25. Aquaponic ventures, such as The Plant in Chicago, may have the potential to sustainably intensify food production by combining plants and fish in an energy-saving, efficient way to grow lots of food in a small amount of space.
27. Several global organizations, including Young Professionals for Agricultural Development and the Global Fund for Women, are working to empower women and youth by giving them confidence to lead their communities, express their rights and opinions, and become engaged in leadership positions in local governance.
28. Food rescue initiatives like the Pig Idea in London are working to recycle food waste from supermarkets and restaurants.
30. Farmer’s markets are continuing to grow across America. With 8,144 farmers’ markets in the U.S. in 2013, an increasing number of eaters are able to put a face to their food.
31. Youth worldwide are rising to promote sustainable food systems. The Slow Food Youth Network started Disco Soup: events that embody how youth can collectively act in order to tackle global issues such as food waste.
32. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, insects have promising potential as an alternative protein food source, with both environmental and health benefits.
33. Brazil’s National School Feeding Program run by the Ministry of Development has proven to be an effective tool to ensure the right to adequate food. To date, the program has reached 45 million students in almost 250,000 schools. Similar programs are now being adopted in various African countries.
34. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, students from the University of Sarajevo are conducting intercropping and hydroponics field experiments in order to improve the quality and quantity of food produced in the country.
35. Family farming accounts for at least 56 percent of worldwide agricultural production.
36. In Syria, raising backyard poultry has helped citizens find a sustainable way to sustain local food security and nutrition.
37. The U.N Food and Agriculture Organization is implementing projects in the western Chad region of Kanem that give land access to women groups for food production. Greater access to land has led to improved agricultural production, higher incomes and a decrease in malnutrition.
38. The SAVE FOOD initiative, led by the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization, has gathered more than 150 public and private sector partners to address the issue of food loss and waste in developing countries.
39. Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is one of many networks across the world connecting young people and promoting agriculture as a career option. YPARD has developed e-services for information dissemination as well as mentorship programs, workshops and trainings for youth.
40. The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative is recognizing the importance of soil to sustainable agriculture and committed to understanding what happens beneath our feet. They’ve developed a platform for promoting and translating expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into policy and land management.
41. The Savory Institute advocates for healing the land through holistic livestock management and promotes the creation of a symbiotic relationship between animals and the land.
42. Community Supported Fisheries, like Skipper Otto, connect consumers to small-scale fishermen, help local communities and promote sustainable fishing. “There is an intrinsic value on keeping more eyes on the ocean,” says Shaun Strobel, Skipper Otto Product Director.
43. In Wisconsin, U.S., Keil High School’s new Agricultural Research Center wing enables high school students to learn agricultural skills and connect with the source of their food.
44. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom program brings guest speakers into schools to teach about agriculture. In 2013, 45,000 students were reached.
45. The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme is the first African university initiative dedicated to providing technical agricultural training women.
47. Vermont became the first state to sign a GMO labeling law, which will go into effect July 2016.
49. Mazingira Institute and Nairobi and Environs Food Security, Agriculture, and Livestock Forum, are transforming urban agriculture in Nairobi through workshops and trainings.
50. Slow Food USA‘s Slow Meat Program, will hold a conference June 20-22, in Denver, CO, to highlight sustainable meat production and identify and develop points of intervention between the journey from field to fork.
Time for another break—listen to this excellent Green Diva podcast featuring Susan Freinkel talking about how pesticides impact our children.