Posts Tagged ‘Nourishing the Planet in the news’

Jan17

OP-ED: Organic Farming Movement Marginal but Growing Worldwide

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Check out this op-ed published in the Inter Press Service news agency, about Worldwatch’s recent Vital Signs report on organic agriculture.

The article discusses the benefits and opportunities of organic farming worldwide. Irganic farmland has grown more than threefold since 1999; in this time, certified organic products have created a niche market, allowing farmers to earn premium prices over conventional products, particularly when selling to supermarkets or restaurants.

To read the full article, click here.

Nov22

This Thanksgiving, Celebrate Traditional Food Production

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Nourishing the Planet wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!

Check out this op-ed published in Arizona’s Sierra Vista Herald by Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg and research intern Hong Gao. The article discusses the importance of supporting traditional Indigenous food production and culture, on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

Click here to read the full article.

Oct19

When Every Drop Counts: The Need for Conservation and Improved Water Management in Agriculture

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Check out this op-ed published in the Des Moines Register by Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg and Research Associate Sophie Wenzlau. The article discusses the need for smart water use on farms in Iowa and around the world.

This week in Des Moines, the World Food Prize Foundation is celebrating Dr. Daniel Hillel’s critical work in micro-irrigation in the Middle East. As Iowa and many parts of the United States suffer from prolonged and severe drought, it is quickly becoming clear that conserving water use in agriculture can play a key role in sustainable food production.

To read the entire article, click here.

Oct16

Food Security is an Industry Issue

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Check out this article published on FoodNavigator.com, in which Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg speaks about the importance of fostering global food security.

The food industry could be a powerful player in ensuring food security – and that makes sense from both an ethical and a business perspective, according to Nierenberg.

Read the full article here.

Sep10

Nourishing the Planet in Forbes

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Nourishing the Planet was featured in a Forbes article, “Want More than Food Porn? Try These Info-Filled Sites,” published this morning. The article lists four websites that “help visualize serious issues for interested viewers.”

Nourishing the Planet, the article writes, “has an overall fresh new look and feel to their site and they run several informative food and agriculture blogs.”

Read the entire article here.

Aug20

At Back-to-School Time, Let’s Press for Healthy Eating

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Check out our latest op-ed about improving school meals and students’ eating habits, published in The Montreal Gazette. The Gazette is the largest English language daily in the province of Quebec, and has a weekly print circulation of 1,094,653.

It’s almost time for kids to go back to school. But for many children in Montreal, this means a return to unhealthy school lunches that jeopardize their health and well-being. Schools can play a key role in reversing this trend and reinforcing healthy eating behaviors.

Read the full article here.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE.

Aug14

Helping Poor Children Avoid Poor Diets

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Check out our latest op-ed about improving school meals and students’ eating habits, published in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, one of the largest daily newspapers in the United States with a daily print circulation of over 220,000.

For many children in Austin and around the country, heading back to school means a return to terribly unhealthy school lunches fried chicken, pizza pockets, corn dogs, and desserts loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. But by emphasizing hands-on nutrition education, such as school garden projects and classroom cooking demonstrations, and by providing fresh, local fruits and vegetables in cafeterias, schools can encourage students to improve their diets.

Click here to read the full article.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE.

Aug07

Healthier Kids: School Programs Improve Eating Patterns

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The Syracuse Post-Standard published an op-ed co-written by Danielle Nierenberg, director of the Nourishing the Planet project and Sophie Wenzlau, communications associate with the Nourishing the Planet project.

The article focuses on innovative school lunch programs that are making children healthier in upstate New York. With childhood obesity and malnutrition affecting many of our nation’s children, schools play an increasingly important role in reversing this trend and reinforcing healthy eating habits. More schools nationwide need to incorporate hands-on nutrition education and provide local, nutritious and tasty food on student’s school lunch trays.

Click here to read the full article.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one-minute book trailer, click HERE.

Jun22

Al Jazeera Video: “G20 Leaders Discuss Brazil’s Slums”

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Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg was featured on Al Jazeera English where she called for increased emphasis on women’s health and reproductive rights at the Rio+20 Conference.


“If women have access to the resources they need…they can make a real impact,” said Nierenberg. “Study after study shows that the more women are educated, the fewer children they have.”

The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, took place this week just miles from sprawling slums like Manguinhoes, where lack of access to contraceptives or reproductive health services has caused rapid population growth.

What innovations or programs do you know of that are advancing women’s health and reproductive rights?

Jun22

African Land Fertile Ground for Crops and Investors

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Danielle Nierenberg, director of Nourishing the Planet, was featured in a National Public Radio piece, “African Land Fertile Ground for Crops and Investors,” on Friday, June 15.

The article discusses the relationship between and future for commercial and small-scale farming in Africa, interviewing representatives from both perspectives. Jes Tarp, CEO of Aslan Global Management, is helping to finance a farm called Rei do Agro in Mozambique with the hope of “building wealth in the community.” On the topic of Rei do Agro, Jake Walters of Mozambique operations for Technoserve, agrees that big companies bring value to farmers because they employ more people. Danielle Nierenberg disagrees with Walters, stating “there are better alternatives” for small farmers than growing a single crop on a mega-farm.

However, Walters and Nierenberg do agree that compromise can exist between support for small farmers and mega-farm operations.

Click here to read the full article.