New Campaign Presents Policy Opportunities for Sustainable Aquatic Food Systems

The Blue Food Assessment (BFA) recently launched a campaign called Blue Foods: Better Choices to promote sustainable blue food production policies in lead-up to the U.N. Ocean Conference. An initiative of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions and Center on Food Security and the Environment, and EAT, the … Read more

Can Food-Related Trade and Fiscal Policies Address Obesity?

A recent analysis by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) finds that food-related trade and fiscal policies are linked to weight outcomes and diet-related illnesses. The findings stress the importance of combining public health policy with trade and fiscal policy reforms. “One of the important findings we show is that governments will have to look beyond … Read more

Ukrainian Farmers Fight to Stay Alive

As Russia’s war against Ukraine continues, Ukrainian farmers are facing shortages in farming supplies and funding. But farmers are fighting to maintain their livestock and plant spring crops. According to Mariia Didukh, Director of the Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum (UNAF), farmers are reporting that seeds, fuel, labor, financial resources, veterinary medications, feed, and vaccines for … Read more

Hummustown Helps Refugees Find Stability in a New Home

Based in Rome, Italy, Hummustown is working to support vulnerable communities through culinary-based economic opportunities. The catering nonprofit helps individuals affected by forced displacement, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma to earn a living and gain culinary training while preparing dishes rooted in their culture. Shaza Saker, who is Syrian and grew up in … Read more

Advocates for Sustainable Fishing Address Biden in Open Letter

Stakeholders from the U.S. fishing industry recently released an open letter to President Biden calling on him to overturn an Executive Order that supports industrial offshore fish farming in the United States. Introduced by the Trump Administration in 2020, Executive Order 13921 allows for the development of industrial fish farming without Congressional oversight. Fish farming, or aquaculture, … Read more

How Sustainable Is Your Coffee?

For many, coffee is how they function. For me, coffee is why I function. Both my personal and professional passions revolve around it, leading initiatives on equitable and inclusive coffee value chains at Heifer International. Coffee is complex. Understanding where and how it is produced is complicated. It includes not only what ultimately goes in a cup, … Read more

Understanding the Link Between Agriculture and Anti-Microbial Resistance

A recent Lancet study, offering the first comprehensive assessment of the global burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), finds 1.27 million deaths were directly attributable to bacterial AMR in 2019. The study notes that antibiotics used in farming may contribute to AMR in humans, but a direct causal link remains controversial. Bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when … Read more

Report Highlights Growth and Challenges for Organic Farmers

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) recently released the 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA). It finds that while demand for organic products is on the rise, farmers still face challenges using and transitioning to organic practices. Published every five years, NORA seeks to identify key challenges facing organic farmers. The report uses survey data … Read more

Addressing Equity Through Better Food Policy

During a recent conversation at the Taste of Santa Barbara event, Congressmember Salud Carbajal called for the expansion of nutrition programs, tools to help farmers respond to the climate crisis, and engaged citizens who make their voices heard. A member of the House Agriculture Committee, Carbajal is looking ahead to the 2023 Farm Bill. Typically … Read more