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.

Less and Better Meat is Key for a Healthier Planet

Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate? That’s the question examined in a major report released this week by the University of Oxford’s Food Climate Research Network (FCRN). While “Grazed and Confused” intended to reduce confusion about the climate merits of pasture-based meat, the report’s narrow focus on the net climate impacts of grass-fed meat has instead muddied the waters.

How A Soap Company is Helping Fix the Broken Food System

The skin-care company Dr. Bronner’s is now investing a surprising amount of time and capital in projects that affect how people eat—from GMO labeling to promoting regenerative agriculture—putting themselves at the forefront of efforts to build a more sustainable food system.

Teaching Agroecology in the Himalayan Foothills

Navandya encourages a mix of ancestral and modern farming techniques through the practice of agroecology. The teaching is based on simple science and economics—farmers don’t need to bury themselves in debt to tend their crops. Healthy soils and climate-adapted, local seeds can generate adequate yields and well-fed children. Navdanya’s method isn’t anti-modern, but it is based on ancestral wisdom.

Five Indigenous Farming Practices Enhancing Food Security

On the 2017 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Declaration, formally adopted in 2007, is an international human rights instrument that sets a standard for the protection of indigenous rights. UNDRIP addresses the most significant issues affecting indigenous peoples regarding their civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights.