Category Archives: Food

Are You Loving It?

Young Oakland artists L.L.D.B., Pamela Arriera, and Taiwo Murray collaborated with AshEL SeaSunZ (of the green hip-hop group Earth Amplified) to write the track, using a beat created for the project by FX at Youth Uprising. Oakland video students at KDOL-TV helped produce the video, which was shot at People’s Grocery in West Oakland.

GMO OMG Film Released Today

“GMO OMG could be the film that bridges the knowledge gap for hundreds of thousands of Americans and allows us to reach that tipping point..” — Yahoo! Voices

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?


WhyHunger brings its unique assets and history to building a broad-based social movement to end hunger. Our set of core values rests on the understanding that solutions and innovation are often found in the grassroots. WhyHunger’s programs work to support these community-based organizations as they grow and develop, and bring new ideas and practices to creating a just food system that provides universal access to nutritious and affordable food.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

As a grassroots support organization WhyHunger provides capacity building services, technical support, and access to information and financial resources to community organizations implementing new ideas and developing groundbreaking projects to transform their communities. We build networks of grassroots organizations that share a vision of healthy, sustainable and self-reliant communities leading to greater mobilization and stronger advocacy to end poverty and hunger.

Thin Line

“Every ten seconds,
someone dies from diabetes
and in the time it’s taken me to recite this poem
fifteen people have died.”

Watch Ivori Holson outline the harmful effects of a sugary drink diet in “Thin Line” written and performed by Ivori for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Sugary drinks are the number one source of calorie’s in young people’s diets. Drinking one or two sugary drinks each day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 25%. Nearly 1 in 2 children of color born in the year 2000 will get diabetes in their lifetime…unless we do something about it. Raise your voice and join the conversation about diabetes.

What Does “Natural” Mean?


Not much..


Last year, according to Nielsen, foods labeled “natural” generated $43 billion in sales.That’s more than five times the figure for foods carrying an “organic” label ($8.9 billion).

Meat from livestock fed genetically modified corn, for example, can still be labeled “natural,” as can animals raised with regular doses of antibiotics. And the USDA has no regulations at all for labeling natural foods that do not contain meat or eggs.

More than half of those surveyed said that they specifically looked for a “natural” label on their foods.

There’s just one problem: There are no real federal regulations around the word “natural.”

Even with the lack of regulation, plaintiffs can sue companies individually for false advertising—and in recent years, consumers have done just that. In 2013, PepsiCo. agreed to a $9 million class action settlement fund after plaintiffs complained about Naked Juice’s “all natural” labeling that belied ingredients like genetically modified soy.


Regaining Ground

Rural Madison

High-Bionutrient Crop Production

Soil is a living, breathing, and self-healing entity made up of a complex web of living organisms. Uncountable numbers of bacteria, fungi, insects and protozoans interact with each other and break down and convert minerals from rocks into the compounds plants need to grow. In exchange, plants make a form of energy (sugars) by combining sunlight and water through photosynthesis.

There is a growing awareness of the benefits from increasing soil quality. The typical American consumer is not aware of how far the flavor, nutritional content, and shelf life of produce, dairy and meat have declined over the past sixty years. One cause of this decline is due to the physical loss of soils from erosion and mechanical tilling. Another is poor soil management and lack of understanding of how to support natural biological organisms. The greatest destruction of soils has come from the application of billions of tons of chemicals and poisons that have killed subsoil organisms vital for soil and plant health. Additionally, selective plant breeding has sacrificed appearance, taste, and nutrition for standardization and increased levels of production – quantity over quality.

Too often the food we eat doesn’t deliver the nutrition our bodies need to be truly healthy. Evidence is mounting that lack of adequate dietary nutrition is the cause of our rising rates of degenerative diseases.

Mineralize Madison is a simple program that will help growers test their soils and source, transport, and apply the right combination of minerals and organic soil amendments to stimulate the soil organisms that symbiotically assist plants in growing to their full potential.

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