New Project Assesses How Aquatic Species Support Sustainable Food Systems

A new project, the Blue Food Assessment (BFA), is working to better understand the role that aquatic species can play in building sustainable and equitable food systems. The BFA is a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University in partnership with EAT. It explores the role that blue foods—the animals, plants, and algae from freshwater … Read more

How Blockchain Can Tackle Supply Chain Fraud And Food Insecurity

This is the fourth part of a series exploring the history, technology, and partnerships of Envisible, a sustainable food procurement company aiming to make supply chains more transparent. Read parts one, two, and three. Supply company Envisible is using blockchain technology to track its products from sea to store and counter fraud in the seafood industry. Also … Read more

Major U.S. Grocery Stores Step Up to Save the Bees, But Are They Doing Enough?

This year, U.S. beekeepers reported that 45 percent of their colonies died, that’s the second highest losses ever recorded. And a new study showed that 25 percent of wild bees have gone missing since the 1990s. Why are bees dying? Along with climate change and habitat loss, the toxic pesticides used to grow our food are one of the main drivers. … Read more

Nipah Virus Reemerges in India

The Nipah virus (NiV) has emerged again in the Indian state of Kerala, claiming the life of a 12-year-old boy. As concerns around the virus continue, local fruit farmers worry that fears may impact their livelihoods. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family—also known as flying foxes—are the natural hosts of the Nipah virus, and they … Read more

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Cause Behind Rising Food Insecurity

The world’s nutrition crisis is worsening, according to the 2021 Report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI) from the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization. Conflict, violence, and economic shocks, according to the report, are the main drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, but the COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying situations around the world. SOFI is … Read more

Traditional Staple Crop May Help Manage Diabetes, Study Shows

Over 462 million people across the world are affected by Type II diabetes, a metabolic disease that results in 1.6 million deaths per year. Nutrient-poor diets can result in chronically elevated blood glucose levels, but a recent study from the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) finds that millet consumption can help people with diabetes return their … Read more

NYC Nonprofit Gives New Life to Brooklyn Community Garden

This is the third part in a series about the New York Restoration Project, an organization committed to providing New Yorkers with equitable access to green space.  The Aberdeen Street Community Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn is working to provide green space for residents to build community, celebrate the arts, and practice sustainable gardening.  Established in … Read more

29 Organizations Promoting Food Literacy in Schools

Food literacy, the understanding that food choices affect human and planetary health, can be an important tool for building resilient individuals and communities. A combination of nutrition knowledge, culinary skill, food systems awareness, and behavioral change, food literacy is a multifaceted concept that has the power to shape local food systems. Increasing food literacy can … Read more

Senator Booker’s Legislation Aims to Reform U.S. Farm Systems

U.S. Senator Cory Booker recently reintroduced The Farm System Reform Act to restrict the growth of new factory farms and protect family farmers. Approximately 20,000 Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are currently operating in the U.S. CAFOs are large-scale industrial facilities that raise thousands of animals in conditions that are harmful to public health, the … Read more