Catalyst Fall 2014


What more can be done to build support for sustainable agriculture and food that is healthy, affordable, and accessible?



What large-scale initiatives should be undertaken to reduce electricity consumption in the United States?

We will publish selected responses (edited for length) in the spring issue of Catalyst. You can respond via


When schools include gardening—growing vegetables and fruit for school lunches and snacks—kids become really invested in what appears on their plate. Teaching them to grow their own food is the beginning of the revolution in how and what we eat.

Audrey David, New York, NY


Follow the example of the French supermarket chain Intermarché, which is featuring imperfect produce at 30 percent off the normal price. A huge marketing campaign preceded the introduction of this produce, and it is selling very well. The shops also sell fruit juices and soups made from this produce that would otherwise be thrown away.

Karen Rudin, Oberrieden, Switzerland


More heirloom seed "libraries" (check out a few [seeds], grow plant, return a few seeds). Some of us have very limited space, so whole packets of seeds are wasted.

Debra Golden, Kirkland, WA


Help mayors across the country start city garden co-ops, and for a person or garden to be a member, no chemicals can be used. The city would provide a place to sell the produce or flowers. Each member would receive proceeds based on their contribution to the city market. 

Ask all reputable supermarket chains to carry local produce and organic produce. Ask all such stores to put out a call in their areas for people to sell their organic produce to the local supermarkets.

Gail Yborra, Wilmington, DE


Help improve access to fresh produce in food deserts—perhaps by connecting produce brokers with corner stores and liquor stores. Could liquor stores be offered tax breaks or some other sorts of incentives for selling fresh produce?

Shosh Blachman, Berkeley, CA


Subsidize farmers growing organic vegetables and fruits and raising pastured chickens and livestock. Expand SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] coverage to more farmers markets. Reduce or eliminate unhealthy junk food items that may be purchased with SNAP and/or offer a SNAP discount on vegetables and fruits. Offer tax breaks and other financial incentives to small farms, especially those just starting out.

William Roberson, Brooklyn, NY