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New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Back on Meat to Help the Environment

Beef for sale at meat counter

Dietitians are urging Americans to eat less meat for the health of our bodies and the environment. Photo: Phil Denton via Flickr.

Last week brought big food news affecting everything on our dining room table, from eggs and coffee at breakfast to steaks at dinner. It came in the form of the latest recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for amounts of various foods that Americans should eat. Read Executive Director Jeremy Kranowitz’s reaction to the news.

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Why We’re Investing in Sustainable Ranching

Cold Creek Ranch

Conservation Capital Fund has a pilot project ongoing at Cold Creek Ranch to purchase land and install new ranchers.

If you’ve been keeping up with Sustainable America, you know that we believe in the power of entrepreneurs and markets to effect positive change, and that we make early-stage investments to help spur the development of sustainable food and fuel businesses. Local and sustainable agriculture is one of our focus areas, and we’ve made a small investment in the Conservation Capital Fund that we’re excited about.

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Good Growth: Farmers Markets Still on the Rise

National Farmers Market Week

It's National Farmers Market Week! Photo: Phil Roeder via Flickr

If it seems like farmers markets have sprouted from every vacant parking lot in the last few years, you’re not imagining things. According to the latest data from the USDA, the number of farmers markets in the United States has grown by 76 percent since 2008. In honor of National Farmers Market Week, here’s a look at the future of farmers markets.

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5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Start Growing Food

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Has the food gardening bug hit you? If you’re not sowing seeds and tending tomatoes yet, your neighbors probably are. One in three American households is now growing food, a 17% increase from five years ago! If you want to join them but weren’t blessed with green thumbs, we’ve rounded up five ways to ease into gardening.

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Rethinking Algae: Beyond Biofuels

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When we hear “algae,” most of us think “biofuels,” but Brad Bartilson, founder and CEO of Photon8, has a much broader vision of the future for this tiny organism – namely increasing the resiliency and sustainability of our food system.

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Growing a Generation of More Informed Eaters, Through Gardening

My kids harvesting in the garden

As a high school health and PE teacher for the past 16 years, Stephanie Peckham has heard a lot of interesting stories and questions from her students. Questions run the gamut, with curious and not-yet-worldly students seeking answers about alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, to awkward birds and bees questions. But with the surge in childhood obesity and diabetes, Stephanie has found herself in the figurative epicenter of a battle to educate this generation of young Americans about the critical importance of eating healthy.

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Desperately Seeking (Black-Eyed) Susan

Gardeners plant a garden on land they found through Shared Earth

Gardeners plant a garden on land they found through Shared Earth.

Did you know there are 10 million acres of front and back yards in America—enough to produce 43.5 million tons of food—but only 35 percent of U.S. households grew food in 2012? Growing where you are gives people the power to eat healthier and revitalize their communities, but many gardeners lack the land they need, and those with the land don’t always know what to do with it.

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4 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday

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Today is the second-annual #GivingTuesday, and we love the idea—it’s a great reminder to consider the causes whose work you want to support. Sustainable America, hopefully, is one of them. We have come up with a list of ways you can help support our mission to reduce U.S. oil consumption while increasing U.S. food production on #GivingTuesday.

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New Meaning for “Airplane Food”

Farmers market at JetBlue Terminal at JFK airport

A pop-up farmers market at the JetBlue terminal at New York's JFK airport. Photo: JetBlue

While rushing to board your next flight, you might not expect farmers’ markets and urban farms among the airport’s fast food joints, mani-pedi stations, and newsstands. At four U.S. airports, however, travelers are encountering exactly that. Check out how the local food movement has arrived at airline terminals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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Earthships: Extreme Sustainability

Earthships are structures made from old tires and bottles, produce all the energy they need to operate, recycle water for multiple uses and grow food on site. What could be more sustainable than that?

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By the Numbers

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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