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Every Drop Matters: Reducing Water Use in the United States – March 22, 2013

A single American can use as much water in a day as approximately 900 Kenyans

The United States is one of the world’s biggest users of water. A single American can use as much water in a day as approximately 900 Kenyans. As a result, water resources in the US are shrinking. In the last five years, there have been water shortages in almost every part of the country, including the worst drought in at least 25 years, which hit 80 percent of the country’s farmland in 2012. Even worse, at least 36 states currently are expecting local, regional, or statewide water shortages, even without drought.

tap water leaking Photo by wajakemek|rashdanothman/FlickrAt least 36 US states currently are expecting… more

by: Danielle Nierenberg

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Seven Amazing Women Who Are Working to Change Our Food System – March 8, 2013

Almost 55 percent of the reduction in global hunger from 1970 to 1995 could be attributed to improvements in women’s status in society: UN

Today is International Women’s Day – a day to recognize the steps that have been taken to improve gender equality and to acknowledge that much more needs to be done to level the playing field for women in all sectors, including agriculture.

photoname Photo by Alessandro LuciaIf gender barriers were eliminated and women farmers are able
to match the yields of male farmers.

Olivier De Shutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, The Feminization of Farming, drawing attention to the need to empower women farmers and remove the obstacles that… more

by: Danielle Nierenberg

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Thirteen Resolutions to Change the Food System in 2013 – December 31, 2012

We have the tools, let's use them well this new year

As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health. We think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system — real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms, and on plates all over the world. These are resolutions that the world can’t afford to break with nearly one billion still hungry and more than one billion suffering from the effects of being overweight and obese. We have the tools — let’s use them in 2013!

Here are our 13 resolutions to change the food system in 2013:


by: Danielle Nierenberg

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