TAG: food system

How to Create a Self-Sustainable Food System

Dr. Mercola Waking Times Industrial chemical-based agriculture, which produces the vast majority of US food crops, is actually destroying the soil that makes the growing of food possible in the first place. This is not true in other countries. Worldwide, 70 percent of the food is grown in backyards or small farms. That number is

10 Young People Who Are Changing the Food System for the Better

Margot Tuchler, Food Tank Waking Times Innovations in agriculture don’t just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects are the creations of youth and young people around the world. Food Tank is excited to highlight ten young foodies who make us more hopeful about the future. 1-2. Nikhil

Chickens from US to be Shipped to China for Processing… Then Back to US for Consumption

John Deike, EcoWatch Waking Times Scores of Americans are in an uproar since Food Safety News revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon allow U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption. Bureau of Labor Statistics data estimates that American poultry processors are paid roughly $11

Time for Action on Marketing to Kids

Anna Lappe, Small Planet Institute Waking Times On September 18th, the First Lady brought together 100 parent leaders, government agency representatives, researchers, and food and media industry executives–from McDonalds to PepsiCo to Coca-Cola–in the first ever White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children. It was a big deal. Since President Reagan stripped the power

Just-In-Time Food

4 Ways To Decrease Dependence On The Just-In-Time Food System

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times Most Americans don’t realize that they are completely dependent on the ‘just-in-time’ food system that brings food from factories, industry farms, shipyards and the like, through a series of warehouses and distribution centers, to the local supermarket and grocery stores. If you’ve ever experienced extreme weather, long power outages or

Top 10 Reasons to Bring your Kids to the Farmers Market

Rick D., Eat Local Grown Waking Times The Farmers Market is a great place to bring your kids for so many reasons! The Farmers Market allows you to provide your family with wholesome, healthy food while supporting your local community at the same time. Here’s the reality- Family farmers need your support! Now that large

A Brief Introduction to Aquaponic Gardening

Jonathan Parker, Guest Waking Times Aquaponics is an amazing permaculture method that may have been practiced as far back in history as the Aztec civilization. There are records of the Aztec people raising fish alongside of crops that were alien to the growing environment, using the nitrite and ammonia rich water as a fertilizer base

Judge Orders Pink Slime Silence to Protect Company

Heather Callaghan, Guest Writer Waking Times Iowa State University has conducted food safety research of the beef product deemed “Pink Slime” by the mass public. Lean-finely-texturized-beef (LFTB) is a meat filler made from ammoniated boneless lean beef scraps, connective tissue or similar products, which are considered unfit for human consumption until ammonium hydroxide has been

Edible City: The Movie

Waking Times How do people disengage in the destruction taking place on planet earth and engage in something that helps to heal the earth and sets us free from the corporate systems that do us more harm than good? Edible City is a documentary film that addresses this timely question and demonstrates how local food

The New Slavery: Pigs are Tigers and Farmers are Felons

Caleb Hart, Contributing Writer Waking Times  In “A Critical Mass for Real Food,” Anim Steel began with “The old logic of the slave plantation is still the logic of our industrial food system, 500 years in the making.” The idea that a slave mentality is still woven into production of food showed up as well

What Did The Chicken On Your Plate Eat?

Anne Gordon, RN Waking Times Would you eat chicken that ate arsenic and banned antibiotics? You probably already have. When eating that delicious nugget, or scrumptious chicken salad…. do you ever wonder how the tender, juicy, and appealing shades of pink get to your dinner plate? Welcome factory farming. The human consumption of poultry products

Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop ‘Pink Slime’ Meat

These recent actions prove that when the public is informed about what they’re consuming they will demand healthier products. It should be noted that once this story broke into the mainstream, it took less than one month for the public outcry to reach enough critical mass to affect change. And it proved that even large conglomerates will quickly change their policies when enough people demand it.