There's nothing quite contrary about Eagle Street Farm.
Author and food activist Anna Lappe shows her appreciation for the Lower East Side Girls Club with an acrostic.
Author Anna Lappe expresses her love for Just Food in 17 syllables.
How do you honor the two friends who made a movie showing the power of community to change the food system? A limerick, of course.
For one week, I'll be sending out poems to a few of New York City's greatest food heroes -- to the amazing projects, city efforts, local businesses, and community-based organizations devoted to transforming our food system.
Dow’s plant in Midland, Mich., is polluting the water with dioxin.Photo: erika dot netThis post originally appeared on Civil Eats. Earlier this year, I was contacted by a PR firm working for Dow Chemical to contribute a 60-second video for the Future We Create virtual conference on water sustainability the company launched yesterday. As a vocal advocate for strict regulation of toxic chemicals — especially for food and farming — I was surprised the company would approach me. Dow is the country’s largest chemical maker, and profits handsomely from developing some of the world’s most polluting products, many of which …
As marketers learn to fake climate-friendly food, how do we spot the real thing? It's a question of values.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf is heartbreaking, so is the “It wasn’t our fault” denial. A little walk down memory lane (and not too long of one) should give us good reason to be skeptical of oil giant, BP. In my new book, I talk about the power of skilled corporate greenwashing to inoculate against public outrage when something tragic, and preventable, like this BP “accident” occurs. I wrote: BP’s rebranding has been so effective that the company’s rep has been relatively untarnished despite incidents that should have bruised its reputation. One was an explosion at BP’s Texas …
Mia MacDonald. Photo: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Old MacDonald had a farm -- one resounding with oinks and moos and squawks. By today's standards, the old man's farm would count as a model of biodiversity. Researcher Mia MacDonald points out that across the planet, old ways of farming are giving way to the environmentally devastating factory farms we've pioneered in the West -- typically housing a single species of animal, confined by the thousands in conditions that would be alien to Old MacDonald's pigs and cows and chickens. For modern industrial-scale animal farms, the proper literary form is the scathing environmental report, not the children's ditty. At Brighter Green, an action think tank that helps advocacy groups take informed action through research and analysis, MacDonald is currently at work on a series of case studies on the spread of factory-style farming across the globe. She's cutting straight to the chase: China, the world's biggest nation, is the subject of the first case study. I caught up with Mia to discuss Brighter Green's new report, "Skillful Means: The Challenges of China's Encounter with Factory Farming" [PDF], which delves into China, meat, and the connection with our climate.