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Animal Welfare


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Animal Welfare


Animal Welfare

Consumers are demanding to know where their food comes from, and as Americans continue to take a more active role in maintaining their health in the wake of rising obesity rates and diet-related diseases, a vested interest in animal welfare has emerged.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 10 billion animals are slaughtered each year for human consumption. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of food choices—omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan—one point of agreement is that animals should be treated with compassion. Videos of blatant animal abuse produced undercover and distributed by the media have horrified consumers. As a direct result of the backlash, companies are taking steps to reduce abuses like eliminating gestation crates and ensuring outdoor access for chickens.

Farm Sanctuary // Farm Sanctuary protects farm animals from cruelty, inspires change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.

The Gentle Barn // The Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to severely abused animals. Then kids interact with the animals to learn kindness, compassion and confidence.

Global Animal Partnership // A nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2008, brings together farmers, scientists, ranchers, retailers, and animal advocates—a diverse group with the common goal of wanting to improve the welfare of animals in agriculture.

The Humane Society of the United States // Its Farm Animal Protection Program works to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs and milk.

Mercy for Animals // MFA serves as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.

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Culinary Education


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Culinary Education


The Center for Ecoliteracy // Smart by Nature™, the Center’s framework and services for schooling  for sustainability, is based on two decades of work with schools and  organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and  numerous other countries. The Center is best known for its pioneering  work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological  principles and sustainability into school curricula.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution // A national movement to change the way America eats. Jamie wants to  mobilize the huge response to the Food Revolution so far and turn it  into a movement for change in which America leads the world. It will  bring together millions of people and inspire the nation to fight  obesity with better food. At its heart is a powerful strategy to get  people cooking again.

Recipe for Success // Recipe for Success Foundation is dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children.

Spoons Across America // Spoons Across America, the source for children’s culinary education,  is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children,  teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating. We work to  influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that  celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition  of sharing meals around the family table.

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Farmers + Agriculture


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Farmers + Agriculture


Farmers in the United States face unprecedented challenges when it comes to producing safe, healthy food. Policies governing agriculture typically favor large-scale, conventional growing methods, leaving organic farms and sustainable business models with little support.

As more sustainable methods continue to emerge, it’s proof that consumers are changing their preferences when it comes to the growing, sourcing, and delivery methods of the food they eat. The number of Farmer’s Markets in the United States has grown dramatically in recent years, and more consumers are reading labels than ever before.

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Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs/Children in the Fields // The Association of Farmworker Opportunity  Programs’ mission is to  improve the quality of life for migrant and  seasonal farmworkers and  their families by providing advocacy for the  member organizations that  serve them.

Farm Aid // Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first  Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family  farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave  Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has  raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family  farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose  mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

Farmers Market Coalition // The Farmers Market Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States.

The Food Chain Workers Alliance // The Food Chain Workers Alliance  is a coalition of  worker-based  organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack,  transport,  prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages  and working  conditions for all workers along the food chain.

Global Crop Diversity Trust // Crop diversity is one of the world’s least recognized but most valuable resources. The Global Crop Diversity Trust is the only worldwide response to this funding crisis.

International Justice Mission: Recipe for Change // A campaign for slave-free tomatoes.

National Gardening Association // NGA's Adopt a Garden programs make it quick and easy for you to register  or support a range of gardens and garden projects throughout the U.S.

ROC United // The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to  improve wages and working conditions for the nation's restaurant  workforce.

Seeds of Change // In 1989, Seeds of Change began with a simple mission: to preserve  biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture. By  cultivating and disseminating an extensive range of organically grown  vegetable, flower, herb and cover crop seeds, we have honored that  mission for 20 years.

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Hunger in America


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Hunger in America


Hunger in America

According to Share our Strength, sixteen million children living in the United States do not know where their next meal will come from. The government implements many programs aimed at reducing food insecurity including the Food Stamp program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the National School Lunch Program, among others. Unfortunately, simply receiving a meal—and over 20 million children get a free or reduced-priced school lunch each day—isn’t enough to quell the debate about what those meals should consist of.

While the U.S. does not lack for healthy food options, 15.7 million children live in poverty. For their families, affordability of processed foods, accessibility and insufficient cooking skills still pose significant challenges. Food deserts—a region where healthy and affordable food is difficult to access—limits nutritious choices. For some families, a gas station mini-mart is the closest food outlet for miles, and for many children, a school cafeteria is their only opportunity to receive a nutritious meal.

The Alliance to End Hunger // The Alliance to End Hunger develops innovative partnerships among our members; political commitment among our leaders; and global connections among groups working to end hunger worldwide. The Alliance has more than 75 members--corporations, non-profit groups, universities, individuals, and Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious bodies.

Ample Harvest // AmpleHarvest.org connects 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries.

Community Food Security Coalition // The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security.

Feeding America // Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Food First // The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.

Food Recovery Network // In January of 2012, students from four colleges came together to create the Food Recovery Network, with a mission of creating food recovery programs on every college campus in the country.

Meals on Wheels Association of America // The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.

Share Our Strength // Share Our Strength’s goal is to end childhood hunger in America. Working with others, we believe we can do this by 2015. We measure our progress by measuring participation in effective, existing programs that provide nutritious food to children at home (SNAP, or food stamps, WIC, and nutrition education), during school (breakfast and lunch, and through nutrition education) and when school is out (afterschool snacks and summer meals).

We Can End This // WeCanEndThis.com is a yearlong initiative to shift the conversation about hunger in America and create real, tangible solutions.

WhyHunger // WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

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Food Policy


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Food Policy


Food Policy

Food policy is concerned with how food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. The roots of food policy can be traced back to 1933, when the first Farm Bill was developed in response to the profound hunger and poverty caused by the Great Depression. The Farm Bill—food policy’s largest piece of legislation—is reevaluated every five years, and its recommendations affecting rural development, nutrition, commodities, conservation, and livestock remain the core of agricultural policy in the United States.

Beyond the Farm Bill, food policy also encompasses other national concerns such as the obesity epidemic and encouraging healthy eating habits. When President Obama took office in 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama quickly mobilized to plant a White House vegetable garden and launch the Let's Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Food & Water Watch // Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United // ROC's mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation's restaurant workforce.

Take Part // A digital media organization and cause services agency that helps you unleash your inner activist. Take Part provides content and service that inspire and empower people to take action in making the world better.

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School Lunch Reform


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School Lunch Reform


School Lunch Reform

The National School Lunch Program feeds 32 million children every year. These meals often serve as a child's primary source of nourishment for the day, yet most school cafeteria facilities do not have the resources to offer fresh food, and habitually reheat previously frozen meals. Even cafeterias that strive to serve more wholesome ingredients like vegetables, whole grains and fresh fruits, are often forced to subsidize programs using vending machines and snack bars filled with products that contain high levels of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other additives due to fiscal deficits and lack of student interest.

Despite some grim realities, the tides are beginning to turn. Programs like Edible Schoolyard spearheaded by Alice Waters, are making inroads in creating education programs that provide students with a free nutritious lunch, and interactive experiences in the classroom, kitchen, and garden. The sector gained even more publicity when an anonymous blogger and teacher ate lunch in her school’s cafeteria every day for a year and wrote about it on her website. Her identity was revealed when her book, Fed Up with Lunch, was published in 2011.

The Center for Ecoliteracy // Smart by Nature™, the Center’s framework and services for schooling for sustainability, is based on two decades of work with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and numerous other countries. The Center is best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula.

Cook for America // Cook for America® envisions a nation of school food service personnel who are trained, empowered and inspired to provide healthy cooked-from-scratch school meals for America’s children.

Edible Schoolyard // Edible Schoolyard (formerly The Chez Panisse Foundation) envisions a school curriculum and school lunch program where growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.

Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) // Food Family Farming Foundation has been in fast-forward mode since its inception in 2009. F3 is working to enrich the user experience on The Lunch Box web portal by providing tools for change including recipes, procurement and commodity tools, budgeting and accounting tools, self-assessment tools and equipment grants to districts across the country that need to jump start change in their schools.

Healthy School Campaign //Healthy Schools Campaign, an independent not-for-profit organization, is the leading authority on healthy school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our children, and education. Our mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.

National Farm to School Network // Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.