Urban Farming Reaches Out Into For-Profit Sector In San Francisco
San Francisco is set to roll out significant changes this fall, following cities like Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., and Seattle. The new rules would let city farmers sell their produce without the old roadblocks and enshrine 21st-century urban agriculture in the books. AnMarie Rodgers, a San Francisco city planner and the daughter of an Iowa pig farmer, is circulating a draft zoning change – one that has not been made public – that she hopes will be introduced in mid-September. It has the support of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who last year ordered the city to increase healthy and sustainable food. New York Times story.
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Everyone Is In Favor Of Better Flavor But Is ‘Local’ A Solution Or An Ideology?
The whole focus on flavor struck us as an attempt by the industry to deal with the local movement. After all, if you are a national shipper, you can’t really deliver all “Local” produce, but you can look at consumers and ask what they hope to get by buying local and try to deliver that. Certainly one of the motivations for consumers to buy local is the notion that the produce can be picked riper and thus be more flavorful. Perishable Pundit blog.
Investigating the Potential Economic Impacts of Local Foods for Southwest Iowa
This study evaluates regional economic impact gains that might accrue if the region were to increase its fresh fruit and vegetable production to accommodate local or regional demand. The study region is composed of 10 counties: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. This area includes some of Iowa’s most rural areas, yet it also is strongly influenced by the metropolitan reach of Omaha and Council Bluffs to the west and Des Moines on the east, which also serve as potential markets. There were two production scenarios evaluated in this research. The first has farmers in the 10-county region producing enough of 22 fruits and vegetables to meet the amount of local consumption that would be expected to occur during a typical Iowa growing season. Leopold Centre for Sustainable Agriculture report. News release. Full report.
Death of a Farm
The oldest is the Tuttle farm, near Dover, N.H., which is also one of the oldest business enterprises in America. It made the news last week because its owner — a lineal descendant of John Tuttle, the original settler — has decided to go out of business. It was founded in 1632. In a letter on their Web site, the Tuttles cite “exhaustion of resources” as the reason to sell the farm. The exhausted resources they list include bodies, minds, hearts, imagination, equipment, machinery and finances. They do not mention soil, which has been renewed and redeemed repeatedly. New York Times opinion by Verlyn Klinkenborg.
A food bill we need
Right now, our country has a major opportunity to make our schools and our children healthier. It’s an opportunity we haven’t seen in years, and one that is too important to let pass by. The Child Nutrition Bill working its way through Congress has support from both Democrats and Republicans. This groundbreaking legislation will bring fundamental change to schools and improve the food options available to our children. To start, the bill will make it easier for the tens of millions of children who participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program — and many others who are eligible but not enrolled — to get the nutritious meals they need to do their best. Michelle Obama writes in the Washington Post.
The Fight Over Food Deserts — Corporate America Smacks Its Way Down
Walmart sees Chicago’s South side as the key to the rest of the city — in fact as the key to all cities. According to the Chicago Tribune, in a recent meeting with Mayor Daley Walmart offered to open grocery stores in food deserts in exchange for access to the other, more desirable locations. ” Seventeen percent of American jobs are in the food system, and those jobs are among the lowest paid in the country. If food industry leaders are serious about improving food access, they need to start by tackling food insecurity where it starts — with sub-poverty wages. Huffington Post analysis.
Bring Back Home Economics Education
Home economics, otherwise known as domestic education, was a fixture in secondary schools through the 1960s, at least for girls. The underlying concept was that future homemakers should be educated in the care and feeding of their families. This idea now seems quaint, but in the midst of a pediatric obesity epidemic and concerns about the poor diet quality of adolescents in the United States, instruction in basic food preparation and meal planning skills needs to be part of any long-term solution. Journal of American Medical Association article. (scroll down to page two)
Q&A with Locavore Jessica Prentice of Three Stone Hearth
Jessica Prentice’s claim to fame comes from coining the term locavore, chosen as the 2007 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. The New York City-trained natural chef lives and breathes the locavore lifestyle. She is a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth, a community supported kitchen cooperative in Berkeley, California, which sells nutrient-dense, prepared foods (think soups and stews in bone broth made from scratch), and co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel, a whimsically illustrated guide to local, seasonal and ecologically-sound eating. Lettuce Eat Kale interview.
Europen urges industry and regulators to adopt sustainable packaging report
A new report laying out vital building blocks for the development of sustainable packaging could be hugely significant but only if industry players and regulators adopt and implement its findings, said trade body Europen. Julian Carroll, managing director of the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) called on companies and regulators alike to embrace the study from the Global Packaging Project (GPP) which sets out for the first time common definitions and systems of measurements on sustainable packaging. The initiative, undertaken as part of the Consumer Goods Forum Sustainability Pillar, will only work if firms and rule-making organisations make it part of the way they do business, said Carroll, echoing the “call to action” for industry by the report authors. Food Production Daily story.
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Robert Duncan’s rural idyll paintings
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