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Ruthie Burrows

Ruthie Burrows

Research Assistant

Center for a Livable Future

Local FPCs Band Together in Ohio

Haystacks, Dayton, Ohio, 1905.

Haystacks, Dayton, Ohio, 1905.

How can local food policy councils in Ohio band together to enhance effectiveness? Can they increase access to healthy, affordable foods? Can they ensure equitable engagement? These questions were a few of many explored at the Ohio State Food Policy Council Summit, held earlier this month. The Summit brought together members of local and regional food policy councils from across the state and gathered in Columbus, Ohio, for their annual meeting.

Food and agriculture is the largest sector of Ohio’s economy, accounting for $105 billion of the state’s economy. Even though Governor Kasich dissolved Read More >

Can Composting Become Default Behavior?

2014-compost-cardThis is the first in a series of posts about food waste.

This year, Bloomberg School students, faculty, and staff will have one more reason to think before they toss. At the School, 3,000 small composting bins will begin to appear underneath office desks as trash cans start to become sparser. Department by department, Environmental Services Operations will introduce a new desk-side composting initiative, making composting as accessible as recycling. Read More >

Fair Trade versus Organic: Perspective from Guatemala

Guatemalans planting crops

As soon as I stepped out of the airport, I was in a different world. I felt like I was on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as dozens of Guatemalan taxi drivers loudly competed for tourist business. This was my introduction to Central America. As part of The Volunteers Around the World program, I and several Johns Hopkins University peers had set out to establish a network of individual gardens in a rural village near Lake Atitlán—and I think those 10 days in the highlands of Guatemala will have an everlasting effect on how I view my diet and my food choices in the global food system.

Witnessing first hand the struggles of the small-scale, fledgling farmers in rural Guatemala, I now have a better sense of the social implications of my food choices.

Prior to the trip, I perused aisles in the grocery store and sought out “organic” Read More >

Meat Consumption and Climate Change: Which NGOs Are Doing What?

Since at least the 2006 publication of Livestock’s Long Shadow, which found that livestock production accounts for 18 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the link between livestock production and climate change has been well recognized by experts. And while there are several tactics for reducing meat consumption—and thereby reducing livestock production GHG emissions—some tactics are used more often than others. Read More >