Posts By Nina Ignaczak
A new partnership is shedding light on the dire need for local food in three west Louisville communities and a vacant 24-acre site could be the key to linking supply and demand.
Excerpt: “A prosperous farming region known as India’s bread basket, Haryana state is now home to 26 “climate smart villages,” all of which are part of an initiative led by the research consortium, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in India.”
Source: Voice of America
Excerpt: Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means. While farmers see it as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects. This is one of the main findings revealed in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study.
Source: Cattle Network
Seedstock spoke with Gayeton about why we need a lexicon for sustainability, who should read this book, defining sustainability, and why Gayeton believes should you give this book away.
Seedstock: Why did you decide to do a book when you have all of this great multimedia content? Why did the medium of actually having a physical book seem important?
Gayeton: Well, that’s a funny question. The challenge is that people always say, “Who reads books anymore?” Reality is that people do read books. I have a bookshelf of books, as I’m sure you do, that you’ve probably bought in the last year. So it’s not like books are not relevant. The problem with a book, though, is that it fixes like a fly in amber ideas. Sustainability is really a dynamic conversation. So these words and ideas are evolving, and even being defined as we speak. On one level, it doesn’t make sense to make a book. But from another standpoint, I think that the core ideas and principles that define sustainable food systems and how to build local food systems, those core ideas have never really been gathered in a book in such a comprehensive way, looking at every aspect of our food system. We really felt that this could be a valuable tool.
Excerpt: “A 13-episode series examining our food system called Food Forward, premiering on PBS stations across the country and streaming on PBS.org beginning this week.”
Source: Civil Eats
Excerpt: “Diet quality has improved among people of high socioeconomic status but deteriorated among those at the other end of the spectrum. The gap between the two groups doubled between 2000 and 2010. That will be costly for everyone.”
Source: The Atlantic
Barnraiser gives food entrepreneurs a drowdfunding platform of their own.
Source: Civil Eats
Shop according to your political persuasion with this new app based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation and the Institute for State Money in Politics
Source: Washington Post
A new National Wildlife Federation highlights business opportunities for rural entrepreneurs growing cover crops.
Source: The Prairie Star Ag Weekly
Source: New York Times
Can small farmers earn a living in America today?