Archive for June, 2013

Chopsticks – Can We Reuse, Reduce, or Recycle?

Chopsticks – Can We Reuse, Reduce, or Recycle?

Like disposable forks and knives, coffee cups, and shopping bags, chopsticks fall into the category of items whose useful life span is about 10 minutes. Given the amount of time, effort, and energy that goes into the production of these wooden, trash-bound sticks, it seems like something to think about. The effects of disposable chopsticks have been a focus in China in the last 10 years. China produces the majority of the world’s chopsticks, totaling […]

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June 27, 2013 at 3:25 pmFeatures

Study Finds Link Between Intestinal Disorders and Genetically Modified Crops

Study Finds Link Between Intestinal Disorders and Genetically Modified Crops

Pigs, though they don’t look much like us, are eerily similar to human beings. We can use many of their organs to replace ours if necessary. They suffer from many of our diseases of both body and temperament – such as being easily seduced by food. When pigs on a farm get sick, it’s more likely that the disease could spread to the human farmers than many illnesses carried by other common animals like chickens or cows. […]

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June 26, 2013 at 1:47 pmNews

Why The Farm Bill’s Failure Is A Triumph For Food Security

Why The Farm Bill’s Failure Is A Triumph For Food Security

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives voted down a five-year farm bill, a move that was widely regarded as a blow to Rep. John Boehner’s speakership. Politics aside, the bill’s defeat signals a solid victory in favor of food security. The bill, which provides subsidized crop insurance and direct payments to farmers, included a $3.8 billion reduction in annual spending, with almost half coming from cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Many Democrats […]

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June 25, 2013 at 12:31 pmPolicy

Food Fund Friday – Drive Change NYC, Food Trucks with a Conscience

Food Fund Friday – Drive Change NYC, Food Trucks with a Conscience

“Locally sourced food with a side of social justice” is the tagline for Drive Change, a “soon-to-be nonprofit” food truck business based in New York City. In addition to providing food for customers, the Drive Change trucks’ mission is to give jobs to young people (16-25) who’ve recently been released from jail or prison. Drive Change isn’t the first company to use food service jobs to employ formerly incarcerated people but, by capitalizing on the […]

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June 21, 2013 at 3:02 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

The Source Project Films a Sustainable Seed Bank in India

The Source Project Films a Sustainable Seed Bank in India

“Sustainability does not consist of sustainable agriculture alone.” This idea is the centerpiece behind a project in India that is using sustainable building practices to create a seed bank. This bank will store many varieties of rice in order to preserve genetic diversity. The film, a partnership between the Gaia Foundation and The Source Project, is just one of many such documentaries documenting foreign approaches to sustainability in agricultural life.

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June 20, 2013 at 5:12 pmCulture Multimedia

Healthy Food Ride South L.A. – A Short Documentary by Karl Baumann

Healthy Food Ride South L.A. – A Short Documentary by Karl Baumann

This short film by Karl Baumann showcases the first Healthy Food Map Ride which took place in Los Angeles, CA in March 2013. Groups of cyclists visited community gardens and healthy restaurants like Mama’s Chicken, Mercado la Paloma, and others, being exposed to a wider array of the options their community had to offer them. This inaugural ride attracted residents from 28 different zip codes, bringing people together whose paths would not likely have otherwise […]

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June 18, 2013 at 1:20 pmCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – June 17, 2013

Food News Fast – June 17, 2013

Slave-like conditions are behind your cheap, plentiful shrimp. [Mother Jones] Amazon will now deliver groceries to your front door as well as books. [NPR] Argentina’s taste for beef has fallen. [New York Times] The family barbecue might be getting too pricy this summer as drought takes its toll on the price of beef. [NPR] After a long period of drought, farmers’ crops are now being destroyed by rain. [New York Times] Study finds pigs raised on genetically […]

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June 17, 2013 at 1:42 pmFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – Fishing for the Future

Food Fund Friday – Fishing for the Future

Brendan Smith, owner of the Thimble Island Oyster Company in the Long Island Sound, would tell you seaweed isn’t just for wrapping sushi. After ten years in the oyster business, he is now looking for a way to make it more sustainable – for the ocean and his catch. Referring to the practice as a “3D Ocean Farm,” Smith is raising funds to outfit a system of aqua-polyculture that harvests two crops. Using seaweed as […]

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June 14, 2013 at 4:43 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

Two Takes on Foie Gras

“Hola Bonita! Hola Hola!”  This is how foie gras farmer, Eduardo Sousa, greets his geese. “It’s very important that you talk to them so they recognize your voice,” he explains to the Perennial Plate camera crew. Sousa has been recognized in the media by chef Daniel Barber at the Ted Talk Taste3 Conference, and has recently been visited by Perennial Plate, the online weekly documentary series that illuminates sustainable agriculture and socially responsible eating. Foie […]

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June 14, 2013 at 6:55 amCulture Multimedia

Whole Foods Shows Us a Store Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Us a Store Without Bees

Bees, as many people know by now, are responsible for pollinating 70% of the food we eat. They also save us money – pollinating by hand or using “bee bots” is not exactly cost effective. In one of those rare but great PR stunts, a Whole Foods Market in Rhode Island removed all produce that came from plants that need pollination to grow. The amount pulled from shelves? 237 of 453 products – about 52%. […]

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June 13, 2013 at 7:45 amNews