Farm Antibiotic Use: Getting Worse Before It (Maybe) Gets Better

If you have never engaged with it, the thorny topic of antibiotic use on farms—primarily for raising livestock, though there’s some use on fruit as well—can be daunting.

The multi-syllabic drug names all sound the same, the federal directives governing their use have opaque, uninformative titles, and the sides disputing the pro and con each have decades of arguments on their respective sides. Which can make it, you know, a little hard to catch up. (more…)

The History of Vanilla

By and large, Americans seem to like vanilla ice cream better than chocolate.

There’s a little waffling here: one source claims that actually it’s Democrats who prefer vanilla, while Republicans go for chocolate; and a Baskin-Robbins poll found that there’s a substantial contingent in the Southwest that shuns both in favor of mint chocolate chip.   (more…)

My Transcontinental Journey to Explore our Food System

By Sarah Smith, a Research Manager in the Food Futures Lab at Institute for the Future, an independent, non-profit strategic research group based in Palo Alto, California

For 10 days this summer chefs Christian Ortiz, 29,  and Simone Carvalho, 24, toiled away in the 30-square-foot kitchen of a renovated 1956 Pullman train car.

They were working to feed 35 ravenous young innovators on board the Millennial Trains Project, a series of crowd-funded transcontinental journeys on which young innovators explore our generation’s urgent challenges. (more…)

Food Security Is National Security

As we celebrate World Food Day and 2014 as the Year of Family Farming, we want to celebrate the millions of Americans involved in getting food from our farms to our tables and to the millions and billions of others around the world tilling the soil, tending the nets, striving not just to survive but to thrive.

Family farming is not unique to small farms in less-developed countries; family-run businesses dominate U.S. agricultural production, accounting for almost 98 percent of U.S. farms. (more…)

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