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Roads & Kingdoms

Alec Jacobson

7 December 2016

San Juan Del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico

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The production of mezcal keeps increasing, drawing the attention of big liquor brands who want to invest in the mezcal market. Entrepreneurs in Mexico, are teaming up with rural farmers, their collaboration could pote...

Ensia

Kristin Ohlson

5 December 2016

Kansas, United States

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Regenerative farming practices such as cover crops can be environmentally friendly and financially profitable. But federal crop insurance rules and certain characteristics of the agriculture industry have prevented fa...

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Sophie Mbugua

23 November 2016

Makueni, Kenya

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When unexpected weather patterns began affecting crops in Kenya, the Government of the Makueni region provided a group of local leaders with weather information, through text messages, to distribute to the community t...

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Sean Illing

11 October 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Bruce Friedrich, the Executive Director of The Good Food Institute in Washington, DC, thinks that we're wasting resources raising animals for food products. He thinks the answer is creating a product that doesn't repl...

High Country News

Leah Todd

5 September 2016

Center, Colorado, United States

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Two brothers in rural Colorado use cover crops - crops grown to decompose into the soil in order to improve water retention - to cut back on excess water and synthetic fertilizer use on their potato farm. Despite high...

Mongabay

Erik Hoffner

28 July 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

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Deforestation, overgrazing, and increased carbon emissions are familiar challenges as climate change continues to threaten our food systems. Author Eric Toensmeier discusses how "carbon farming" - or practices such a...

Quartz

Lily Kuo

22 June 2016

Ghana

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Recycled kitchen waste and charcoal ash makes for healthy soil healthy that is more resilient to climate change. For centuries, women in Ghana and Liberia have used this technique on their farmlands, which are renowne...

Los Angeles Magazine

Patric Kuh

15 June 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles-based nonprofit Food Forward was born out of the observation that many farmers are growing more fruit than they can sell at market. To cut down on food waste and get these viable fruits into the hands of p...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

31 May 2016

Morris, Minnesota, United States

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center are looking for ways to make producing dairy milk less energy intensive - something consumers are increasingly demanding. They hav...

Richland Source

Dillon Carr

16 May 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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As farmers continue to experience floods—and lack control over the dredging of the rivers running through their farms—a few have looked to homegrown solutions, and others to amending policy to create "subdistricts."

Bright Magazine

Colleen Kimmett

20 April 2016

Brazil

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By requiring schools to buy 30 percent of products from smallholder farms, Brazil provides fresher food to students and economic benefits to otherwise struggling farmers. Since 1955, Brazil's staple national school lu...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

17 March 2016

Kenya

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How might African farmers enhance their productivity and increase their resilience to climate change without compromising the health of their land? How might American companies play a role without short-term gains sta...

The Guardian

Bijal Vachharajani

18 February 2016

Odisha, India

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Over the last two years, six seedbanks have been established in five villages in Odisha, India, with 72 men and women conserving 50 varieties of fibre and food crops seeds. This is a much needed shot in the arm for th...

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

1 February 2016

New York, United States

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While many countries are committed to working towards goal set forth by the Paris Climate Agreement, not many individual states in the United States have taken noticeable action. New York is an outlier in this scenari...

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Emily Richmond

20 October 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Students in public schools are eating healthier cafeteria meals made from an increasing array of locally sourced food, according to new federal data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The New York Times

Mark Bittman

30 September 2015

Berkeley, California, United States

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Immigrants from Laos farming in California are using traditional knowledge and small-scale farming to make farming economically viable. While Hmong farmers face cultural challenges, they are looking to sustain and exp...

Ensia

Susan Moran

21 September 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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In California some farms lose up to 10 percent of their crop due to coddling moths. Davis University is measuring the impact bats have on various walnut farms, such as potential savings from reduced insecticide use an...

SciDev.Net

Karen Coates

Jerry Redfern

12 September 2015

Timor-Leste

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A Ministry of Agriculture project called "Seeds of Life" grants local farmers genetically-solidified seeds in order to fight food insecurity in the country. The farmers will produce the crops and sell them back to bot...

The New York Times

Mark Bittman

8 September 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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It’s no secret that, although progress has been made, school lunches need help to become more nutritious and sustainable. School officials in San Francisco are partnering with researchers from UC Berkeley's School of ...

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Amy Elliott Bragg

4 September 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Urban farms across the country are incorporating creative strategies to make farms sustainable. Farms in Cleveland are teaching refugees to engage in agriculture as a way to adapt to their new community, while one far...

Yes! Magazine

Leah Penniman

10 August 2015

Oaxaca, Mexico

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverenc...

The Huffington Post

Joseph Erbentraut

3 August 2015

Kenya

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Limited fertile land and scarce water make traditional farming difficult in Kenya, so several organizations have begun teaching women how to farm out of sacks. The practice is spreading throughout Kenya and to other A...

Ensia

Maywa Montenegro

17 June 2015

Berkeley, California, United States

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What we sometimes call the “agri-food system” is clearly broken — just ask farmworkers and food workers (exploited and underpaid), honeybees (collapsing), forested landscapes (fragmenting), the climate (warming), and ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 June 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The lack of access to healthy food has always been a problem for the financially unstable. Food stamps can now be used to buy fresh produce at farmers markets, but greater success could be achieved by getting grocery ...

Ensia

Shreya Dasgupta

9 February 2015

Sundarbans, India

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt-ridden earth. Although some first met this...

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