2021 Issue 2: Give Credit Where Credit is Due! George Washington Carver Understood Sustainability

by | Feb 4, 2021 | Newsletter

George Washington Carver standing on land with soil sample

George Washington Carver probably at Tuskegee (1906). Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-114302.

The buzz around sustainability is not new. As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s important to recognize a man whose impact on agriculture extends beyond peanuts. Thanks to the vision and scientific curiosity of George Washington Carver, we can trace the concept of sustainable diets back more than a century. Carver not only wrote the book on sustainability but connected the dots between how food is grown and its impact on health.

Beyond his work with peanuts, Carver engaged in a broad scope of scientific endeavors, and wrote nearly 50 bulletins on subjects ranging from “How to Build up Worn Out Soils” to “Three Delicious Meals Every Day for the Farmer.” Read more about the accomplishments of this remarkable man in the latest issue of The AgriNutrition Edge Report.

This issue also highlights — just in time for Valentine’s — the global farming footprint of the chocolate we enjoy, and includes a review of the new book “Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat” by Robert Paarlberg.