Hunger & Food Security
"Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?"
How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow?
The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters movie takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.
For a Fairer Farm Bill
In case you haven’t heard, things are heating up on Capitol Hill around the Farm Bill, the federal policy that shapes food, farm, and nutrition policy. Now’s our time to flex our collective muscle and speak up for a fair farm bill. Will you join us?
Food Hero: FEEST
FEEST is the Food Education Empowerment and Sustainability Team! Based in Seattle, FEEST creates on-the-spot youth-driven cooking – of ideas and ingredients! – in the kitchen. Decisions are made communally about what will be prepared to create the day’s menu and serve up a delicious, healthy meal followed by a family-style feast – all while learning more about food and its […]
Food Hero: Kristin Carbone
Our Food Hero of the Chesapeake Bay is Kristin Carbone, the farmer of Radix Farm. After an initial career of community organizing and affordable housing advocacy, a stint with green building construction, a few seasons tending and establishing urban gardens, and four years helping to run a 300 member CSA farm, in 2009, Kristin started Radix […]
Food Hero: The Nelson Family
The Nelson Family in Minnesota used to raise their cattle conventionally, until illness and financial difficulties made the alternative path obvious. They switched to organic and selling milk though Organic Valley, a cooperative of farmers. Now they run a thriving family farm business. See them reflect on their transition and where it’s led them.
Q & A
Ever heard - or been asked - any of these questions: How is the playing field tilted to favor industrial agriculture? Why does concentration of control in the food system matter? What’s the pesticide treadmill? What's a "CAFO"? Aren’t there some crops you simply can’t grow with organic methods? How do you define “sustainable farming”?
For an in-depth look at the questions raised by this myth — download the Companion Reading Guide for this film, including answers to these questions and more. In this guide, Anna Lappé builds on the issues raised in the first MythBusting film and walks through some of the most critical questions related to the myth that we need industrial agriculture to feed the world.
Reports and Resources
American Wasteland chronicles how we waste food from farm to fork and examines the impact of our squandering. With an upbeat tone, the book offers suggestions on how we—as a nation and as individuals—can trim our waste. A word of warning: It’s a book that forces you to reconsider your approach to food. Because once you’re looking for food waste, it’s hard to miss.
Tackling the Food Waste Crisis
From the Blog
Anna Lappé Is Ready to Bust the Food Industry’s Biggest Myths
In her work as a critic of the food and agriculture industries, Anna Lappé is carrying on a family business. Tom Philpott of Mother Jones interviews Anna on her latest project, following the launch of her second movie in the Food MythBusters series.
Wake Up and Smell the Soil! A Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future
A doorstop of a report arrived in inboxes this morning. Not so subtly called: “Wake up Before It Is Too Late,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development new report is a rallying cry for action to move toward greater sustainability in food and farming—to ensure food security in a changing climate.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers Honored With 4 Freedoms Medal
Congratulations are in order for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, honored with the Roosevelt Institute's prestigious Freedom from Want Medal this week in recognition for their relentless organizing over two decades of farmworkers' struggle for human and economic rights and the unprecedented advances of the Fair Food Program.