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Food Fight Music Video Fights Big Ag

“Food Fight” is the most visceral call to action I’ve ever heard for fighting our corporate-controlled food system. The music video was produced by Oakland-based Earth Amplified (a “green hip hop” group) and SOS Juice, a non-profit that sells fruit juice and compost. The video also features Stic. Man of Dead Prez, and the voice of agricultural activist Vandana Shiva, whose voice sets the tone: “If they control seed, they control food, they know it; […]

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March 9, 2013 at 9:57 amPolicy

Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge Needs You For a Fan

Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Challenge Needs You For a Fan

Bloomberg Philanthropies has chosen 20 finalists for their first “Mayor’s Challenge” award this year. The award is large—$5 million for the winner and $1 for each of four finalists—and will be given to the city who comes up with the most innovative way to improve city life.  Since applications became available in June, over 47 states have submitted an idea. Now, only twenty finalists are left. Their ideas range from developing an open-source, data analyzation […]

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March 6, 2013 at 9:18 amPolicy

How Pizza Became a Vegetable

How Pizza Became a Vegetable

Are two tablespoons of tomato sauce a healthy choice to feed your kids and provide them with the proper vegetable intake they need to grow up healthy and strong? The answer given by Congress in 2011 was a resounding yes. While Congress did not explicitly declare a slice of pizza as a veggie for schoolchildren, they did bend to the influence of corporate food lobbyists to keep tomato sauce as a vegetable serving, allowing the […]

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March 3, 2013 at 7:00 amFeatures Policy

There’s Something About GE Salmon

There’s Something About GE Salmon

In America, over 500,000 pounds of salmon are consumed a year, third only to shrimp and canned tuna. It’s easy for consumers to conjure up the image of an old, crusty fisherman decked out in a rain-slicker catching their salmon straight from the ocean. In reality, most salmon are farmed in a controlled environment. Recently the FDA has taken steps to approve genetically engineered (GE) salmon—the first GE animal for human consumption. Expected to pass […]

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February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pmPolicy

Obesity is Walking Out of Memphis

Obesity is Walking Out of Memphis

I’m from Memphis, the most obese city in America. In 2011, the Gallup Poll redefined Memphis as more than just the home of the blues, Elvis, and pork barbecue. They ranked us as the number one most obese city, thank ya, thank ya very much. With 12.4% of the Memphians diagnosed with diabetes, 29.7% of Memphians defined as obese, and only 56.7% who eat produce on a regular basis, we took the cake and ate it […]

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February 23, 2013 at 5:45 amPolicy

Rhode Island Hatching Business with Kitchen Incubators

It was pouring rain as residents of Warren, Rhode Island filed into Town Hall on October 15, 2012. They’d come to vote on an issue that had become the talk of the town in recent months—a proposed kitchen incubator in the old schoolhouse on Main Street. Funded by a $3 million USDA grant, the Hope & Main kitchen incubator project would develop the schoolhouse into several kitchen and storage spaces that would be leased to […]

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February 22, 2013 at 5:30 amPolicy

Washington State’s I-522: The Road to GMO Labeling

Washington State’s I-522: The Road to GMO Labeling

The stage has been set for the next battle over food labeling. In Washington State, an initiative has been submitted to the state legislature that aims to inform consumers about the food they eat. Initiative 522, also known as “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” or I-522 (no, not the highway), contains similar language to Prop 37, a GMO labeling bill that was narrowly defeated last November. If passed, the bill would […]

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February 18, 2013 at 1:56 pmPolicy