unit 3 of our supplemental high school text, It's All Connected
chapter 5 of our middle school text, Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions
weeks 3 and 6 of our Newspapers in Education articles
Here is a list of recommended resources for teaching and learning about food security, including topics such as foodsheds, hunger, obesity, and garden education.
End Childhood Hunger
Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength offers programs through which students can Investigate the food needs in their community and address those needs by planning a food drive, restocking a local food pantry, or participating in the Great American Bake Sale to end childhood hunger in the United States.
Action Project | Free
Getting Started, A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
Center for Ecoliteracy
This guide shows how teachers and students can become advocates for community gardens or plan and develop their own gardens at school. The produce that is harvested can make healthy snacks for the class or be donated to a local food pantry.
Anno's Magic Seeds
In this 40-page book, Jack finds his harvest dessimated after a storm, but since he had been keeping reserve seeds from his harvest every year he was still able feed his family.
Book | ISBN 9780698116184 | $
Agriculture for Children DVD and Video Series
This video series shows field trips to the farms, factories, and markets that provide us with the food we eat, clothing we wear, and places we live. Viewers follow the journey food makes from farms to our tables; learn how crops are grown and harvested, prepared, packaged, and transported to stores; and discover how technology has influenced all phases of food production. Sites range from orchards to rice fields, and the series explores how climate and weather affect the types of crops people grow and the kinds of animals they raise.
Video | $
Vrrrooommm! Farming for K-I-D-S
Exploring a modern farm and its seasonal preparation, planting, growing, and harvesting procedures, this 30-minute video shows how technology is linked to agriculture, the use of natural resources, and transportation.
Video | UPC 799399199494 | $
The Food and Agricultural Organization
The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization leads international efforts to end hunger, serving both developed and developing countries.
Website | Free
This site is a nationwide directory of farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and other local and sustainable food sources.
World Food Program
The World Food Program helps aid hungry people by responding to emergencies with food supplies and also works to prevent hunger by building stronger communities in areas without stable food supplies.
Website | Free
Agroecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture through Social Networks
Keith Douglass Warner
This 296-page book describes case studies of ways in which growers, scientists, agricultural organizations, and public agencies have developed innovative, ecologically-based techniques to reduce chemical usage on farms.
Book | ISBN 9780262731805 | $
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Gary Paul Nabhan
This 336-page book chronicles a year spent by the author eating only from his local foodshed (growing, fishing, and gathering).
Book | ISBN 0393020177 | $
Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America
Christopher M. Bacon
This 408-page book uses global and local case studies to exemplify the promise and the perils of efforts to create a more sustainable coffee industry.
Book | ISBN 9780262026338 | $
Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance
This 328-page book demonstrates how transnational corporations have been central to the development of the global food system and how these global corporations play a key role in the establishment of rules and regulations by which they themselves are governed.
Book | ISBN 9780262512374 | $
Food and the Mid-Level Farm: Renewing an Agriculture of the Middle
Thomas A. Lyson
This 320-page book examines how midsize family-operated farms are finding it more difficult to find and reach markets for their products. It also discusses how strategies for creating a food system that works for midsize farms and ranches.
Book | ISBN 9780262122993 | $
This 304-page book reveals how some farm workers face hazardous conditions, how low-income neighborhoods often lack supermarkets, and how the reach of American fast-food franchises are impacting local and global communities. The book then examines emerging food justice movements and their impacts.
Book | ISBN 9780262072915 | $
Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé
This 400-page book includes the stories of subsistence farmers from five continents, along with an analysis of hunger, calls for action, learning resources, and recipes.
Book | ISBN 9781585422371 | $
What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets
This 335-page book features a photographic collection of 80 people from 30 countries and the food they eat in one day.
Book | ISBN 0393317447 | $
Factory Farm Map
Food & Water Watch
Use this interactive map to find out how many CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are in your neighborhood. The map can be filtered to show different animal types and years.
Real Time Farms
This crowd-sourced food guide enables users to trace their food back to the farm it came from, whether staying in or dining out. Restaurants can publish their menus and connect consumers, on a per ingredient basis, to the images, stories, and growing practices of each producer.
Interactive Map | Free
Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems
Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations
This 8-page PDF looks at how sustainable food systems impact food security and nutrition.
PDF | Free
Micha X. Peled
This 88-minute video explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture.
Video | $
Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.
Video Clip | Free
Michael Pollan and Marija Jacimovic
Based on Michael Pollan's talk "Food Rules" given at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, this 2-minute animation demonstrates the inequitable distribution of food and the importance of eating a plant-based diet.
Super Size Me
In this 96-minute video, Morgan Spurlock documents his experiment to eat nothing but three McDonald's meals a day for 30 consecutive days, providing an entertaining and disturbing narrative about the cultural trend toward obesity.
Video | UPC 043396085435 | $
Basic Information about Food Waste
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA reports on the amount of food that winds up in landfills across the United States and suggests ways to eliminate this waste.
Website | Free
Informed by a vast network of activist-researchers, Food First’s analysis and educational resources support communities and social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Food First gives you the tools to understand our global food system, and to build your local food movement from the ground up.
Good Food on a Tight Budget
Stretching your dollars to get a month's worth of healthy, filling food is a challenge. Environmental Working Group assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
For recommendations about which seafood products to avoid or buy, check out Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch guide.
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