Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon is deputy director of programs for the GRACE Communications Foundation. He assists the director of programs in leading GRACE's programmatic work and staff and helps to ensure that the projects are cohesive, strategic and effectively implemented. Peter works on issues including the food, water and energy nexus, water footprinting and sustainable seafood. He writes reports, creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. Peter has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, AlterNet and EcoWatch. Prior to GRACE, Peter worked on coastal policy, watershed management, land use planning and public outreach at the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Peter received an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in Geography from the University of New Hampshire. He sometimes forces himself awake before dawn so he can take a long, groggy subway ride to the beach to surf.

How Grassfed Beef Can Go Mainstream

The grassfed beef market is growing rapidly, yet this more sustainably and ethically produced meat is still a niche product in the US. A new report, however, says the grassfed beef industry can jump into the mainstream if it addresses several challenges throughout its supply chain, from producers to consumers.

Can Factory Farm Divestment Work?

Factory farming accounts for nearly all animal agriculture in the US despite the environmental, animal welfare and public health costs. A growing movement is urging investors to consider the risks they expose themselves to by aligning their money with factory farming, and how it could prove to be a bad gamble.

How Prescribing Local, Sustainable Produce Can Tackle Food Insecurity

Dr. Brian Frank practices family medicine Portland, Oregon and is part of a growing movement in health care that helps food insecure patients access healthy, locally-grown produce through community supported agriculture, vouchers for farmers' markets and "food pharmacies" at hospitals. Such forward-thinking strategies are a win-win for both patients and local economies.

Five Food and Agriculture Rules Caught Up in Trump's Regulatory Freeze

The Trump Administration recently implemented a freeze directing agencies to delay all new rules that have yet to be implemented and withdraw any rules that had been sent to the Federal Register. What does this mean for the future of food and farming initiatives Obama completed in his final days?

Two New Efforts to Expose Fish Fraud and Illegal Fishing

The US has the strongest fishery regulations in the world, but it also imports 90 percent of its seafood. Two new federal rules aim to make sure that our fish imports meet US standards, like protecting marine mammals and eliminating illegal fishing and fraud. Both rules face big questions about how effective they will be and whether the new administration will even enforce them.

Five Challenges Faced by Food Workers and Five Ways to Help

A recent Food Chain Workers Alliance report paints an eye-opening picture of the conditions faced by workers throughout the US food system. Learn what you can do to help food chain workers win safer and more equitable working conditions.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Blue Mussels

Mussels are delicious, inexpensive and nutritious. And an added bonus? Eating mussels means that you're supporting a truly sustainable form of aquaculture! Read on to learn more about these humble bivalves - plus an easy recipe for white wine- steamed mussels. Yum!

EPA Gives Water Footprint Calculator its Highest Award

It's been a year since the relaunch of the Water Footprint Calculator, and the good news keeps flowing. The tool was recently selected to receive a 2016 Environmental Champion Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency's highest recognition.

Farming Fish in the Ocean

This week we're exploring aquaculture - also known as fish farming - through the lens of sustainability. While we may expect the fish on our plate to come from fisher folk out on their boats reeling them in, the reality is that much of our seafood comes from fish farms. In this post we look at fish farming in coastal and offshore waters.

Back to School Food and Water Tools!

It's back to school time! Here at GRACE we're trying to make everyone's job a little easier by providing free tools and resources that both teachers and students can use in their work on sustainable food, water and energy.

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