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Poor Diets Are Killing More Americans Than Anything Else

systematic study by a group of 125 leading researchers who call themselves the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators shows that diet is the leading cause of both death and disability in the United States (U.S.). Meanwhile, only 12 percent of visits to doctors’ offices include counseling about diet, according to research by the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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Total Health Costs of Industrial Food Systems Are 'Staggering,' Says New Report

new report by international experts draws significant linkages between industrial food and farming practices and many of the “severest health conditions afflicting populations around the world,” from respiratory diseases to a range of cancers and systematic livelihood stresses.

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18 Amazing Projects Bringing Children Closer to the Food We Produce

October is national Farm-to-School Month in the United States, a time to celebrate the connections between schools, farmers and locally and regionally produced foods. Each year, millions of students, farmers and communities across North America celebrate the movement that’s improving child nutrition, supporting local farmers and economies and increasing food and nutrition education.

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Patented Seeds Are Terrible - Here's How We Can Regain Ownership of Our Crop Genetic Resources

We Americans value the freedom to do what we want with our property. These days, our freedom of action in regard to what we own is increasingly being eroded and constrained by the expansion of corporate power and the evolving legal dimensions of ownership.

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22 Inspirational Women in Food and Agriculture

Women are crucial to the functioning of a healthy and sustainable food system. At Food Tank, we are continually inspired by the hard work and creativity of women farmers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, community leaders, and family members.

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AI-Powered Food Computers Are Designing New Ways of Growing Crops

The Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg), an MIT Media Lab project, is working to provide farmers around the world with an open source of information on how to grow tastier crops in increasingly unpredictable climates. Researchers at OpenAg have developed a series of personal food computers, which are different-sized controlled growing environments that collect thousands of data points on the crops growing inside of them. The research is part of OpenAg’s initiative to democratize climate, or make data on farming more accessible.

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Having Trouble Sleeping? Try a Mediterranean-Style Diet

Researchers at the University of Pharma, Italy, recently published a study in Nutrients identifying a link between a Mediterranean-style diet and key health outcomes in children.

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Meet 20 Food Leaders Under 40

At Food Tank, we are constantly amazed by the variety of ideas, initiatives, businesses, and research put forth by talented individuals making waves in the food and agriculture sectors. They come from varying backgrounds, regions, and perspectives, and represent a wide range of ages.

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New Research Links Monsanto's Roundup to Low Birth Weight Babies

New research into the world’s most widely-used pesticide raises concerns for fetal health, according to researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN). Glyphosate, which is used to kill broadleaf plants and grasses, is found in more than 750 products including Monsanto’s Roundup. The study discovered a correlation between glyphosate exposure during pregnancy and lower birth weights, as well as shorter pregnancies.

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How Protecting Biodiversity Also Protects the Rich Variety of Foods That We Love to Eat

Sunita Narain, Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based research and advocacy group, recently released First Food: Culture of Taste at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India. It is the second book in the series published by CSE after First Food: Taste of India’s Biodiversity was published in 2013. This series is an attempt at preserving and spreading awareness about the wealth of traditional food habits already existing in India.

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Hundreds Join Sanctuary Restaurants Movement to Create Safe and Inclusive Spaces

Numerous restaurants across the country have joined a Sanctuary Restaurants Movement to offer safe and tolerant spaces to restaurant workers, employers, and consumers that face hate and harassment in the restaurant industry.

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Fran Drescher Stresses the Connections Between Diet, Health and the Environment

Fran Drescher, President of Cancer Schmancer, spoke at the third annual D.C. Food Tank Summit, Let’s Build a Better Food Policy, which was hosted in partnership with George Washington University and the World Resources Institute on February 2, 2017.

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Global Food Expert Explains How It's Possible to Eliminate Hunger

Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is speaking at the third annual D.C. Food Tank Summit, Let’s Build a Better Food Policy, which will be hosted in partnership with George Washington University and the World Resources Institute on February 2, 2017.

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150 Years Later, Black Farmers Are Still Fighting to Farm

Working the land holds contentious meaning for black farmers in the United States, particularly in the South, where their ancestors were once forced to harvest vast stretches of farmland as slaves before receiving the right to own land for themselves. 

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10 Celebrities Advocating for a More Sustainable Food System

Star status can bring the opportunity for celebrities to wear many hats and draw attention to environmental and health issues. Whether they are producing or performing music for fair trade campaigns, designing ethically sourced products, or growing food for the hungry, these 10 stars are using their fame and dollars to advocate for a more sustainable food future for all.

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8 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

A study conducted by the European Parliament’s Independent Research Service, titled “Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture,” has concluded that eating organic food improves early development, reduces pesticide exposure, strengthens the nutritional value of food, and mitigates disease risks.

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9 Women of Color Who are Changing the Food Industry

It is no surprise that white males dominate the positions of prominence in the food industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, only 19.6 percent of the head cooks and chefs in America were women. Compare this to the 54.5 percent of women that make up the food industry as a whole— bartenders, dishwashers, line cooks, and servers. The data shows that while women make up a majority of the food sector, men continue to hold the positions of higher esteem.

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How Turning Vacant Buildings Into Urban Farms Can Help Eliminate Food Deserts and Reduce Emissions

For Nadia Robinson of D.C.-based Locals Grow Smart, erasing food deserts means transforming the community that raised her. Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Northeast side, Robinson spent hours in the kitchen and garden with her mother and grandmother, who grew up on a farm.

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McDonald's, Walmart and Subway Are Right at the Top of the List in Wrecking the World's Forests

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released a report, “Cattle, Cleared Forests, and Climate Change: Scoring America’s Top Brands on Their Deforestation-Free Beef Commitments and Practices.” The publication highlights how beef production is the primary contributor to tropical deforestation worldwide, predominantly occurring in South America. According to the report, consumer goods companies “have the power to help stop this destruction,” yet none of the 13 United States companies studied for sourcing South American beef had strong deforestation-free policies or procedures in place. The report advises that companies should work together with meatpackers, ranchers, and government to develop a comprehensive plan to end deforestation practices within the beef industry.

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7 Tips for a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday that reminds all of as eaters to be grateful, especially for the season’s bounty provided by farmers, farm laborers, chefs, and food service workers. But, unfortunately, we also waste an astonishing amount of food. 

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Displaced by War, Refugees Find Hope in Their Food Culture

According to the United Nations, 6.6 million people have been displaced by Syria’s civil war. They have found refuge across the globe, facing economic hardship, language barriers, social and cultural acclimation. Despite their challenges, Syrians find hope and solace in their traditional food culture as a source of normalcy, stability, and hope in bridging cultural divides.

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This Is How We Get Hooked on Added Sugar

The earth-shattering results of a nine-year-old aspiring scientist from New Jersey revealed the problem: young children are eating far too much added sugar. What my fourth-grade science project attempted to explain is now made clear in my new report as an analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Hooked for Life: How Weak Policies on Added Sugars Are Putting a Generation of Children at Risk. I found that young children’s excess sugar consumption is contributing to lifelong preferences for sugar-rich foods and increased risk of several chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The report reveals that the companies that make many of these foods are profiting off of children’s inherent attraction to sweet foods and beverages, and they have actively lobbied against and succeeded in blocking science-based policies that would help curb sugar consumption.

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5 Rare Foods Protected by Women's Groups Around the World

This year, 57 groups were added to the catalogue of Slow Food Presidia, a project that aims to preserve biodiversity around the world.

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This Website Helps to Ensure That Knowledge About Growing Food Is Openly Accessible to Anyone on the Planet

Pennsylvania State University’s PlantVillage provides nearly one million worldwide users with free information about plants, plant disease, and plant growth. Co-Founder David Hughes started the website to ensure that all knowledge that helps people grow food is openly accessible to anyone on the planet. The database currently has more than 150 crops.

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One Man's Journey From Industrial Factory Farmer to Sustainable, Regenerative Farmer (Video)

In the film, One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, filmmaker Peter Byck takes viewers to Bluffton, Georgia to hear from Will Harris of White Oak Pastures about his journey from industrial to re-generational farmer. This is the second film in Byck’s Carbon Nation: Soil Carbon Cowboy series; it continues to highlight farmers and ranchers who are pioneering regenerative grazing practices and soil health.

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Kid-Centric Farm-to-Lunchbox Delivery Service to Launch in NYC

School food reform and meal delivery services are two ways that activists and businesses are trying to improve people’s food choices. Meghan Carreau and Alexandra Payne decided to merge the two approaches when they pitched TuckrBox, a farm-to-lunchbox meal delivery service, to the App Idea Awards. In May 2016, they won the $70,000 grand prize to develop TuckrBox and have been working all summer to prepare for a fall 2016 launch.

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Olive Garden Gets F for Inaction on Antibiotics Overuse in Supply Chain

Responding to growing consumer campaigns and investor pressure, some of America’s top restaurant chains—including Subway, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s—have begun addressing the public health threat of antibiotic resistance in their operations and supply chains.

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Tax Reduces Junk Food Consumption in Mexico, Says Study

A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico examines the first-year effects of a junk food tax implemented by the government of Mexico in 2014. The results show that there was an average reduction of 5.1 percent on purchases of taxed food items in 2014, which was equivalent to 25 grams per person per month.  

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One Man's Mission to Teach Harlem Kids About Urban Farming, Nutrition and Sustainability

Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, about his organization’s commitment to inspiring youth to live healthy, ambitious lives. In addition to providing mentorship and role models to impoverished youth, Harlem Grown provides hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. When we spoke with Tony Hillery, he talked about the inception of Harlem Grown, its impact so far, and its plans for future expansion.

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19 Food Films to Inform and Inspire

If you're craving good films on the food system, Food Tank has put together a list of documentaries and films to inspire, educate, and give viewers some food for thought. Each film explores a different topic in food and agriculture, some with a dash of social equality or a splash of health awareness. Whether you're a social activist, small farmer, or sustainability advocate, or you just enjoy food, we're sure you'll find a food film to further inform and interest you in all things food.

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15 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Knowledge in the Food System

August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is Indigenous Peoples and Education to highlight the importance of education and preserving indigenous knowledge.   

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