YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table
Sustainable Table, a program of Grace Communications Foundation, celebrates sustainable food, educates consumers about food-related issues, and works to build community through food. In addition to providing detailed information about key issues, Sustainable Table offers tools and resources to help people make better food choices, empowering them to change the food system as savvy consumers and well-informed advocates.
Here are three resources from Sustainable Table, plus one from Grace Communication Foundation's Water Program:
"Real Food Right Now and How To Cook It" is a series about seasonal ingredients from the Sustainable Table blog, Ecocentric. Learn the history, sustainability issues and nutrition of a variety of fascinating ingredients like fava beans, fiddleheads, kohlrabi, edible flowers, and more! Ask your students to research an ingredient they are less familiar with. For an extra challenge, have students find and prepare one of the foods and bring it in to share!
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The Meatrix is an award-winning viral film series that uses pop culture and entertainment to educate viewers about the food they eat and where it comes from. A spoof of The Matrix, these films educate viewers about factory farming but also offer simple solutions to support sustainable food and agriculture. The Meatrix website offers information on the issues surrounding factory farming, as well as alternatives to conventionally-raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs. The website also features The Meatrix Interactive 360°, a tool to help people learn about factory farming, with in depth information on the issues. The Meatrix is a great resource to tackle the difficult issue of factory farming in a way that is accessible to students.
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As you teach your students about food and sustainability, don't just explore the problems, get them excited about taking action. Action can be as simple as buying one sustainable food item each week or as far-reaching as working to change the whole industrial food system. Show your students a list of 5 Things Consumers Can Do for a sustainable food system, and share Sustainable Table's downloadable handouts to help them learn more about the problems and the solutions.
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Water connects to almost every aspect of our lives. The Water Footprint Calculator, another great resource from Grace Communications, will help students explore how they use water, estimate their household’s water footprint and learn ways to conserve. You'll be amazed at how much water you use in a day!
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Want more sustainable learning tools?
• Learn about Food Waste and how to reduce it.
• In the Kitchen has resources on how to shop and cook sustainably.
• Explore these helpful Questions to Ask farmers to ensure that you’re purchasing sustainably raised, healthful foods.
- Curriculum & Resources: The Food Project
The Food Project not only grows good produce, it grows good people. Just as important, The Food Project is a resource on sustainable communities.
- Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
Today, at a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing her biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature herself is the best teacher.
- 8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement
How to turn a lawn into lunch, swap preserves, glean, boost your food security, live the good life.
The above resources accompany the January 2014 Education Connections Newsletter
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