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A Tale of Two Supermarkets: One Transition Town’s Efforts to Respond to Gentrification
Sarah Byrnes and Jeanette Origel, Institute for Policy Studies, May 19, 2015

It takes much more than one project or policy to address gentrification; it takes a movement.

Interactive Factory Farm Map
Food and Water Watch, May 2015

Take a look at Food and Water Watch’s newest Factory Farm Map to see where there are factory farms near you and what you can do to stop them.

Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change
Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2014

Learn how to navigate the food policy system and join in efforts to make healthy, affordable food part of your community’s landscape.

Double Up Food Bucks: 5-Year Report
Fair Food Network, August 2014

This program grew from a small pilot in Detroit to a statewide success story that supported more than 200,000 low-income families and more than 1,000 farmers in 2013 alone.

“Our Food is Dishonestly Priced”
By Michael Pollen, Truthout, Jan. 26, 2014

The Food Movement’s next goal is justice for food workers. Genetic Engineering, Food, and Our Environment By Luke Anderson The ideal book about genetic engineering for the general reader. It’s short, clear, easy to understand and gives you all the basic information you need to know.

“The Healthy Farmland Diet”
The Union of Concerned Scientists, 2013

Eating healthier food would not only be good for our bodies; it would also improve the health of our farmland, our environment and our rural communities.

“The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking”
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, Jan. 30, 2013

As more of the United States’ natural gas supply comes from fracking, more of the nitrogen fertilizer farmers use will come from fracked natural gas.

“What India Taught Me About How to End Hunger”
Frances Moore Lappe, Yes! Magazine, Jan. 29, 2013

Back in the ’60s, Frances Moore Lappé realized that hunger is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. Then, a collective of courageous women farmers showed her how to change that.

“Detroit’s Good Food Cure”
Larry Gabriel, Yes! Magazine, Sept. 6, 2012

What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food?

“Food Security and Economic Justice: A Faith-Based Study Guide”
National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 2011

This study guide offers a Catholic reflection on hunger and poverty and a call to action and justice.

“CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations”

Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists, April 2008

This report analyzes both the policies that have facilitated the growth of CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) and the enormous costs they impose on society.

Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table”
Jennifer Halteman Schrock, Presbyterian Church USA, 2006

Designed for high school students and adults, the curriculum aims to bring daily eating habits, the Christian faith and the “needs of the broader world” into dialogue.


Online videos

The Meatrix
Free Range Graphics, 2003

The Meatrix, a humorous flash-animation parody of The Matrix, features Moopheus, a shadowy cow character in sunglasses and trench coat, and Leo, a happy pig living on a small family farm.

The Meatrix II: Revolting
Free Range Graphic, 2006

The Meatrix II introduces a new twist – the ugly truth about how factory dairy farm animals are raised, what they eat and their horrendous living conditions.

Watch Your Foodometer
Molly Schwartz and Donna Schaper, The Nation, June 25, 2007

Video artist Molly Schwartz traces how far food travels from field to fork. Donna Schaper offers a meditation on fast food and slow.

Store Wars
Free Range Studios

This exclusive Web short film parodies the classic movie Star Wars to useful information about buying locally grown organic food, in an entertaining and light-hearted format.


Web Links

The Center for Food Safety

CFS is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives.

Institute for Food and Development Policy

The institute’s mission is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

The site features the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, funding opportunities and more.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists works to create a food system that encourages innovative and environmentally sustainable ways to produce high-quality, safe and affordable food.