Want to dig a little deeper? Here are some of my favorite tools for finding out more about how you can be more Farm Friendly:
I found the most amazing heirloom corn meals and hominy through Bioneers. Log onto this site to help protect biodiversity.
Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety works to change public policy through public education and legal action.
Chefs Collaborative is a national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking. Users can search a database of member restaurants that create sustainably produced, delicious meals.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
Support CISA and their “Be a Local Hero Campaign” by supporting local growers with their grocery dollars, attending events, and donating to the organization.
You may be familiar with Consumers Union through their publication, Consumer Reports. Their online tool, Greener Choices, helps users navigate toward greener purchasing options. Their eco-label tool provides a matrix of food labels and their meanings that is updated as new ones hit the market.
Eat Well Guide
This site offers a powerful search engine that allows you to find real food near you!
Features the country’s most extensive list of suppliers of pasture-raised products.
A National network of local magazines that point eaters to all of the noble, delicious things their communities have to offer.
Environmental Working Group
This group’s team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers, and computer programmers sifts through government data, legal documents, scientific studies, and laboratory tests to expose threats to health and the environment, and to find solutions. They publish a yearly shopper’s guide, a “dirty dozen” of the 12 most pesticide-laden crops in the produce aisle.
A collaboration of musicians, including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, farmers, and eaters united to support growers everywhere.
Food Routes Network
FRN provides information about eating local foods and tools for leading buy fresh, buy local eating initiatives in your area.
An incredibly useful tool for finding local food. This site includes a rich database, searchable by map, city/state, or zipcode, of CSAs, markets, restaurants, and co-ops that offer local items. The site also offers farm profiles and lists of books and other websites for more information.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The aquarium does more than educate visitors about the fish in its tanks. It provides information about the living seas and the importance of protecting their creatures. On this site you can learn more about sustaining life in our waters – an issue that is desperately urgent – and download a pocket guide to eating seafood that is caught responsibly.
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
A source for education and advocacy regarding Sustainable Agriculture issues.
Northeast Organic Farmers Association
A non-profit organization of nearly 4,000 farmers, gardeners, and eaters working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices, and a cleaner environment. It has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Organic Consumers Association
A hub of information and action campaigns for topics concerning food safety, organic agriculture, Fair Trade, and sustainability.
Organic Trade Association
A trade organization that promotes organic businesses in North America. The “organic and you” section of the site provides information about organic issues for eaters and practical tips for reducing chemical residues through one’s lifestyle choices.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Provides unbiased scientific research on sustainability issues such as the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms into our environment and the condition of marine life.
Established in the mid-forties by J.I. Rodale as a reaction to the growing dependence on chemical applications in agriculture. The Rodale Institute currently conducts research on developing and promoting regenerative farming techniques. Their motto is Healthy Soil=Healthy Food=Healthy People.®
Slow Food is an international organization that celebrates local flavors and works to preserve endangered plant and animal species and artisanal processes from disappearing into the abyss of industrialized food production. Slow Food sponsors a range of tastings, lectures and other events to enjoy the Real Food they are working to support. Log onto their website to find a local chapter, called a convivium, near you.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Stone Barns is my place to go when I need to recharge my sustainability batteries. You can stroll over the gorgeous grounds, communing with the pasture raised birds, pigs, and sheep. Take in an enlightening lecture in the Haybarn. Or have your tastebuds tingled in the Blue Hill restaurant or the cafe where Dan Barber and his team complete the field to fork experience. Stone Barns is a true home for those who want a better food future.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
A project of the USDA to support sustainable agriculture through research and grants. Their site provides information about sustainability and searchable listings for farmers’ markets and CSAs.
Your handy online primer to eating sustainably.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Founded in 1969 by the faculty and students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This group of scientists conducts technical studies on renewable energy options, the impacts of global warming, the risks of genetically engineered crops, and other related topics.
United States Department of Agriculture
Bitter Harvest : A Chef’s Perspective on the Hidden Danger in the Foods We Eat and What You Can Do About It
Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
W.W. Norton, 2004
Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods
Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Harper Perennial, 2009
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture
Foundation for Deep Ecology, 2002
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
University of California Press, 2007
NourishingTraditions: The Cookbook That Challenge Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
Sally Fallon, Mary G. Enig
NewTrends Publishing, 2001
The Omnivore’s Dilemma:A Natural History of Four Meals
The Real Food Revival: Aisle by Aisle, Morsel by Morsel
Sherri Brooks Vinton and Ann Clark Espuelas
J.P. Tarcher, 2005
Sandor Ellix Katz
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003