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Management of food systems and their underlying resources. These stories center on ways of maintaining productive, healthy, and sustainable systems of agriculture, fishing, and forestry. Included also are efforts to establish food security, community food systems, and responsible irrigation.

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A new way to preserve West Virginia’s beauty

Washington Post

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Family farms are facing challenges nationwide amidst a backdrop of land development. A community in West Virginia took a stand by piloting a new way or rural co-habitation in the form of a farm community protected via a farmland protection program that allows very limited development.

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Colby for a Cause

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philabundance, a nonprofit organization aimed at fighting food insecurity, has a sustainable and creative solution. They launched a line of cheeses, known as Abundantly Good, and proceeds will help pay farmers to turn extra milk into cheese for people grappling with hunger. The process will engag...

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Has the Netherlands figured out how to mainstream seaweed?

Ensia

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Seaweed is a sustainable and nutritious food source, which could be a solution to feeding a growing global population—the tricks getting people to eat it. Several Dutch companies are serving up seaweed in familiar formats like burgers, pasta, and falafel to make it an easier sell. They're also pi...

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In Rwanda, agricultural reforms boost food security and slash poverty

The Christian Science Monitor

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Through a myriad of policies that help small farmers gain resources and training, as well as inheritance laws that empower women to inherit land they previously couldn't own, Rwanda is increasing food security and decreasing poverty. Although there has been success, critics say that it has come w...

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US-China may be in a trade war, but Pakistan is looking at solutions

The Express Tribune

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Product-based free trade agreements allow countries to exchange specific goods without tariffs and taxes. The approach is growing. Pakistan and Kenya are negotiating an agreement to exchange tea and rice. Iran, Russia, and India have also adopted the model.

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L.A. Offers a Tax Break for Urban Farming—But No One's Taking It

CityLab

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In 2014, the California legislature passed legislation to create the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ), offering tax breaks to landowners to turn their vacant lots into community farms. However, the legislation has failed to create any kind of community impact: only 4 lots have received th...

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