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Are we outgrowing how we grow?

Could we have outgrown modern agriculture? Dr. E Ann Clark thinks “agriculture was never designed to be sustainable,” and argues in recent research that we need to re-vision our food…

4food: Creating healthy, sustainable, fast-food meals

While you can’t force people into eating healthfully, perhaps you can make it into an enjoyable or interesting experience, which they’re more likely to choose. That’s the approach that 4food,…

On starting over: Liliana Valle of Mistti

When a good idea is executed poorly, the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

Interview: A Spoke to reinvent fast food

Could a jiu-jitsu approach to fast food be the best way to beat it? 24-year-old entrepreneurs David Gumbiner, Deborah Meisel and Ian Sherman of The Udon Project formed The Spoke…

Last post of 2010: Recapping some innovation trends

As we teeter on the edge of a new year, after eight months in operation, we thought we’d highlight a few of the stories we came across the past year….

Twitter Roundup – December 24: Fast food competitions, the food safety act and a better food pyramid

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Here’s a story…

Twitter Roundup – December 3: Jumo, fast trains and a food safety overhaul

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Facebook co-founder Chris…

On Food: Gary Maxworthy’s Farm to Family has redefined the way food banks work

Food issues in the U.S. are often shaped by frustrating paradoxes: We produce an excess of food — yet there are still 50 million people living in food-insecure households; we…

On Food: FEAST! invites a community to dinner and reinvents the financing of art

In the back of a candle-lit church basement in Brooklyn, eight groups of artists recently presented their work to 200 people. This quarterly dinner party — hosted by FEAST (Funding…

On Food: Shrink this plate! Portion-size solutions

I grew up in Sweden and whenever I travel to the U.S. from Europe, ordering food is a somewhat shocking experience. The size of the portion is particularly mind-blowing. This…

On Food: The Brooklyn Food Coalition’s Nancy Romer talks about building a food movement one neighborhood at a time

In 2009, Nancy Romer, a psychology professor at Brooklyn College, got the idea to organize a one-day conference on food sustainability in New York City — and, surprise, 3,000 people…

Twitter Roundup – November 19: Plastic bags, farmers markets and food banks

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets on food from the last week: Just…

On Food: Bill Shore of Share Our Strength is now aiming at childhood hunger in the U.S.

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White interview social innovators, inquiring about the bold steps they’ve taken to advance their work. Today,…

On Food: Interview with the directors of GROW!, a film about young organic farmers in Georgia

As part of our pre-Thanksgiving “On Food” series, today we feature a story about Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson and a film they created called GROW!, which highlights the challenges…

On Food: Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm, on skyscrapers filled with vegetables

With Thanksgiving approaching, we’re turning an eye to the question of food – specifically how it moves from the soil to the grocery bag, in New York and Africa alike….