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Hungry for Change

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Can foodies save the environmental movement?

It seems like one step forward, two steps back for the environmental movement these days. The once-high hopes of achieving national and/or international action on climate change have faded to a mere memory. Backward-thinking Republicans are attacking the Environmental Protection Agency in Congress. Eco-minded folks are getting bummed. But another movement, one that shares a common ethos with......read more

Young Farmers Join the Food Shift

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Bolstered by demand for local and organic food, a new generation of farmers emerges in Oregon.

It's no secret that young people are psyched on farming these days. Nowhere is that more evident than in rural Oregon, where NYT writer Isolde Rafferty discovered a burgeoning movement of young farmers making a run at small-scale agriculture by doing things the old school way. Shunning the ways of industrial farming, the new generation of ranchers and growers are capitalizing on heightened demand......read more

Does Eating Local Matter?

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Yes, but maybe not as much as you think

Eating local is one of the inviolable tenets of the environmental movement. Ask any greenie, they'll tell you: To help the planet, eat locally grown food. But just how important is eating local food? Maybe not as important as one might think, according to a growing number of studies. Writing in The Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. says that recent analyses "suggest that the economic......read more

Alice Waters: 40 Years of Sustainable Food

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Veteran SF chef celebrates Chez Panisse's anniversary

To most of us, the sustainable food movement is a relatively recent phenomenon. But to chef/author/food activist Alice Waters, it began four decades ago, before "sustainability" was even a word. That's when she opened Chez Panisse, the Berkeley eatery that helped pioneer the now-popular concept of serving local, organic, seasonal food. Over the last forty years, Waters and Chez Panisse have......read more

BrightFarms Brings Rooftop Produce to Supermarkets

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NYC company wants grocery stores to raise on the roof

By standard definition, "local food" is that which is produced within 100 miles of where it's sold. BrightFarms wants you to forget that. The New York-based greenhouse company aims to shift our understanding of local-ness by bringing rooftop gardens to the place where consumers buy food: the supermarket. Launched in January 2011, BrightFarms' vision is to convince grocery retailers to grow......read more

In London, a Farm in a Shop

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FARM:shop is a radical experiment in retail and urban farming

At an empty storefront in East London, a group of designers led by the crew from Something & Son have opened what must be the world's first farm in a shop. The disused shop has been transformed into productive urban farm with hydroponic and aquaponic plants, a backyard garden, a rooftop chicken coop, and tilapia in the front room. Meanwhile, the bottom floor dishes out......read more

Young Farmers: Morgan

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In the first episode of Young Farmers, Morgan shows off her impressive urban farm plot

Young Farmers, the latest original web series from SHFT and Lockerz, explores the growth of 'farm-to-table' values among young people today. In the first episode, we visit with Morgan and her abundant urban farm plot. Morgan's mindset about food was shifted by her experience living in France, where knowing where your food comes from -- and how it was raised -- is a normal part of life.......read more

Young Farmers: Corbett

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A budding green thumb skates to the community garden to man his plot--and grab an after-school snack

Corbett, our newest Young Farmers subject, comes by his interest in gardening honestly. Raised until the age of six on a farm near Lake Tahoe, the teen green thumb was exposed to the practice of growing food at an early age. Now living in Los Angeles, he tends to a community farm plot right off the freeway that produces everything from corn and peppers to zucchini and tomato. Check out......read more

Young Farmers: Katie

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Under Katie's guidance, a high school garden brings together students of all stripes

We're big fans of school gardens around here. They're a great way to use the schoolyard as a classroom and teach students valuable concepts about food and agriculture. Katie, our latest Young Farmers subject, leads a gardening program at an extension high school in Claremont, California, where at-risk students get a chance to grow their own veggies. By literally getting their hands dirty,......read more

Young Farmers: The Series

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The food revolution is here, and young people are leading the charge

Lockerz and SHFT present Young Farmers, an original web series exploring the growth of 'farm-to-table' values among young people today. In the videos, we visit with 10 budding gardeners, taking a personal look at their lives and the things they grow....read more

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