Archive for April, 2013

Interview – Natasha Bowens of Brown.Girl.Farming

"The Color of Food" Interactive Map.

This is an interview with Natasha Bowens, known on her blog and in the media as Brown.Girl.Farming. In the summer of 2010, she left her job as a political advocate in D.C. to dig her hands in the soil and learn all she could about sustainable farming. She locates her passion for food justice at the intersection of environmental activism, healthcare, and social justice; a blend of interests that led her search for minority-run farms […]

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April 30, 2013 at 1:44 pmCulture Multimedia

The Color of Food: Multimedia for Food Justice

The Color of Food: Multimedia for Food Justice

“The Color of Food” is an ongoing multimedia project featuring a map of farmers of color, and a photo documentary, tools that are fostering the sharing of stories and the creation of food justice networks. Created by Brown.Girl.Farming (Natasha Bowens), a young biracial farmer, “The Color of Food” puts farmers of color on the map and incites conversation on race, food, hunger, land access, and social history. The photo below, taken by Bowens at Yard […]

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April 30, 2013 at 1:34 pmCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – April 29, 2013

Food News Fast – April 29, 2013

The annual ban on eating mussels harvested in California has gone through earlier than usual because of some unusual toxins found in the water. [Huffington Post] Barry Estabrook on antibiotic-resistant bugs and why to avoid the food that carries them. [Eating Well] There is five times more fraud in crop insurance claims than food stamps. [Civil Eats] Making the difficult choice of whether to sign up for food stamps. [NPR] A new NYC initiative to […]

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April 29, 2013 at 6:00 amFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – Rebuild Battery Urban Farm

Food Fund Friday – Rebuild Battery Urban Farm

Battery Urban Farm, an educational farm located in Battery Park near the tip of Manhattan, is trying to rebuild after being flooded by Hurricane Sandy last October.  The Battery Conservancy, responsible for rebuilding the park that tourists see on their way to see the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, began their urban farm after receiving a phone call from local high school students who wanted to grow vegetables in the park. The Conservancy said […]

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April 26, 2013 at 12:30 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

The Omnivore Vegan: Part Five

The Omnivore Vegan: Part Five

“A Brave New Welfare” This essay is the fifth part in a series about veganism, humane farming, and animal agriculture in the USA. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are original to the author. Names of some employees and interns have been changed.  Start from the beginning. Part 1: “No Meat” New sections from “The Omnivore Vegan” will appear every Thursday on Food Politic. Tanya and I went to the first Educational Lunch early. Once a week, Farm […]

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April 25, 2013 at 1:06 pmFeatures

Food News Fast – April 25, 2013

Food News Fast – April 25, 2013

If you live in Northern Michigan you can get eggs from your backyard without the pesky commitment of actually owning a chicken. [Modern Farmer] The cold-pressed juice craze heats up. [New York Times] New models of grocery distribution from tricycle to sailboat. [Grub Street] New app will help you find fruit and vegetables to forage in your neighborhood. [NPR] Student chefs walk out of Culinary Institute of America classes in protest of lax standards. [New […]

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April 25, 2013 at 6:30 amFood News Fast News

Big-Ag Afraid of its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Big-Ag Afraid of its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Disclaimer: This piece contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse, collected by investigators working undercover as farm workers who have used their videos to criminalize abusive animal owners.  America’s history of undercover investigative journalism, most notably Upton Sinclair’s 1906 The Jungle, which exposed the unsanitary conditions of food processing sites, and Elizabeth Jane Cochran’s undercover investigation of the conditions in insane asylums, are famous for changing public opinion of our food and health systems, and instigating […]

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April 24, 2013 at 11:48 amPolicy Uncategorized

Portland Meat Collective: The Right Way to Eat Meat

Portland Meat Collective: The Right Way to Eat Meat

Whether you’re an omnivore or vegetarian, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever seen the inside of a slaughterhouse or the bottom of a kill floor. Though the production of animals for food supplies the average American with seven ounces of meat per day, we are largely not doing the killing or butchering—but someone else is. People are beginning to wonder where their food comes from and meat is often the first product called into question. If […]

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April 23, 2013 at 1:10 pmProfiles

Food News Fast – April 22, 2013

Food News Fast – April 22, 2013

Genetically modified apples that don’t turn brown are likely coming to a grocery store near you. [AlterNet] The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is already sparking controversy in their handling of GMOs. [New York Times] Small farms are fighting back against federal regulations that simply don’t apply on a family level. [Truth-Out] Hidden artificial sweeteners might be added to milk if the dairy industry gets their way. [Marion Nestle’s Food Politics] The story of Monsanto. How did […]

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April 22, 2013 at 11:19 amFood News Fast News

How Much Food Can You Buy With $5?

This BuzzFeed video takes a look at what the equivalent of $5 can get you around the world. Five dollars worth of rice, for example, can buy 7 pounds in the USA, 12 in China, 14 in Afghanistan, but only 2 in Japan. Without going into the economic politics behind this data, it’s interesting to note the differences between countries with high taxation (like Sweden) and those like China where both the cost of living and the […]

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April 21, 2013 at 12:35 pmNews