April 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Making fresh local food more accessible to consumers and lucrative farmers is the goal of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, introduced to Congress this week by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).
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January 5th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A new report finds that as many as 46 percent of U.S. shoppers regularly seek out local, organic food and are willing to pay more for these food options as well.
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October 18th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Take it with a grain of hand-harvested crystallized pink Himalayan sea salt, but Whole Foods Market—the iconic gourmet natural and organic grocery chain—is reporting that more Americans than ever are opting for natural and organic foods.
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March 28th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The California Homemade Food Act, a bill that was proposed last year, is up for vote by the California State Assembly’s health committee on April 10. If approved, the bill would make California the 33rd state to allow the sale of certain homemade food items without the costs of permits or the rental of professional kitchens imposed on the purveyors. The bill would also encourage locally produced food, while keeping money circulating within local communities.
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December 6th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The demand for local food is exceeding the infrastructure says a new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service, titled Direct and Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States.
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June 15th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Louisiana’s legislature is considering a bill that would offer financial rewards to area restaurants that use locally grown fruits and vegetables in their menu items.
Read More:Louisiana Bill to Reward Restaurants that Go Local
February 22nd, 2011 - Brianne
With high unemployment and high grocery prices, even the most successful New Yorkers are taking a hit, so you can imagine what kind of state the low income families are in. It’s no secret that many low income neighborhoods lack in fresh food markets and for that reason have been linked to obesity for years. So in an effort to supplement wholesome, fresh meals to low income families, New York City Greenmarkets have been accepting food stamps for quite a while. However, with more NYers out of work, last year the purchases doubled to half a million in sales.
Read More:NYC Greenmarket Food Stamp Purchases Doubled in 2010
December 3rd, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Where does your food come from? If you say “the supermarket,” then stop reading and go sit in the corner. But the truth is a lot of people don’t know where their food is grown, raised, cooked, whatever. That’s why the Iowa City School District is taking time to introduce kids to farmers.
“We’re looking to introduce the kids to their local farmers,” a spokesperson from the Johnson County Local Food Alliance told the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “We want to make it fun because eating local is delicious and healthy.”
Read More:Iowa School Children Meet a Farmer
October 23rd, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Some kids at the University of New Mexico don’t want their fellow students chomping down junk food and snacks.
So they’ve setup a healthy alternative, an organic fruit stand. It opened for business today, and will sell fruit for $0.50 to $1.
They get the fruit in bulk from a local co-op, and plan to offer apples, pears, peaches, plums, and nectarines.
In addition to the fruit, kids working at the stand will pass out information and try to educate people on the benefits of locally grown food.
School officials were down with the idea right from the get-go, saying it’s a great example of collaboration between outside businesses and the campus, but they need more students to help out, if it’s going to be a weekly event.
No doubt, this is an awesome idea, but it would never work at my college. I’ve long since graduated, but I remember vividly watching one of my classmates eat two hotdogs covered with ketchup and a bowl of Lucky Charms for dinner.
So you try convincing a knucklehead like that to eat more fruit. Good luck.
Via New Mexico Daily Lobo.
Image credit: Loren Javier
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