GRACE Communications Foundation builds partnerships and develops innovative media strategies that increase public awareness of the relationships among food, water and energy systems. By mobilizing philanthropic resources and collaborating with like-minded non-profits and academic institutions, we educate consumers and advocate for policies that:
GRACE’s food program, Sustainable Table®, works to create a safe, healthy, fair food system by educating people about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and providing tools and resources to empower them to make better food choices.
Sustainable Table offers comprehensive information about food and farming, ranging from introductory to in-depth; practical tips for buying and cooking with sustainable foods; handouts, factsheets and other resources for teachers; and a range of actions we can all take to promote the transition to a sustainable food future. Our projects include: The Meatrix® – an award-winning series of animated movies depicting the ills of industrial livestock production, and Eat Well Guide® – a curated online directory of 25,000+ farms, stores, restaurants, CSAs and other sources of sustainably produced foods.
GRACE's Water Program promotes clean water, sustainable water use and a greater understanding of how our actions affect our water resources. We focus largely on the tremendous amount of “hidden water” involved in producing the goods and services we use every day. Our innovative Water Footprint Calculator allows users to estimate their household water footprint and learn how to save water. We also offer a child-friendly animated video and accompanying materials called “Aqua: Conserve Water”.
Our program’s resources include topic pages and water-saving tips that help people make water conservation part of daily life. We explain how the protection and sustainable use of our water resources benefits everyone – whether at an individual, community or national level – and how such measures can offer positive solutions, not just for the water system, but for our food and energy systems as well.
GRACE's Energy Program promotes clean energy, focusing on renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency. We also shed light on the environmental effects of conventional power generation and highlight the interdependencies among food, water and energy systems through topics like hydrofracking, biofuels and power plant water use.
The program produces in-depth reports and online resources to raise awareness of emerging issues to help advocates, policymakers and the general public stay informed of the rapidly changing world of energy production and efficiency. We illustrate how the transition to a clean energy future will benefit not only the sustainability and security of our energy system, but our food and water systems as well.
We highlight the connections among food, water and energy, promoting a sustainable future through our projects including:
Heirloom varieties of this week’s real food trend toward the exotic and include Rat’s Tail, Plum Purple, Easter Egg, White Hailstone, Chinese Red Meat, Helios and China Rose. Spicy and crunchy, radishes are great pickled but perhaps best served with a dab of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Last week, drafts of the nearly $955 billion 2013 Farm Bill legislation were passed through both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The wild, wacky odyssey towards a new five-year farm bill continues - to what end is still unclear. Ahead: floor debates in the Senate and the House.
A new report from Food & Water Watch reveals the extreme lengths to which the US State Department will go to quell foreign resistance and help open new markets for biotech companies abroad.
All week long, we follow stories in food, water and energy and publish synopses of them, which you can find in the column to the right. Each Friday, we publish a roundup. Here’s our latest Eco News!