Food

hand reaching for organic produce

Is organic always better than conventional produce? Here are five organic food myths debunked. (Creative Commons Public Domain)

The George Washington University
Organic food assumptions, fueled by marketing, are that organic cherries are more nutritious, safer, and healthier for me since organic farming is better for the environment. Is this the truth?
Matilda Kreider next to FAO sign

Matilda Kreider in the entrance hall to the Committee on World Food Security Conference at FAO headquarters in Rome. (Marisa Umeh/UC-Berkeley)

George Washington University
At the end of our time in Rome, I spent a day exploring the ancient city of Pompeii. Just as Pompeii experienced a catastrophic environmental event in 79 A.D., we in 2019 are facing down climate change on a global scale.

Marisa Umeh attends a session during the Committee on World Food Security Conference in October 2019 at the UN-FAO in Rome. (Kim Ossi/PlanetForward.org)

University of California, Berkeley
I found it comforting to know that in a highly polarized political climate, countries are willing to put aside their differences to ensure that the most vulnerable in their society are able to thrive.

Lindsay Eberhart listens to panelists during a youth-centered session on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (Kim Ossi/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
When I entered the headquarters of the FAO on Monday morning, I knew the week ahead would include breakthroughs and realizations — not only for myself, but for the world. 

Rohan Agrawal at the Committee on World Food Security Conference in October 2019. (Dan Reed/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Mississippi
I had impatiently waited to attend the Committee on World Food Security for the past four months. Little did I know that I was about to step inside a place that would dramatically change my perspective on global issues.
Our Planet Forward storytelling team
Founding Director, Planet Forward
On our latest storytelling expedition, four students traveled with Planet Forward and the FAO Liaison Office of North America to celebrate World Food Day at FAO headquarters in Rome and participate in CFS46.

On a traditional milpa farm, rows of agave are interspersed with other crops: pitaya-bearing cacti and ramón trees. (Evan Barnard/University of Georgia)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | American University
Milpa is a type of sustainable farming historically practiced by the Maya in the Yucatán and other parts of Mesoamerica. The milpas, planted with numerous crops for local consumption, are facing challenges from climate change.
Planet Forward Senior Correspondent
Nairobi is growing exponentially. Can urban farming help a city on track to reach 8.5 million people achieve a more food secure future?
Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
As we aim toward sustainable, more accessible agricultural practices, community supported agriculture (CSA) continues to grow. This fictional story offers insight to the beginning of the movement.

An open-air market in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, features mounds of fresh vegetables and fruits. (Matthew Laird Acred/Flickr)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Mississippi
Mississippi is a contradiction of limited local food access in a state with deep agricultural roots. How can we solve this uniquely American problem, and what can we learn from other countries?

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