorganisms and soil microbes to monitor and aid the recovery of degraded lands.

Where the Natural Products Industry Goes, So Goes the Mainstream

Lara Dickinson is the Co-Founding Director of One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community (OSC2) and Cofounder of the Climate Collaborative. She applies over 20 years of consumer packaged goods marketing, sales, and management experience to helping healthy product innovations grow in natural and mass markets.

Biodiversity for Resilience Against Natural Disasters

Climate change is increasingly putting pressure on farmers and the global food systems. Groups are highlighting the importance of resilience—an ecosystem’s capacity to resist or recover from stress, shocks, and disturbances—for the security and productivity of the world’s food and farming systems in the face of climate change.

Framework Agreement on Climate Change Reached at COP23 Climate Negotiations

For the first time in the 25-year history of international climate negotiations, the 197 member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have reached an agreement on agriculture. The milestone came near the close of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the UNFCCC and formally establishes a process called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.

Filmmaker Diana Rodgers and the Better Meat Movement

Diana Rodgers believes in the nutritional and environmental benefits of well-managed, grass-fed cattle. In her new film Kale vs. Cow: The Case for Better Meat, she questions whether a healthy, sustainable, and conscientious food system can exist without animals.

Local Food Video Series: Diverse Approaches to Common Challenges

In the summer of 2017, I set out on a road trip filming a documentary series on North American local food initiatives. During this journey, I had the privilege of meeting dozens of farmers who shared an inspiring and diverse vision for the future of North American food. Beginning in November 2017, each of their stories will be presented as a component of a 10-part series entitled The Food Less Traveled.