May 23, 2016, 6am PDT
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs originally let local buyers support local growers. But with a rise in subscription-based "food box" clubs, it's getting harder to say what a real CSA looks like.
April 29, 2016, 7am PDT
The UN's Habitat III conference will be held in October of this year. Thomas Forster argues that urban areas are being considered in isolation, without enough attention to rural areas and food systems.
September 29, 2013, 5am PDT
A team of Canadian MBA students has won $1 million to alleviate urban hunger with insect-based foods, reports Mary Jander.
February 11, 2013, 10pm PST
Most plants grown for food require significant amounts of water - water that Los Angeles doesn't have. How does one identify the point at which local isn't sustainable?
June 28, 2012, 9am PDT
One of the ways we identify places is by foods for which those places are known. Baltimore – crab. Maine – lobster. Cincinnati – chili. San Francisco – sourdough bread. Vienna – pastry. Even for a city to which you’ve never been, chances are that in your mind that city has some food association.
March 2, 2012, 5pm PST
Returning to San Francisco from a trip to New York City, I
ruminated on my first experience of staying in midtown in the city in which I
was raised. The city is different, of course. Times Square has fulfilled its Blade
Runner destiny, and blue Grecian “Greatest Coffee in the World” cups have
been supplanted with those from Starbucks. What stayed with me, however, was a
brief exchange with another attendee of the same conference for which I was in
town. “Everything is so expensive” she lamented. “I see people with yogurts and
sandwiches and other things that don’t seem to cost too much, but I don’t know
where they get them.” “Oh, there’s plenty of stuff around here” I replied. “You
just have to look.”
November 28, 2011, 2pm PST
Faced with climate change and poverty, Africans are focusing on a new farming frontier: the cities.
October 7, 2011, 8am PDT
Colorado has been heralded as the trimmest state in the country, but NPR reports that residents' weight is still on the rise.
September 15, 2011, 9am PDT
Travel+Leisure polls its readers for the best cities for foodies, with New Orleans taking the top spot.
August 25, 2011, 11am PDT
Cities across the country are making efforts to encourage people to buy locally and support the local economy. Food is the main target for local boosters.
June 4, 2011, 9am PDT
In this food-focused installment of a series on "great places", <em>Grist</em>'s Tom Philpott argues that food system as currently structured creates the opposite of great places.
May 20, 2011, 3pm PDT
A comment I hear frequently from planners is that the focus on food and planning is “trendy”. I must admit that this puzzles me quite a bit. Professional planners in rural areas have concentrated on planning for agriculture – food planning – for decades. Before we had professional planners, human populations planned their communities around food, whether they were planning how best to follow herds for hunting, structuring early agricultural societies, or developing the first cities where food proximity and trade were central considerations.
May 13, 2011, 5am PDT
Access to healthy food is a major issue in public health. But just because there's a grocery store nearby doesn't mean health will improve. One entrepreneur looking at supermarket design says the way stores are laid out negatively affects health.
January 25, 2011, 5am PST
The rural Midwest produces much of our nation's food supply, and yet small towns in the heartland and around America are increasingly and ironically becoming food deserts - places where citizens have little access to fresh, healthy foods.
January 24, 2011, 8am PST
A new project is seeking to create the first citywide, comprehensive urban agriculture plan for New York City.
January 22, 2011, 7am PST
Officials in Jordan are moving closer to creating an ambitious project aimed at producing food, fresh water and energy in the Sahara Desert.
September 16, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>Grist</em>'s food editor visits Detroit, where the lack of grocery stores has inspired a number of innovative, locally-grown food projects.
August 19, 2010, 1pm PDT
With her Foodprint project, Nicola Twilley wondered what one could learn about a city by looking at it through the lens of food. In this piece on <em>Urban Omnibus</em> she shares what she's learned.
August 10, 2010, 8am PDT
Urban agriculture is not a new idea. <em>Grist</em>'s Tom Philpott says the renewed interest in the idea should look for good ideas from its past.
July 3, 2010, 1pm PDT
The City of Baltimore has appointed a new "food czar" to look at food health and access issues in the city. In the broader senses, though, officials in the city look at this new position as a part of their sustainability planning.