35 Google+ Accounts to Follow

35 Google+ Accounts to Follow
Staff Writer
From foodtank.com, by Harriet Kim

Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are only a few of the many social media tools currently available to us. Since its launch in 2011, Google+ is quickly becoming one of the most active communications platforms online. Google+ allows users to quickly access settings and tools, including news links, Youtube videos, and video conferencing calls, all in one account.  Food Tank has rounded up a list of 35 Google+ accounts of organizations to follow.

AgChat Foundation works to connect consumers with their food by empowering farmers and ranchers to share their stories through social media platforms.

Bioneers highlights nature-inspired solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. With a long-standing commitment to building a healthy food system, it serves as a creative hub for social and scientific innovators. Their work through the Restorative Food and Farming Program is transforming the food system through a variety of mediums, such as hands-on training, diverse media, and conferences.  They highlight success stories, catalyze a network for good food advocates, and encourage learning and education for envisioning and implementing sustainable food systems.

The Center for International Forestry Research conducts research to address global deforestation and its impacts on livelihoods and biodiversity to inform policymaking and forest management. Agroforestry can help address food insecurity by boosting crop yields, diversifying income, and increasing resilience to climate change.

Fair Trade USA uses a market-based approach that ensures consumer dollars are going into fair prices, safe working conditions, and resources in building sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their communities.

Farmer-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund protects the rights of farmers to sell their farm products and the rights of consumers to access the types and the sourcing of foods of their choice.

FIAN International is an international nonprofit organization advocating for the realization of the right to adequate food.

Food and Water Watch advocates for equitable policies ensuring access to healthy, safe, and affordable food and drinking water.

FoodCorps is a national organization seeking to give all children opportunities to grow in a vibrant and healthy food environment. The members of FoodCorps partner with educators, community leaders, and schools to create healthy environments and healthy children through food and nutrition education, hands-on activities, and local nutritious meals.

Food-X is an international business accelerator program focused on launching food-related ventures with a multi-stage fund. It takes on challenges by bringing together markets and education while combining entrepreneurship, peer learning, mentor coaching, and financial leverage.

Global Forum on Agricultural Research mobilizes stakeholders involved in agricultural research and innovation systems for development. It aims to catalyze actions toward alleviating poverty, increasing food security, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works at the intersection between policy and practice, locally and globally, in promoting fair and sustainable food, farm, and trade systems.

International Food Policy Research Institute provides research-based and sustainable policy solutions to reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. As an international financial institution, it finances agricultural development projects, primarily for food production in developing countries. In particular, IFAD’s programs with young, rural people reflect their needs and views, aiming to help address their challenges while creating incentives to make rural life an attractive and feasible livelihood option.

The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation advocates for better access to food education for the wellbeing and health of current and future generations.

Natural Gourmet Institute provides a holistic, innovative, and interdisciplinary culinary education to empower chefs to be leaders in the conversation of food and wellbeing.

National Young Farmers Coalition is a national network and grassroots hub for those beginning in sustainable farming, helping them redefine the landscape of American agriculture.

The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank. It has a reputation for rigorous research and analysis, bringing new ideas and bold action to today’s most pressing issues, including the high food price crisis and sustainable food systems.

Organic Farming Research Institute aims to foster and improve the widespread adoption of organic farming systems by cultivating research, education, and policy that brings more farmers and acreage into organic production.

Oxfam America is part of a global network of 90 countries working to create long-term solutions in fighting poverty, hunger, and injustice.

Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.

Slow Food USA, as part of the global movement, links the joys of the table and a meal with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge, and the environment.

Sustainable Food Trust influences and formulates solutions to create a sustainable food production system through collaboration, communications, and research and policy.

TakePart is a digital news and lifestyle magazine and social action platform for the conscious consumer, with thought-provoking news articles on food, cooking, restaurants, and animals.

The Campus Kitchen shares kitchen space on the campuses of high schools, colleges, and universities to recycle food, prepare and provide meals, educate and engage the community, and provide leadership opportunities for students. It is helping to implement innovative models for fighting hunger, developing food systems, and helping communities help themselves

The Edible Schoolyard Project is a network of educators, parents, and advocates connecting and sharing edible education lesson plans and best practices in the school lunchroom, garden, kitchen, and academic classroom.

The George Washington University is the largest university in the District of Columbia, United States, with more than 20,000 students studying a rich range of disciplines. Students, faculty, and staff alike are joining forces in initiatives like the Urban Food Task Force to promote healthy eating, sustainable food production, and food policy.

The Jane Goodall Institute builds on the scientific and humanitarian work of Dr. Goodall. As a global nonprofit organization, it empowers people to make a difference for all living things. As part of the Institute, Roots & Shoots is a youth-led program oriented towards community action and learning-based processes for creating solutions to big challenges. Some projects include school compost garden, kids feeding kids, and organic vegetable gardens for the hungry.

The One Acre Fund is a microinvestment organization based in Africa devoted to helping smallholder farmers become self-reliant by providing them with the resources they need to be successful.

Think.Eat.Save is a collaborative initiative to reverse food loss and food waste by providing consumers, retailers, leaders, and communities with advice on ways to take action to limit wasteful practices.

The U.N. Environment Programme provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization commits to food security for all by contributing to the improvement of agricultural productivity, the world economy’s growth, nutrition levels, and rural livelihoods.

WhyHunger is a leader in the movement to tackle poverty and end hunger by connecting people to affordable and nutritious food and supporting grassroots solutions for self-reliance and community empowerment.

World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) works to stop the degradation of the natural environment for a future where humans live harmoniously with nature. Preserving our natural environment means sustaining our increasingly growing and more affluent populations. From improving the production process and the distribution line to fighting waste and environmental consequences, WWF works to improve how the world grows, transports, and consumes food.

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development is an international movement that facilitates information and knowledge sharing to broaden opportunities for young professionals in agricultural development.

Are you on Google+? Let us know which of these organizations you are following!  You can also connect with Food Tank on Google+.

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