Food

Eat better, smarter. Grow cleaner, more sustainable food. Great bumper stickers, but how do you do it? PF members offer their solutions on how use science and good practice to feed ourselves more sustainably.

The Amazon rainforest: Pristine wilderness or forest garden? (Photos by Tomasz Falkowski/SUNY-ESF)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Planet Forward led a student storytelling expedition to the Amazon. Tomasz looks at how foreigners, violence, poor soil and roads killed off 90% of the Amazon population. Can looking at the past help us find a way to better manage this ecosystem?

Camp 41's amazing cooks — a team headed by the Brazilian grandmother we all wanted to adopt — kept the Planet Forward crew full of fresh, local fruits at breakfast and lunch. (Planet Forward)

Arizona State University
Planet Forward led a student storytelling expedition to the Amazon. Read Sydney's story of how she found her sense of comunidade — “community” in Portuguese — as she turned every corner in Brazil.

Dave Hunter, founder of Crown Bees, a bee nursery and supply business in Woodinville, Wash., speaks at the USDA event. (Eric Englert/Medill)

Northwestern University
The USDA gets public input on its Native Bee Monitoring Plan.
Photo of ingredients to be used in Kalu Yala's cooking class

Ingredients from the farm and local stores to be used in a cooking class at Kalu Yala. (Kelley Czajka/Medill)

Northwestern University
Kalu Yala's culinary staff and interns are serving up sustainable and delicious meals in the Panamanian jungle.
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Northwestern University
What are the financial and cultural challenges Kalu Yala is facing in recruiting Panamanian residents as interns and staff?

M.J. Altman, the editorial director for the World Food Program USA, was a part of a trip to Bangladesh with the organization in 2015. (Photo courtesy M.J. Altman)

George Washington University
Editorial director at World Food Program USA M.J. Altman uncovers the hidden human stories about people and food on the frontlines of hunger in her podcast called “Hacking Hunger.”

Kalu Yala welcomes visitors and interns with a scenic, yet challenging hike up and down the valley. (Photos by Cassie Majewski/Medill)

Northwestern University
Hoping to maximize the benefits of time spent in nature, a group of interns in Panama are investigating the possibility of a new model for a holistic mental health approach.
Northwestern University
Young people are exploring food systems through farming. We compared the group we met while in Panama with an urban farm on the South Side of Chicago. 
Assignment Editor, Planet Forward
Brett Reinford and his family use a methane digester on their farm in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania to reduce food waste and generate power. 

Food waste from Sewanee dining halls turns into feed for chickens and fish, which in turn becomes food for the students at Sewanee, all thanks to larvae.

Sewanee: University of the South
Sewanee student Chris Hornsby explains his blueprint for the creation of self-sustaining and equitable tribal communities. And it all begins with larvae.

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