Would You Like to Have a Food Co-op Near You?

By RIDA ALI, age 10 The North Carolina General Assembly estimates that there are more than 47,000 cooperatives in the United States, serving over 130 million people daily. PHOTO: Andy Piper A food cooperative,* or a co-op, is a supermarket where people go to buy good...

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25”

By JULIANA BERROA, age 11 Fast food workers strike in New York City. PHOTO: mtume_soul In August, fast-food workers throughout the country went on strike again for a living wage and the right to unionize. The current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour cannot support a...

The Edible Schoolyard: Where Students Grow Their Own Food

By KYLIE FREYMAN, age 10 The school garden at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn. PHOTO: Kylie Freyman An edible garden growing at a school? Why yes, there’s one in Brooklyn! At PS 216, the Arturo Toscanini Primary School, students and teachers have the opportunity to work in their...

From Farms to Factories

By CALUM WOLFE-THOMPSON, age 9 A factory farm for chickens in Florida. Photo: USDA Did you ever wonder how the chicken in your sandwich got to your plate? In the early 20th century, it usually would have been from farms where chickens roamed freely and ate feed thrown...

Grow Your Own Tomatoes!

By ALEJANDRA PAULINO, age 11 One way to help the environment is to eat foods that were grown nearby. Even better, you can try growing your own food. Here’s a guide to growing your own tomatoes on a windowsill! Once they’re ready to be plucked, you can slice them for...

Childhood Obesity Rates Drop in U.S. Cities

By NANCY RYERSON Childhood obesity rates dropped for the first time in several U.S. cities, according to December 2012 numbers. The trend was found largely in cities like New York and Philadelphia that have anti-childhood obesity tactics in place, such as removing...