On MLK Day: Our Stories on Food and Democracy

9 hours ago
The Civil Eats Editors

The events of the past weeks have shaken the halls of American democracy, and us as a nation. We paused…

Op-ed: The Peanut Industry Has a Monopoly Problem—but Farmers Are Pushing Back

And it’s not just a pandemic-fueled phenomenon. U.S. peanut consumption has grown just about every year for the past two…

3 days ago

The Seneca Nation Is Building Food Sovereignty, One Bison at a Time

Snyder, the director of the agriculture department for the Seneca Nation, has overseen a number of efforts to rebuild food…

4 days ago

Biden’s Climate Plan Relies on Farmers Who Are Often Climate Skeptics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the administration said, “has not historically received the sustained political attention of other agencies that…

5 days ago

Why Aren’t USDA Conservation Programs Paying Farmers More to Improve Their Soil?

While Rosmann is pleased that more farmers there are adopting cover crops to reduce erosion and runoff, it still only…

6 days ago

This App Aims to Help SNAP Users Make the Most of Their Benefits

“I used to run from store to store to get the best deal,” said Lopez, who delivers restaurant meals for…

1 week ago

A New Study on Regenerative Grazing Complicates Climate Optimism

Comparing his black soil to the red soil only yards beyond the fence he shares with his neighbor, Harris said…

2 weeks ago

Does Regenerative Agriculture Have a Race Problem?

And yet, the film has also frustrated and alienated a number of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in…

2 weeks ago

Is Fonio the Ancient Grain of the Future?

Pierre Thiam and Philip Teverow take a different tack. Thiam was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, before gaining renown…

2 weeks ago

Our Best Food System Solutions Stories of 2020

Jennifer Taylor Educates and Advocates for Underserved Small Farms in Florida Along with her husband, Ron Gilmore, Taylor has created…

3 weeks ago

Our Best Food Justice Stories of 2020

This year, the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 in communities of color and the death of George Floyd at the hands…

3 weeks ago

Our Best Climate Stories of 2020

From hurricanes to flooding, drought, and wildfires, the climate crisis made its presence even more obvious in 2020. And it's…

3 weeks ago

Our Best Stories on the Food Security Crisis in 2020

Food is a basic need, but this year saw an astounding number of Americans lacking the ability to meet their…

3 weeks ago

David Scott Sets Racial Justice, Food Security, and Climate Change as Priorities for House Ag

The 75-year-old representative started by describing his grandparents’ South Carolina farm where he was born and later picked cotton, fed…

4 weeks ago

Should Food and Farm Workers Be Next in Line for the COVID Vaccine?

January 12, 2021 update: A group of New York state lawmakers have just sent a letter requesting Governor Andrew Cuomo…

4 weeks ago

Civil Eats TV: Duskie Estes Is Gleaning with Meaning

On a recent fall morning, she and a half-dozen volunteers were out early gathering the last zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant…

4 weeks ago

Op-ed: Now Is the Time for Cooking Schools to Offer Culinary Activism 101

Culinary curriculums haven't changed much over the decades, but the number of cooking schools sure has. Back in the ‘70…

1 month ago

Is Farming with Reclaimed Water the Solution to a Drier Future?

“You can’t even see the pathways,” she says, surrounded by the literal fruits of her labors. The patch is a…

1 month ago