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Chicago’s FarmedHere Grows Local

FarmedHere turns a 90,000-square-foot abandoned Chicago warehouse into a food-producing powerhouse.

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“The Dust Bowl”

"Dust Bowl 1930 to 1940" by Matthew S Kennedy

Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns’ film “The Dust Bowl” offers lessons on the perils of pushing nature too hard, and what can happen when nature pushes back.

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Wholesome Wave

"You got it" by I eat stars

Wholesome Wave is a non-profit with a mission to “improve access and affordability of fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce to historically underserved communities.” Its founders believe that “doing so creates economic viability through local food commerce that can rebuild our nation’s food system.”

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Corn Belt farmland prices soar

Knee High by Tim Lindenbaum

Prices for farmland across the U.S. corn belt continue to rise, attracting a new breed of investor seeking record profits.

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The Farm Bill has expired…

Red by Robb North

The Farm Bill contains legislation relating to everything from farm subsidies, to micro-lending programs and organic growing research. Learn more about how the expiration of the 2012 Farm Bill is affecting Americans.

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Chefs Who Farm

Some of the top chefs around the country are taking the concept of ‘farm to table’ and the local food movement to a new level by purchasing and running their own farms.

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The benefits of eating real food…

"Vegetables" by Mikhail Esteves

“The China Study” purports simple, straightforward advice for healthy eating – eat more plants and less animal protein. Turns out these words of wisdom are also beneficial for the environment and for reducing our energy and water use within the national food systems.

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Weeding robots

Blue River Technology has created a weeding robot that could help to keep millions of pounds of herbicides out of the environment and out of our food.

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Most compost systems can’t take meat and dairy. Bokashi can take it all! And with an airtight bin, it’s perfect for apartments or indoor composting. No smell and no pests…

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What are feed additives?

Have you ever wondered what the food you eat has been eating during its lifetime? It’s probably more complicated than you could imagine. Feed additives are huge multi-billion dollar business. From antibiotics to basic vitamins, learn more about the wild world of livestock feed.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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