Sustainable Agriculture

Explores the balance between feeding a growing global population without compromising the environment, animal or human welfare, and food safety.

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Soil Microbes in the Spotlight

The beneficial qualities of soil microbes (i.e. good bacteria) are enabling farmers to reduce agricultural inputs and increase yield, thus helping them do more with less in order

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D2D on the Farm: Support Local Farms

Consumers love buying locally grown produce. But it seems consumers are also dictating how farmers should grow their crops. This is influencing how farmers do their job.

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Dirt-to-Dinner Journey: Coffee

Do you know where your coffee comes from? How it is grown, harvested, processed, and roasted? Coffee is so much more than a wonderful morning pick-me-up.

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D2D on the Farm: America’s Salad Bowl

Did you know that 80% of the leafy greens and berries grown in the USA during the spring, summer, and fall come from the same region? Join D2D as we explore the farms of Salinas Valley, CA!

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D2D on the Farm: GMOs

This week D2D visited a CSA farm in Boynton Beach, FL. One of the most interesting conversations we had was about one of the most heavily debated topics in Ag. You guessed it…GMOs.

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Sustainable Ag Series: NGOs

What is sustainability? How do non-government organizations (NGOs), corporations, governments, farmers, and consumers address sustainability? And how does this affect you, your food, and the environment?

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Out of the Air and into the Soil

The importance of healthy soil cannot be underestimated. Healthy soil has a direct impact on food security and our environment. But world soils are in the infirmary. They need more carbon to bring them back to health. Can we take carbon out of the air, and put it back into soils?

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Let’s Byte into Ag

There’s an increasingly widespread— and extremely important— ingredient in our global food system…It’s not a new nutrient. Not a preservative. Not a new flavoring. Not a new GMO.
And certainly not another other food ingredient….

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The Bright Side of Carbon Dioxide

While we are constantly inundated with the potentially dire consequences of climate change, what we don’t hear about is how increased levels of carbon dioxide actually helps plants grow. Trees and crops thrive on CO2 and grow faster and better with more carbon in the air. This CO2 fertilization effect has positive implications to help feed our growing population.

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Water, Water…Everywhere?

Farmers are relying on technology to grow our food more efficiently and with less water. D2D was curious about these water-saving technologies and whether they can help keep our rivers, lakes, and groundwater intact for future generations.

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Soil: It is much more than Dirt

Have you ever thought about what lies beneath our feet? Soil is responsible for 95% of the food we eat and supports human life in multiple ways. Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People. What is healthy soil and why do we care?

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Waste Not, Want Not

Food loss and waste is a problem that hasn’t gone away. Despite aggressive efforts across the entire food supply chain— from the farm to food production and even your dinner plate— much more work needs to be done in order to deal with this important global problem. A significant portion of food waste occurs in our own kitchens! So, how can YOU help with this critical issue?

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Food Safety at Farmers’ Markets

Summer is almost here! Soon farmers’ markets will be bustling as consumers flock to buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and even meat from local farmers. While we at D2D enjoy shopping at the occasional farmer’s market, we had to ask ourselves – what food safety regulation applies to the food there? The same as or different than the fruits and vegetables we buy at the grocery store?

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When is “Science” Truly Science?

The phrase “new research shows…” might not always give the most dependable health information. In this information age, we are constantly bombarded with and have easy access to copious amounts of info and data about health-related research findings including ones claiming to have supporting scientific evidence. But how do you know the scientific evidence is based on sound science? As consumers, its important to determine whether the findings of new scientific studies are reliable and which are not?

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What’s the Buzz on Bees

Agriculture and pollinators and are in a sticky situation. Many farmers depend on insecticides to protect or prevent their crops from chewing insects— but many crops depend on insects for pollination. Headlines shout, “without pollinators, we have no food!” And while that statement is absolutely true, the answer to the decline in honey bee and other pollinator populations is much more complex than just the use of pesticides. So, what do you need to know about this issue? Here is the buzz…

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Such a Waste!

What if, every day, you bought three bananas and threw one away? Approximately one-third of global food is wasted every year. If all of us reduced our food waste, we can help the global fight to feed a hungry and growing population. We can also preserve our natural resources and protect our environment.

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Farming from the Thermosphere

With the advancement of drone and satellite technology, “precision farming” is taking on a whole new dimension. These technologies help farmers monitor their crops, track animal health, protect the environment, and save resources, like money and time. So, how are these tools used and where are they headed?

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Ready for the RoundUp?

As the herbicide connected to GM crops, glyphosate is being shamed by environmental groups, claiming it can cause a host of terrible diseases including cancer, obesity, and even autism. Is the product that has been deemed safe for 40 years and is readily available at Home Depot and other garden stores really dangerous to our health?

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The History of Genetically Modified Produce

The GMO controversy has spread from “big ag” corn and soybeans to fruits and vegetables. One-sided narratives from anti-GMO groups have made it difficult for the consumer to get completely unbiased information. We examined the history of genetically modified produce and asked the produce industry how they feel about GM crops.

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An Unlikely Partnership: Agriculture + Social Media

Social media often influences a consumer’s buying behavior, loyalty to brands, and even opinions on the health content of a product. It has the power to elevate a brand’s stature and the power to bring a company to its knees. In terms of the food supply chain, social media has provided a means to demand transparency— and agricultural enterprises are responding.

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CRISPR

CRISPR is a gene editing technology that is giving us a new look on how we can edit any living being by altering a gene. The possibilities are endless with CRISPR/Cas9. Let’s see how CRISPR is beginning to affect and enhance our agricultural food supply system.

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Dear New York Times,

The New York Times recently published an article claiming “extensive examination” of the data provides evidence that genetically modified (GM) or engineered (GE) crops have not lived up to their most basic promises that they increased crop yields and reduced overall chemical pesticide usage. Dirt-to-Dinner summarizes the reaction to the article by respected researchers and scientists.

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GMOs – A Refresher

Through various non-GMO initiatives, GMOs have a pretty bad public reputation. But you have been mislead. Read on to learn all you need to know about GMOs.

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The Challenges of Indoor Farming

Reducing environmental stress, economic prosperity, and the ability to provide local produce year round are some of the benefits of indoor farming. But what are the challenges? Why hasn’t more growing moved indoors?

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Meet The ‘Ponics

Salad from a rooftop? Tomatoes grown in a warehouse? Microgreens in a freight car? Welcome to the new world of “‘Ponics” and indoor agriculture.

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Conventional…or Organic?

While products labeled as “USDA Organic” have adhered to strict growing guidelines, “conventional agriculture” (which still produces the majority of our nation’s food) is strictly regulated as well.

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GMO Labeling is Pointless

Vermont legislation has announced that effective July 1, the state will require all foods that are made with GMOs to be labeled as such. You might be thinking, “So? What is all the fuss about? Isn’t transparency a good thing?” While that reasoning sounds logical, in this case it does not make sense.

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Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

You will be making a healthy choice whether you choose wild salmon or farmed salmon. Just look for the ASC or MSC labelling to make sure you are eating fish that has been raised, or caught, with the safest and healthiest sustainable practices.

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Understanding GMOs: The Big Picture

Genetically modified crops help our farmers produce more food per acre, and help reduce water use and pesticides. For all these benefits, why are they so heavily criticized?

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Different Kinds of GMOs

No doubt GMOs are complicated and hard to understand. But they help farmers use fewer chemicals and less water. GMOs also have the potential to add nutritional content to food. Keep reading to learn more about GMOs.

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