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.

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.

Ambitions for a carbon-free impact and few emissions: At eco-town Kalu Yala, members of the community live as sparingly as possible, using what they can from the environment around them while replenishing what they can. (Candace Butera/Medill)

Northwestern University
Through a scientific process that seems almost magical, the creation of biochar takes you a step closer to reducing your carbon footprint. But this technique has a history that dates back further than you might think.
Northwestern University
One culinary intern at Kalu Yala used her time in Panama to improve her personal relationship with food and to get an example of a sustainable food system that contrasts the American food system.

Panama’s goat-like cows graze along the road to Kalu Yala. (Emma Sarappo/Medill)

Northwestern University
One sustainable jungle town in Panama hopes to repopulate iguanas in their natural habitat and begin using them as an alternative meat source to cows in the tropics.

Harper Simpson, former agriculture intern at Kalu Yala, wears jewelry to remind her to stay strong in times of hardship. (Cassandra Majewski/Medill)

Northwestern University
In a place so focused on environmental sustainability, an important caveat at the eco-town Kalu Yala is its struggle to create an environment that is mentally sustainable.
Planet Forward
Mandela Fellows Funmi Adebajo, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, and Rachel Kalera-Mhango shared their big ideas and the innovative ways in which they report and communicate.
Planet Forward
Planet Forward Founder Frank Sesno spoke with Katie Dotterer-Pyle, Shawn Lightfoot, and Chris Policinski about innovation at all levels, from farms to communities to corporations.
George Washington University
Community Health Centers provide a unique opportunity to help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change.

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