Our friends at Meatless Monday are at it again...getting some fantastic coverage in the news, that is. The movement is spreading throughout the country and even Oprah, Michael Pollan and Chef Kathy Freston are enthusiastically showing their support for Meatless Monday.
Stone Barns Center is an 80-acre farm tucked away in the rolling hills of Westchester County, New York and lies at the heart of a new food revolution.
Barring any cataclysmic events, here are our predicted trends for 2012 in Food, Water and Energy (Fwenergy, if you will). And while there are no doomsday scenarios, not everything looks rosy for 2012.
Ever think about how much energy goes into your food? In the U.S., it takes about 10 units of fossil energy to produce one unit of food energy.
Learn how Cindy and Mike Ridenour, along with their daughter, Mary, have successfully operated Meadow Maid Foods - a sustainable producer and purveyor of grassfed beef and numerous vegetables - by integrating water and energy inputs to make their ranch nearly self-sufficient.
Energy has always been essential for the production of food. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy input for agriculture was the sun. As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels.
Meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport. Take a look at what goes into just one quarter-pound of hamburger meat.
After years of being treated like chopped liver, the issue of food waste is finally getting its due, and rightfully so. It is a huge environmental and social problem that we need to tackle immediately.
TRANSCRIPT: "Heroic Endeavors" interview with Cindy Ridenour who, along with her husband Mike and their daughter, Mary, have successfully operated Meadow Maid Foods - a sustainable producer and purveyor of grassfed beef and numerous vegetables. By integrating water and energy inputs they have made their ranch nearly self-sufficient. By Kai Olson-Sawyer.
The average American family of four throws away the equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food; just one of many astonishing facts in a new analysis by NRDC.
As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels. Food crops are also becoming fuels themselves.
When going green, consider these actions which can help ease tensions within the food/water/energy nexus.
2012 was a difficult year for many people, and ends on a particularly somber note following the recent shooting in Connecticut. Here in New York, many are still without power after Superstorm Sandy wrought such tremendous devastation on the Mid-Atlantic. Perhaps more than ever, we are eager, not only to bid adieu to the worst of 2012, but to set our intentions for a brighter 2013.
A new pilot program will help Nebraska's farmers look towards the sun to power their irrigation. But just like homeowners, farmers should also take advantage of their countless energy - and water - efficiency opportunities.
Looking for evidence of how the United States' food, water and energy are connected? Here are a few statistics to illustrate the intersections.
Corporations around the world have taken a keen interest in the nexus of food, water and energy. In a recent workshop at The Wharton School, business leaders laid out the reasons why these interconnections are so important to their future.