66 Instagram Accounts Helping Cultivate a Better Food System!

66 Instagram Accounts Helping Cultivate a Better Food System!
From foodtank.com, by Danielle Nierenberg

One of the fastest-growing and powerful emerging social media networks is Instagram. The photo and video sharing site now has 150 million active users who are uploading an astonishing 55 million photos a day. To follow Food Tank on Instagram, click here!

And while Rihanna, and Usher use Instagram to show off their latest outfits or connect with fans, many organizations are using the network to create awareness, spur action, and make positive change in the food and agriculture system.

True Food Kitchen, for example, is highlighting healthy and seasonal food, like this farm fresh salad.

The organization Food and Water Watch uses Instagram to compel viewers to take charge of where their food comes and ensure access safe, clean water.

And Grist utilizes the network to share green news with a touch of humor.

Today, Food Tank is highlighting 66 Instagram accounts we think are helping cultivate a better food system!

1. Adam Goldberg - @alifewortheating

A jetsetters’ guide to food, A Life Worth Eating showcases meals from across the globe.

2. Alice Waters@alicelouisewaters

The queen of California cuisine, Alice Waters is the Vice President of Slow Food International, founder of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, and owner of acclaimed locavore restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, CA.

3. Anthony Bourdain@anthonybourdain

Bourdain brings his Instagram audience along with him through stories of world travels and his insights on food.

4. Barton Seaver @bartonseaver

Chef, author, educator, and advocate, Seaver has seen almost every side of the food system. He has a passion for sustainable seafood.

5. Bill Telepan@billtelepan

A Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, Telepan has used his restaurants to highlight sustainability, and also works to reform the New York City school lunch program.

6. Carey Nershi - @careynotcarrie

A personal Instagram portraying the quiet, rustic life on a farm – complete with cats!

7. Charity: Water - @charitywater

Inspirational photos tracking the progress of Charity Water’s efforts to bring safe drinking water to those without access.

8. Conservation International @conservationorg

Founded in 1987, Conservation International examines the relationship between economic development and conservation. The organization researches issues ranging from climate change to food and water supply.

9. Cool Foods Campaign - @coolfoodscampaign

The name says it all! Artistic shots of cool foods – cool meaning reducing climate change, of course.

10. ECHO - @echofightshunger

ECHO works towards sustainable solutions to hunger. Relatively new to Instagram, watch out for lots of beautiful farm pics from them!

11. EcoWaste - @ecowasteuae

A new regional platform for the sustainable waste management and recycling sector. Holding their first conference in Abu Dhabi this January, keep an eye on them!

12. Edible San Francisco - @ediblesf

Edible San Francisco frequently posts on Instagram with tons of photos of tasty looking meals with ingredients listed in the captions.

13. Edible Schoolyard@esynyc

Edible Schoolyard is dedicated to incorporating food education and school gardens around the country. It’s hard not to be a fan of the initiative's mission to provide every student with a free, organic, and nutritious school lunch.

14. Equal Exchange - @EqualExchange

Equal Exchange’s Instagram shows pictures of the businesses, products and people involved in Equal Exchange Fair Trade cooperatives.

15. Foodimentary@Foodimentary

Celebrate the joy of food every day with John Bryan Hopkin’s Instagram.

16. Food Day - @food_day

Food Day’s Instagram has great pictures of events and activities that promote sustainable food and agriculture, from food tastings to envelope stuffing!

17. Food Recovery Network - @foodrecovery

Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need.

18. Food Revolution - @foodrev

Food Revolution Day is Jamie Oliver’s project “educating, empowering and inspiring people everywhere to stand up for real food.” Tons of pictures of beautiful and creative food ideas.

19. Food & Water Watch@foodandwaterwatch

Food & Water Watch focuses on ensuring that all food and water is safe, accessible, and sustainably produced. This initiative works to hold policymakers accountable and to inform people about issues related to food and water.

20. Good Eggs, Inc. - @goodeggsinc

Good Eggs, Inc. runs a delivery service for sustainable food in four different locations. Their Instagram depicts beautifully plated, seasonal foods, and highlights unique varieties.

21. Good Food Finder - @goodfoodfinder

Good Food Finder is a directory of local farmers and food artisans in Arizona. Good Food Finder’s Instagram highlights the work of the farmers they represent, as well as some of the humorous sides of food and food activism.

22. Good Food Jobs - @goodfoodjobs

Sweeping farmscapes, rooftop city views, glimpses inside of wood burning ovens – Good Food Jobs does a pretty good job reminding their Instagram followers just how beautiful food systems can be!

23. Green City Market - @greencitymarket

From green corn to a video of freshly shelled pecans, Chicago’s only year-round market highlights the many products they feature on Instagram.

24. Green Grocer DC - @greengrocerdc

Green Grocer DC runs a modified CSA, and uses its Instagram to take well-structured photos of their weekly boxes, as well as pictures from around the farm.

25. Grist@grist

Grist, the self-described “Beacon in the Smog,” reports on green and environmental issues with a humorous twist.

26. Half the Sky - @halftheskymovement

Half the Sky is a movement aiming to lift women out of all forms of oppressions. Check out their Instagram for powerful quotes from leaders in gender equality.

27. Heifer International@heiferinternational

Through gifts of livestock, seeds, and training, Heifer International works to alleviate poverty by providing individuals with the necessary tools to succeed, and regularly posts about its many success stories.

28. HuffPost Food@HuffpostFood

The Huffington Post’s Food page is a behind the scenes encounter with picture of exclusive food tastings and cookbooks.  

29. HuffPost Green@Huffpostgreen

The Huffington Post’s Green section has interesting and sometimes entertaining stories on the environment, and posts both adorable and beautiful pictures on Instagram highlighting environmental issues.

30. Inner City Farms -  @Innercityfarms

An urban farm started by a group of friends in Vancouver regularly posts beautiful pictures showing life on the farm!

31. Jamie Oliver - @jamieoliver

Oliver is an acclaimed television personality and chef, but is also a serious food activist. His efforts helped overhaul Britain’s school lunch program, and he has continued to advocate for a healthier food system through the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

32. John Besh@chefjohnbesh

Owner of nine restaurants, Besh is a food icon who is dedicated to preserving the culinary heritage of New Orleans through scholarships and loans to small farmers.

33. Jonathan Bloom@WastedFood

Bloom is the author of American Wasteland, an insightful book about food waste in America. His blog Wasted Food is another medium for his interest in food waste, and his Instagram often features images of “ugly” food.

34. José Andrés@chefjoseandres

Andrés is the President of ThinkFoodGroup and founder of World Central Kitchen. Not only a critically acclaimed chef, he is a leader in combating global hunger one plate at a time.

35. Josh Treuhaft - @Thetreuhaft

Josh Treuhaft is a designer and an environmentalist, taking stunning photos of his family’s compost. A beautiful take on repurposed food!

36. Kat Kinsman@katkinsman

Managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, Kinsman's Instagram simultaneously conveys her commitment to sustainable food and sense of humor.

37. Kiva - @kiva_microloans

Kiva runs a micro-loan business, where individuals can lend as little as US$25 and make a big impact on small business owners in developing countries. Their Instagram highlights the work that they are doing, showing recipients of loans -and those in need of one- around the globe.

38. Leon Kaye - @greengopost

Leon Kaye writes on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Guardian Sustainable Business, Sustainable Brands, and Triple Pundit, and is the Founder and Editor of GreenGoPost.

39. Marc Vetri@marcvetri

Vetri has worked to reform school lunches and educate children about healthy eating in Philadelphia, while also working as a James Beard Award-winning chef.

40. Marcus Samuelsson@MarcusCooks

An Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, made-in-America chef, Samuelsson doesn’t fit neatly into one box. His flagship restaurant, Red Rooster, is in the heart of Harlem, but reflects Samuelsson’s international background. He is also the founder of Food Republic, a website that explores the culture of food.

41. Matthew Jennings - @matthewjennings

Matthew Jennings is “a two-time finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation ‘Best Chef Northeast’ award, has been named one of America’s ‘Most Sustainable Chefs’ and was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s ‘Big thinkers, changing the way Americans eat.’” His Instagram photos are sure to delight – as long as you like meat!

42. Modern Farmer@ModFarm

The Modern Farmer Instagram complements their stylish website and image-laden articles, providing a wide variety of pictures depicting farming in the 21st century.

43. National Geographic - @natgeo

National Geographic Instagram reminds us of the cultures and creatures that local and sustainable food systems aim to preserve.

44. No Kid Hungry@nokidhungry

No Kid Hungry focuses on child hunger in the U.S., and the organization’s own efforts to end child hunger. They use their Instagram to share events, infographics and moving posters.

45. Nom Yourself - @NomYourself

Nom Yourself is an Instagram dedicated to vegan eating; a very impressive repertoire for one ambitious cook.

46. Oceana - @oceana

Oceana is an organization dedicated to oceanic conservation, protesting offshore drilling, pollution and unsustainable fishing. Their Instagram highlights the beautiful creatures and oceanscapes that it hopes to protect.

47. ONE Campaign@onecampaign

ONE Campaign’s three million members are a united voice for ending extreme poverty. Instagram pictures are of facts, inspiring quotes, and documentation of ONE Campaign’s advocacy efforts.

48. Oxfam International @oxfamgb and @oxfamamerica

Oxfam has different Instagrams based on location - pick the place most relevant to you! The most trafficked ones are Great Britain and America, tracking Oxfam’s international work.

49. Real Food Challenge@realfoodnow

The Real Food Challenge aims to harness the power of students to make an impact on the food system, one college campus at a time.

50. Real Food Daily - @OfficialRFD

Real Food Daily is a restaurant in LA; their Instagram shows off some of the beautiful vegan organic plates that they serve.

51. Sam Fromartz@fromartz

Fromartz is the co-founder and editor of the Food and Environment Reporting Network. His tweets focus on food images, with a plethora of beautiful pictures of bread, as he is currently working on a book on grains, bakers, and bread.

52. Sierra Club - @sierraclub

Sierra Club uses their Instagram to document advocacy and fundraising events, as well as highlight the beauty of nature.

53. Slow Food NYC @SlowFoodnyc

Slow Food is focused on building a better food system through supporting food that is not only good for people, but the planet as well. Slow Food NYC is one of the largest Instagram accounts, but be sure to follow your local chapter!

54. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture - @stonebarns

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit farm and education center, and their Instagram tracks the various events happening at the farm.

55. The Nature Conservancy - @nature_org

Featuring striking images of nature paired with inspirational quotes, The Nature Conservancy’s Instagram is a motivator for environmental conservation.

56. Tree Hugger - @treehuggerdotcom

“TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.” Their website aims to be a “one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information,“ and this mission is reflected in their Instagram photos.

57. True Food Kitchen - @true_food_kitchen

A restaurant founded by alternative medicine guru, Dr. Andrew Wiel frequently posts pictures of the healthy, seasonal plates that they serve.

58. Tucker Taylor - @farmert

Tucker Taylor is a self-proclaimed “culinary gardener”, but we think he’s also got some amateur photographer in him as well. His Instagram features beautiful close ups of fruits, veggies, and flowers from around the farm.

59. U.N. Development Programme@UNDP_

The UNDP Instagram account offers a wealth of examples of empowerment across the globe. There are many photos of smallholder farmers helping to feed the world!

60. U.N. Foundation - @unfoundation

The United Nation Foundation’s Instagram highlights the varied work of the UN Foundation, from pictures of fundraising events to portraits of leaders in International Development.

61. Urban Adamah - @urbanadamah

Urban Adamah is an educational farm in Berkeley California that incorporates Jewish tradition with sustainable agriculture and sustainable community, and does a great job of documenting their work on Instagram!

62. Urban Farm Magazine - @urbanfarmmag

Urban Farm Magazine provides all types of support for urban farmers. They Instagram pictures from around the farm, including some pretty wild looking chickens!

63. World Food Program USA - @wfpusa

The World Food Program USA strives to create access to food for everyone in need. Their Instagram uses pictures as well as videos to showcase their efforts, and create awareness of areas in need.

64. World Health Organization - @WorldHealthOrganization

This Instagram documents meetings, fundraising and advocacy events, keeping you in the loop about what’s going on at the World Health Organization.

65. Yonder Way Farm - @YonderWayFarmer

Pictures of family life on the farm from Farmer Jason of Yonder Way Farm in Texas.

66. Young Farmers’ Coalition - @youngfarmers

The Young Farmers’ Coalition Instagram features pictures of young farmers all across the country empowering each other and encouraging other young people to join them in farming.

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