Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability Project is based on a simple premise: people can't be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don't even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability. For the past three years Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton have crisscrossed the USA to learn this new language of sustainability from over one hundred of its foremost practitioners in food and farming -- from Alice Waters, to Wes Jackson, Joel Salatin, Vandana Shiva, and Will Allen. These insights have been translated into large format "information art" photo collages and a series of short films. Study guides, a book, a traveling show, installations, and lastly a website where people can dig deeper into these terms (and even add to our ever-evolving lexicon) are also under development.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Fishing after Katrina

The latest installment of the Lexicon series brings us up close and personal with a third-generation Gulf Coast crab fisherman.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Fallen fruit

Yes, foraging is hip, but -- according to the latest installment of the Lexicon -- it's also very practical.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Veggie libel law

In this week's installment of the Lexicon series, we hear from Food, Inc. director Robert Kenner about the lack of transparency in the food system.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Salmon-safe

Any discussion about the sustainability of salmon is no longer limited to how many of the fish are pulled from the sea. The latest photo in the series features a farmer who has made his stream safe for spawning.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Cage free vs. pasture raised

What do you really know about the eggs you're buying? Are they "cage free" or do they come from birds raised on pasture? The latest installment in the Lexicon series focuses on this complex protein source.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Mobile slaughterhouse

As the meat industry has grown more consolidated over the years, most small farms have had to truck their animals hundreds of miles to have them processed. Mobile slaughter trucks are a creative solution to this challenge.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Food sovereignty

After Hurricane Katrina, the only fresh produce within 50 miles of New Orleans came from a tiny Vietnamese refugee community in East New Orleans.

Lexicon of Sustainability: Biodiversity vs. monoculture

Grist is beginning a Lexicon of Sustainability weekly series. Check out these artistically altered images from around the sustainable food world.