Ozone is thought of as a “good” gas when present in the stratosphere, where it forms the ozone layer that protects life from detrimental ultraviolet radiation. But when it’s present in the lowest atmospheric layer, there’s substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most toxic air pollutants to plants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide.
This month, we’re teaming up with Jordan Figueiredo, anti-food-waste activist and founder of endfoodwaste.org, to spread the love for food rescue organizations and volunteers that are reducing food waste and hunger in communities around the country. Join in the #LoveFoodRescue movement by using our Food Rescue Locator to find organizations in your area to support.
Growing up working for his family’s 90-year-old moving business, Adam Lowy saw lots of things get thrown out in the stress of moving day. Often, food would be part of the purge. Hating to see it go to waste, Lowy started asking customers a few years ago if they’d like to donate the food. It turned out, they did; in one month, Lowy had collected over 300 pounds of nonperishable food. Find out what happened when he took it to a New Jersey food bank.
Food hubs are a crucial, but often invisible, part of the local food system. They help small farms grow by offering a combination of production, distribution, and marketing services. There are now 236 food hubs in the U.S., with more popping up all the time.
One of the critical hurdles that farmers in urban areas face is access to affordable land for growing food. The concept of a multi-locational or decentralized farm is an elegant solution to growing food in diverse urban and suburban settings. It seems that more and more farms are using the multi-locational model. We found quite a few successful operations in Canada in particular.
For people who work late hours and have families to manage or long commutes, finding the time to shop at farmer’s markets or pick up a CSA box is often not feasible. So a lot of people who otherwise would love to have easy access to local fresh food get left out of the equation. A growing number of organizations are trying to bridge this gap by bringing CSAs directly to workplaces, which is a boon to all involved: workers, employers, and local farmers.
Gleaning is the practice of gathering food that is left behind after harvest, usually to feed those in need. Modern-day permutations of this ancient practice are bringing food to the hungry and reducing food waste in America.
The toxic mold aspergillus has contaminated some 50% of the 2012 corn harvest. That is not good news for a year that already saw decreased crop harvest as a result of ongoing drought.
The recently released report from Chatham House takes a hard look at the challenges that lie ahead in the future as the world’s most crucial resources come under the increased strain of over-consumption.