community and economy

All is Fair (Trade) in Love and Chocolate

In which the GRACE team tastes and rates 11 brands of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Certified chocolates. Buying Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates is an easy way to ensure that your purchasing power supports chocolate growers with sound human rights policies.

Where's the Love, Hershey? On Chocolate and Labor

Ecocentric writer Chris Hunt, who doesn't care much for chocolate, is an unlikely choice of authors for a Valentine's Day chocolate post. He does, however, have one important qualification: he cares about preventing slave labor.

Our Heroes: Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now!

Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now and native Iowan, is up to his neck in ag issues. You can call it an obsession, but Dave knows the power of the sustainable agriculture movement--and he knows exactly how to harvest it.

Our Heroes: Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch

Wenonah Hauter talks about the environment, politics and what keeps her up at night. Find out what led to her becoming one of the most prominent environmental advocates/activists and what she's working on now.

University Land Grabs in Africa and Student Activism

Major American universities are practicing "land-grabbing" - buying up African farmland in deals that will likely result in displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation and the further impoverishment and political destabilization. Students and alumni: you have the power to change this.

New Farmers

Although the average age of US farmers continues to rise, many young people are starting to pursue careers in sustainable agriculture.

Food Economics

The production, consumption, and distribution of food is closely tied to economic forces. Learn how subsidies, externalities, and agribusiness' market control affect what we eat.

Organic Agriculture

What does "organic" actually mean? Find information about the USDA's National Organic Program, including its benefits and shortcomings.

Public Health

From antibiotic resistance to arsenic contamination, learn how industrial agriculture threatens public health.


Farmworkers and other food sector employees have the critical responsibility of feeding our nation. Learn about the deplorable working conditions they often face.

Community and Economy

Factory farms make terrible neighbors. Learn how industrial agriculture affects surrounding communities and local economies.

New Economics Institute

The New Economics Institute is a U.S. organization that uniquely combines vision, theory, action, and communication to effect a transition to a new economy--an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems. Formerly known as the E. F. Schumacher Society.

United Farm Workers

Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. The UFW continues to organize in major agricultural industries across the nation.

Why Buy Sustainable?

Environment, personal health, public health, farms, animal welfare, community, workers... and taste! Eight great reasons to buy sustainable food.

Impacts of Industrial Agriculture

Learn how industrial agriculture damages the environment, threatens human health, degrades rural communities, harms workers, and compromises animal welfare.

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