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We need to fix our broken food system—and science can help us do it. UCS food experts highlight solutions to ensure that every American has access to healthy, green, fair, affordable food.


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Organic Farming is Growing (But Not Everywhere)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the results of its latest survey of organic farmers, and there’s good news. Organic farming is up nationally, with 12,818 farms generating $6.2 billion in certified organic product sales in 2015, up 13 percent from 2014. But the survey shows that all states aren’t pursuing organic farming equally. And one of the top organic states may surprise you. Read more >

Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA/CC BY 2.0, Flickr
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Protecting and increasing soil carbon and soil health in agricultural soils is critical for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Photo: USDA-NRCS

Soil Carbon Can’t Fix Climate Change By Itself—But It Needs to Be Part of the Solution

, agroecologist

A rigorous study just published in the prestigious journal Science argues that soil alone cannot be can be counted on to save us from climate change. Yet the stark analysis does not undermine the importance of better understanding, protecting, and building carbon in soils (“carbon farming”). In fact, the findings reinforce the need for soil carbon science and action to remain priorities, especially when it comes to agriculture. Read more >

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New Research Documents That Sugar Industry’s Playbook Goes Way Back

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

It might not shock you to know that the sugar industry doesn’t have our best interests in mind. But would you be alarmed to find out that they consciously manipulated science in order to increase sugar consumption? And that they did so in the face of scientific evidence that sugar consumption was associated with chronic disease? Read more >

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Prisciliano Salvador, Ricardo J. Salvador (the author), Eufrasia Eugenio. Rio Cajonos, Oaxaca. 1977.

A Labor Day Story: The Life and Death of a Farmworker Fuels the Fight for Justice

, director, Food & Environment Program

The call came early on Labor Day. Prisciliano Salvador, 92 years of age, had passed away overnight in his birthplace, the Zapotec community of Yatzachi el Bajo, Oaxaca, Mexico. My uncle was a peasant farmer in his younger years, and a farm laborer in the United States from 1944 until he retired and returned to Oaxaca. He is one of the many reasons I’m consumed with my work to improve the food system so that none of us have to rely on the exploitation of others to eat each day. Read more >

Photo: Adrian Salvador
Photo: Willard Gillette.
Image scan: Ricardo J. Salvador
Image scan: Ricardo J. Salvador
Photo: Luis Ríos.
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A Labor Day Recipe for a Fairer Food System

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Labor day is meant to honor the contributions of workers to our collective prosperity and well-being. So what about the nation’s contribution to the well-being of workers, particularly food and farm workers? A new video from food writer and UCS Fellow Mark Bittman sheds light on the plight of these workers. Read more >

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