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57 (The Average Age of the American Farmer)

57 is the average age of US farmers. See what’s next in education and green collar jobs.

Food Security

Food: deserts, security, sovereignty — terms, culture and politics for feeding the world.

Urban Farming

Farming on rooftops and in vacant lots connects urbanites to where their food comes from.


Agriculture depends on water. Find out where our water comes from and how to conserve it.

Land Trust

Land trusts can keep farms afloat when the real estate is worth more than the yield.


GMO labeling advocates want consumers to know about all the ingredients in their food.

Fair Trade vs. Direct Trade

When you buy food, you’re buying values, values of those who grow, transport and sell it.


Learn how and why nearly 80% of antibiotics in the U.S. are used on healthy animals.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is an ideal rooted in the choices we make as consumers and producers.


Food has characteristics defined by geography and climate. The French have a word for that


Nearly 1/3 of the fish we buy isn’t what the label says. Can we trace their origins?

Grass Fed

From feedlots to pastures, learn about cattle farming, grass- and corn-fed beef.

Unconventional Agriculture

See how unconventional farmers are working with nature, not against it.


Learn the importance of protecting the culture and biodiversity of seeds.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What if you could buy fresh fruit and vegetables each week, grown by a local farmer?

Economies of Community

Economies of community help people connect, build and rebuild local food systems.

Wheat or White?

Learn the difference between whole wheat and white and meet the people preserving grains.

Food Waste

Learn how people are rescuing "ugly" food by composting, redistributing and eating wisely.

Local vs. Organic

What’s more important, that your food is organic or you know who and where it comes from?

True Cost Accounting: The Real Cost of Cheap Food

True cost accounting helps consumers understand the real cost of the food they buy.

The Story of an Egg

Learn the real story behind such terms as cage free, free range, and pasture raised.


As consumers take increased responsibility for what they eat, many become locavores.


Our earliest descendants were hunter/gatherers who foraged for their food.

About The Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: people can't be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don't even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.

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