Archive for February, 2014

FLOTUS Announces Universal Lunch and End to Junk Food Marketing in Schools

FLOTUS Announces Universal Lunch and End to Junk Food Marketing in Schools

On February 25, 2014, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign some exciting announcements. Not only were there changes that limit junk food and soda marketing in schools but, as of July 1, 22,000 schools will begin serving lunch and breakfast to all students – free of charge. This new program will “help as many as 9 million children eat healthy meals at school,” according to the official release from the White House. The eligible schools were decided using data […]

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February 27, 2014 at 7:37 pmNews

Bio Siegel – Germany Goes Organic

Bio Siegel – Germany Goes Organic

In 2001, Germany announced their own organic certification program – Bio Siegel. The program is voluntary and free of charge for farmers who want its certification, unlike the American system in which a percentage of sales is taken as a fee. They largely follow EU guidelines for organic foods which, in addition to the usual No’s on synthetic pesticides or chemical additives, also hope for slightly higher standards. They focus on soil health, and the […]

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February 27, 2014 at 10:07 amColumns Table Scraps

10 Best Cakes for Farmers and Foodies

10 Best Cakes for Farmers and Foodies

There are few things like the perfectly chosen cake to put a smile on your face. For farmers, foodies, or those who want to pretend that triple-chocolate, double-layered, buttercream-frosted cake has more to do with veggies than calories there’s nothing like a fresh farm cake to get the party started. Whether you’re celebrating a retirement, birthday, buying a new tractor, or simply your love of cake, the following desserts will whet your appetite for more. […]

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February 26, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Food News Fast – February 25, 2014

Food News Fast – February 25, 2014

California almond growers are facing tough times as the drought rages on. [Sun Herald] It’s becoming more commonplace for small food vendors to let you pay with bitcoin. [NPR] Chicken farmers in vertically integrated systems might do more than grumble soon. [Modern Farmer] A new bill could cause any soda sold in California to come with a health warning. [LA Times] The battle over a $9 million peanut butter stuffed pretzel market wages on. [NPR] […]

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February 25, 2014 at 9:37 amFood News Fast News

Missouri Might Pay SNAP Recipients To Eat Their Veggies

Missouri Might Pay SNAP Recipients To Eat Their Veggies

It isn’t often that policy changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – also known as food stamps – are positive developments, which is why a proposed Missouri bill to reimburse recipients for purchasing healthy food is so stunning. In recent months, SNAP has gotten a number of bad blows. From the expiration of temporary stimulus funds to additional cuts through the recently passed Farm Bill, beneficiaries of this critical anti-poverty program have too […]

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February 25, 2014 at 8:00 amPolicy

Do You Know How Things Grow?

Do You Know How Things Grow?

Back in November, we wrote about an upcoming project called “How Does It Grow?” Created by Nicole and Mark Jolly, it’s an educational series hoping to teach adults and children alike not where their food comes from but, more simply, what their food actually is. Three months later, the first episode has finally arrived and it’s all about mushrooms – the food with a “case of mistaken identity.” As of Friday, February 21 you could […]

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February 24, 2014 at 10:00 amCulture

The 3 Most Important Trends of the 2012 Agricultural Census

The 3 Most Important Trends of the 2012 Agricultural Census

On February 20, 2014, the USDA released the preliminary draft of the 2012 agricultural census. In the following days, many news sites reported the information deemed to be the most important to the census. Yet the information contained in the census becomes more important over time. These quick roundups only tell part of the story. For example, the census can be used to chart the importance of changes to USDA programs such as the Beginning […]

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February 24, 2014 at 8:00 amNews

Is Chipotle Miniseries “Farmed and Dangerous” Clever Satire or Another Attack on Big Ag?

Is Chipotle Miniseries “Farmed and Dangerous” Clever Satire or Another Attack on Big Ag?

Chipotle presented their first national commercial during the 2011 Grammy awards. Titled “Back to the Start,” the advertisement—which at two and a half minutes was more of a short film—told the story of a man who switches to factory farming methods, discovers the error of his ways, and goes back to sustainable farming practices. That advertisement, with its ensuing media coverage and awards, set the tone for Chipotle’s “Food With Integrity” marketing plan. Rather than […]

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February 21, 2014 at 1:01 pmFeatures Reviews

West – Triple Berry Oatmeal

West – Triple Berry Oatmeal

The best berries come from your own garden, but the ones available at your local farmer’s market are probably a close second. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are available 10 months out of the year in Southern California. The farmers take a break in November and December but start shipping again in January. The peak season is April through June. Berries of all kinds are one of the best fruits to eat. They are comparatively low […]

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February 20, 2014 at 9:16 amSeasonal Recipes West

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

This is one of the several recipes I picked up from Wisconsin last Thanksgiving, thanks to Aunt Amy. My dad’s sister, Aunt Amy, has three children all in elementary/middle/high school. Likewise, Aunt Amy keeps her recipes on the lighter side. The way she described this soup went something like this:  Lindsay. I have never seen children beg for vegetables the way they beg for this soup. This is requested more than once a week. You. […]

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February 20, 2014 at 9:16 amMidwest Northeast Seasonal Recipes