Sustainability Matters: May 9, 2014


Hot chicks: a scientist attempts to breed chickens with fewer feathers to help the birds remain cooler, making it easier for farmers to maintain chicken populations in the face of climate change. [Grist]


The USDA will be awarding grants worth $25 million for school kitchen equipment. [Food Politics]


Sugar cane production and processing is linked to a deadly kidney-related illness in Nicaragua. [NY Times]


The World Health Organization warns that we're is headed for a deadly “post-antibiotic era” due to misuse of antibiotics in humans and agricultural animals. [... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Kathleen Merrigan


Following last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards and talk about the causes they champion. Today we present: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer—is shown in the video above.


For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Kathleen Merrigan, read her full profile.

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan


Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just around the corner! On October 17 we’ll gather at New York City’s iconic Hearst Tower to recognize these five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world:


Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and Author, Lanes Landing Farm


Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund


Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam