Archive for August, 2013

Food Nonprofits Making a Difference

Food Nonprofits Making a Difference

As the Good Food Movement has grown over the last decade so too have the number of organizations dedicated to helping more sustainable food find its way to as many people as possible. Though many individuals have worked to raise awareness, numerous victories have been made from collections of people volunteering their time and donations to fund food projects they hope will make a difference. Though I wish this could be a thoroughly scientific best-of […]

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August 30, 2013 at 5:55 pmFeatures

Why the Farmer’s Markets Aren’t Enough

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I’ve cultivated a deep love of and connection to food since childhood—perching upon the kitchen stool alongside my mother as she prepared dinner, sopping up lentil soup with homemade bread at a familial New Year’s meal in an Italian farmhouse, serving as my parents’ “smell-tester” at a wine-tasting in Assisi. Starting at age twelve, my mother and I would convene in front of the television every Sunday and Wednesday evening to ogle the culinary masterpieces […]

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August 29, 2013 at 4:11 pmFeatures

Food News Fast – August 27, 2013

Food News Fast – August 27, 2013

The state of China’s food economy according to  Tom Philpott. Spoiler: it’s not looking too bright. [Mother Jones] Industrial farming can be good when it’s done right – case in point: California’s canned tomato industry. [New York Times] Climate change might be the end of tart, crunchy apples as we know them. [Nature] Kansas farmers are going to be out of water – and fast – if they don’t find a better way to irrigate. […]

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August 27, 2013 at 10:14 amFood News Fast News

The First Co-op

The First Co-op

Co-ops aren’t just the stuff of health-nuts and hippies anymore. Today, many people who care about getting good food on a budget have joined local co-ops when they have the opportunity. Buying food in bulk, relying on members for work rather than going to outside employees, and taking away the need for a “profit” all create a system where you can buy “honest food at honest prices.” Considered the first successful co-op, the Rochdale Society […]

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August 27, 2013 at 7:00 amFeatures

If Farmville Had a Farmbill

If Farmville Had a Farmbill

Research would tell us that most people are a few generations removed from the farm. This means that it can be more difficult for us to explain what’s happening out here, just because we’re not talking the same language. What if that were to change? Research would also tell us that a vast majority of our society enjoys playing online games, one of which happens to be a farming-based game called, “Farmville.” If you’re reading […]

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August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pmPolicy

Saturdays at the Tucker Square Greenmarket

Delicious, perfectly ripe plums from Locust Grove

Looking ahead to the weekend, what could be better than planning a Saturday trip to one of New York City’s greenmarkets? If it’s not already a tradition for you, your roommates, or your family maybe it’s time to start. -Tove K. Danovich

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August 23, 2013 at 9:09 amCulture Multimedia

Hudson Amendment Seeks to Shame SNAP Recipients

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Apparently, cutting SNAP benefits simply doesn’t harm the working poor enough. While many are aware of House Republicans’ plans to cut funding for SNAP by $40 billion over ten years – a move that could result in up to 4 million recipients being dropped from the program – few know about a sneaky amendment to the farm bill that was added back in June. According to reports, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) sponsored an amendment that […]

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August 22, 2013 at 8:03 amPolicy

Do States Have the Right to Set Agricultural Standards?

Do States Have the Right to Set Agricultural Standards?

Farm Bill’s King Amendment Seeks to Curb Progressive Animal Welfare Legislation Concerned foodies beware, there’s yet another roadblock being thrown in the direction of the Farm Bill. Iowa Congressman Steve King has added an amendment (passed in the most recent version of the House bill) that would make state by state change to agricultural animal welfare laws nearly impossible. Known as the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), this amendment seeks to exempt any out-of-state producer […]

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August 21, 2013 at 1:27 pmFeatures

NYC’s Greenmarkets: Behind the Scenes

NYC’s Greenmarkets: Behind the Scenes

When the first New York City greenmarket opened in June 1976, the seven farmers picked for its debut sold out of produce by noon. The success of this 59th street and 2nd avenue location led to the addition of two more before summer was even over – the Union Square Greenmarket and one near the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Thirty seven years later, the Greenmarket program, sponsored by the Council on the Environment of New York […]

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August 20, 2013 at 8:00 amFeatures

Chipotle May Serve Meat Raised With Antibiotics

Chipotle May Serve Meat Raised With Antibiotics

Though Chipotle is a significant outlier in the pantheon of fast food, they still face significant challenges to providing naturally raised meat on an industrial scale. They don’t source directly from farmers (because it would likely cost them too much work) and have a group of suppliers they use for their chain’s food. Many of their restaurants serve conventionally raised beef, chicken, and pork at least part of the time which is a hard sell […]

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August 19, 2013 at 9:36 amNews