I know: bacon tastes good. There’s no denying it. But even if you don’t care at all about animal rights, there are some solid reasons to check that bacon obsession.
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Farm to table: Chefs flaunt it, and we flock to farmers markets to support our small, local farms. But is it really making a difference for our farmers?
Want to grow a bit of fresh food in your backyard, but struggling to iron out the details? A boatload of online tools can guide you, including a newcomer to the web: Sprout It.
A new child friendly cafe features worry-free, healthy, organically grown fresh food for families and a cozy place to meet and eat. Bumble is an example of an innovative small business enabled by a local food network.
The OWS movement is focusing national attention on the grossly skewed distribution of wealth and power and this is reflected in our nation’s food production systems, which are dominated by industrial agribusiness. For farmers to join the OWS movement is a natural dovetailing of the issues.
The total dollars for local food sales are much bigger than expected- a whopping $4.8 billion in 2008, and almost double that number is predicted for 2010 according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. And even though the percentage of local food sales are small when compared to total food sales nationally, they are significant for their impact at the local level.
The trend of international land grabbing—when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export—can have serious environmental and social consequences, according to researchers at the Worldwatch Institute.
I had the chance to talk with Andrea Thomas, Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Sustainability, about Wal-Mart’s new healthy eating initiative. She kindly answered a few questions I had about the programs.
Whole Foods Market offers loans to small businesses that meet Whole Foods’ quality standards through their Local Producer Loan Program. Loans range from $1,000 to $100,000.
Now is the time for small farmers to apply for grants. A number of organizations offer grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Every grant has different requirements. Some grants specifically target women or minorities. Some are limited to a geographical location. And some organizations offer grants for projects that will further […]
As many of you mentioned in the comments when we asked for your thoughts about the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Tester-Hagan Amendment is critical to protect family farmers in this broadly-worded bill.
The final vote on this bill is expected to happen this week, so it’s urgent that we act now to support family farms!
[social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress is considering new legislation to make food safer. Given how often the industrial food industry violates safety procedures, more regulation seems like a no-brainer. But a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle highlights fears that […]
Wal-Mart recently announced that it will be focusing more on local food. Will this be good or bad for local economies?