World hunger best cured by small-scale agriculture: report
A move from industrial farming towards local food projects is our healthiest, most sustainable choice, says Worldwatch Institute. The key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture, according to a report from the Worldwatch Institute. The US-based institute’s annual State of the World report, published yesterday, calls for a move away from industrial agriculture and discusses small-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that work towards poverty and hunger relief in an environmentally sustainable way. Guardian story.
Root vegetables: Strange, subtle – and quite delicious
The Hungry Months sounds like the title of a moody Scandinavian thriller. In fact, it’s the farmers’ traditional name for the time from now until May, when little more than the last of the stored British apples and a few hardy cabbages stand between us and scurvy. But before you rush for the imported tomatoes and peppers, remember that while home-grown veg are thin on the ground, there are plenty underneath. Roots such as sweet carrot, slender salsify and ugly-but-delicious celeriac are all good to eat now. For all our love affair with Mediterranean vegetables, northern European ingredients have a more enduring charm. Telegraph (UK) story.
Africa: Urban Agriculture Innovations Feed Sub-Saharan Cities
As hunger cuts deeper through the divides of urban poverty and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa, innovations in urban agriculture hold promising solutions. “There is increasing recognition of the urbanization of the world and the role that urban and peri-urban agriculture plays to provide food supplies for the population that is most vulnerable in cities,” Daniel Gustafson, Director of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office for North America told MediaGlobal. All Africastory.
Stockbridge chief calls on Government to restore funding for school visits to farms
Graham Ward, chief executive of Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), is calling on the Government to undo its “disastrous” decision to remove public-access funding from new higher-level stewardship (HLS) schemes. Ward, who is also a director of a grower business, said the removal of this funding, which includes money for school visits, will hamper the Government’s aim of getting more people to eat fresh produce. Last year, Defra’s fruit and vegetable task force – set up to increase consumption and production of domestic fruit and vegetables – said that while programmes such as “5 A Day” helped increase consumption, “more work is needed to achieve behavioural change”. Horticulture Week story.
From Federal Hill to a family dairy in Vermont, tracing food traditions
The sun streamed into the barn, silhouetting Lindsay Harris as she introduced her cows. “Jemima is a bit of a showoff,’’ she said, scratching under the chin of the sand-colored Jersey. “And that’s Pasha, and Dora is in the corner.’’ Harris is a dairy farmer in rural Vermont and one of the passionate people on Chris Howell’s Vermont Farm Tours. On another day, visitors to the Federal Hill section of Providence watch women roll, cut, and fill ravioli squares by hand at Venda Ravioli. The tiny kitchen, tucked behind a bank, is a stop on chef Cindy Salvato’s “Savoring Federal Hill’’ tour. Boston globe story.
Visit the Countryside Conservancy Winter Farmers’ Market
It’s March in Northeast Ohio. What’s a locavore to do? Go to the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy’s Winter Farmers’ Market, this week’s Great Escape. With the winter farmers’ market, fresh, locally produced food is available even when there’s snow on the ground. Although the selection changes a bit from market day to market day, Countryside Conservancy Farmers’ Market Assistant Heather Roszczyk said many of the same or similar items are available each time. The fresh produce, however, is seasonal. Fairlawn-Bath patch story.
Online Farmers Market, A Hit
A small movement towards locally grown food has turned into an online sensation. “We started to get more bigger so we started hatching out more chickens,” said 11-year-old Farmer Hunter Abney. It all started with six farmers and a friend’s backyard. Now the online farmer’s market locavore.com has nearly 80 farmers selling their goods over the internet. Timm, a St.Charles nurse, started the website as a way to help farmers combat the recession. Buyers can put in orders online every other Tuesday and pick up the products Thursdays at local shop on American lane. Patricia Moore said Central Oregon Locavore gave her and other famers an easy way to sell their products during a tough season. She even credits Locavore for 50-percent of her profits. “Very significant especially in the winter time. This year I ‘am doing very well in the winter where in the past you just sit on product going I can already wait for the farmers market,” said Moore. KOHD TV story.
‘Eat In’ invites you
Whether you’re an organic locavore, meat-loving cowboy or you simply love the smell of freshly baked treats; join us in celebrating the best in South African produce. Eat In invites you to be a part of this foodie experience at the first Eat In Night Market. On Thursday the 17 March from 5pm onwards the Old Biscuit Mill will be transformed into a lively night market to celebrate the 2011 SAB Eat In Produce Awards. We’ll be tapping our feet to the beat of Dave Ferguson, drinking ice-cold micro-beer — specially brewed for the event — and indulging in some of the finest culinary delights produced across South Africa. iAfrica.com story.
Farmers markets and Local Food Marketing
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began publishing the National Directory of Farmers Markets which list farmers markets known to operate in the U.S. As of 2008, USDA currently does a comprehensive update every year. The following graph shows the number of markets at each update. Farmers Market Growth: 1994-2010 graph.
Ovation to Premiere Local-Foods Series
Ovation is set to premiere In Search of Food, a new three-part series about the popularity of using locally sourced ingredients in the culinary world, on May 10 at 8 p.m. The series will be hosted by chef, author and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver, and will focus on the so-called “locavore” movement, which began in the 1970s with Alice Waters and her restaurant Chez Panisse. In Search of Food will follow Seaver as he ventures to Minneapolis, New York and San Francisco to meet local farmers, chefs and food craftsmen, charting the origins and growth of artisanal foods. World Screen story.
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