Resources

Food is essential to our lives. And yet, as consumers we've lost ties to the people and land that sustain us. Profit-driven corporations have created a food system that threatens our health, our planet's health and the livelihoods of small farming families around the world. We believe consumers should be informed about the food system. Educating ourselves about where our food comes from – so that we can make informed decisions as consumers - will help create a healthier, more equitable food system.

The Food System:

  • The consolidation of the organic industry - A visual representation of the consolidation of the organic industry, by Dr. Phil Howard, Michigan State University
  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason.
  • "King Corn" tells the story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
  • Grassroots International - food sovereignty
  • Grieder, William. "The Last Farm Crisis." The Nation, Nov. 2, 2000.
  • "The Future of Food" - An in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
  • "The Price of Sugar" - This documentary follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.
  • The Eat Well Guide - Find listings for CSAs, as well as sustainable restaurants, co-ops and stores in your area.
  • "The Meatrix" - A humorous 4-minute animation that highlights the problems of factory farming.
  • Nourish: Food + Community - The purpose of Nourish is to open a broad public conversation about our food system that encourages citizen engagement, particularly among young people and families. To inform and inspire, Nourish combines television programming, short films, web content, and learning tools.
  • Local Food in Every Shopping Cart - 2-minute video from our friends at Red Tomato

Fair Trade & The Coffee Industry:

Sustainable Farming

Co-ops

Co-operative Economy