Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy Leadership Stories

By providing a feminist history of the National School Lunch Program, Fellow Jennifer Gaddis recasts the humble school lunch as an important and often overlooked form of public care. Through vivid narration and moral heft, her new book, The Labor of Lunch, offers a stirring call to action and a blueprint for school lunch reforms capable of delivering a healthier, more equitable, caring, and sustainable future.Read more >
With Fellow Amanda Beal at the helm of Maine's agriculture department, the state is uniquely positioned to push forward into the role of regional breadbasket that she helped lay in the 2014 report "A New England Food Vision"—and set a national example for how to build a sustainable, healthy, and just regional food system.Read more >
How can social capital and social media benefit communities experiencing climate shocks or extreme events? Meredith Niles, an assistant professor and faculty with the University of Vermont Food Systems Program and Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, examines food systems sustainability and...Read more >
Dr. Nathan McClintock is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University . He is a geographer whose primary focus is on urban agriculture policy and practice, and how they articulate with political economy, race, class, and gender. He and his partners at Simon...Read more >
Fellow Sumit Kadakia and his wife have launched a New Haven-based start-up that is turning food production refuse into nutritious, tasty, and environmentally sustainable food.Read more >
Fellow Marissa McMahan is working with Maine locals and Venetian fishermen to turn the invasive green crab into a gourmet dish known in Italy as moleche.Read more >
You could say that Amanda Beal, who was just announced as the new president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust, came by her interest in farming policy naturally.Read more >
Like rainwater harvesters and solar panels, biodigesters generate power by reinvesting natural resources back into their own ecosystems. Because of their potential to reduce both waste and operating costs, it seems like every family farm should have one on hand. Fellow Alexander Eaton's company, Sistema Biobolsa, is working to create a base of users that leads to a tipping point.Read more >
Friends of the Earth is celebrating Women’s History Month by recognizing the contributions and careers of several women on Friends of the Earth’s staff. We discussed their inspirations, interests, the importance of women in the environmental movement and each shared advice for the next generation looking to be a part of the movement.Read more >
In this report, we explore the relationship between the business of agriculture and the business of environmental sustainability. Switzer Fellow Jeff Dlott's company, Sure Harvest, provides a full set of solutions for growers and agrifood companies pursuing sustainability strategies - farming...Read more >

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