What We Learned Skipping Supermarkets and Restaurants for a Year
Last October, Rachel Hoff and Tom Ferguson embarked on an experiment in hyper-locavore healthy eating. For the next 12 months, the couple from Vallejo, Calif., wouldn’t set foot in a grocery store or restaurant. Their family’s diet would consist entirely of non-processed foods gathered from farmers markets, a local sustainable food-buying club, and their own quarter-acre backyard. During the experiment’s final three months, Hoff and Ferguson didn’t buy any food at all—relying strictly on the bounty produced from animals and gardens on their property, and what they could get bartering with neighbors and nearby farmers. The couple chronicled the year-long challenge in their blog, A Year Without Groceries, and they answer my questions below. Time article.
Australian National Food Plan
In its 2010 election commitment the Australian Government indicated that the key aims for a national food plan were to integrate food policy by looking at the whole food supply chain, to protect Australia’s food security, and to develop a strategy to maximise food production opportunities. It also outlined a wide range of issues it would consider when developing a national food plan. Website.
Canned Film Festival – Farmageddon
There’s a hidden war raging against local family farms by the corporate agricultural machine. The new documentary film Farmageddon sheds light on this battle over our dinner plates, arguing for “food freedom” in the face of industrial might. To kick-off the opening of this movie at The Loft, there will be a Farmer’s Network gathering from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday September 16 on the Loft patio. Mingle and connect with the farmers and activists working to build a resilient local food system. Tucson Citizen story.
5-course locavore dinner in Wauwatosa
A five-course wine dinner on Sept. 22 at McCormick & Schmick’s in Wauwatosa will draw all of the proteins, produce and dairy components from Wisconsin. The menu: escabeche made with Rushing Waters rainbow trout, tomato, serrano chiles, cilantro and green onion; corn soup garnished with blue cheese fritter and truffled Lake Superior smelt; Growing Power lake perch with heirloom tomato, watercress and bacon; Lake Superior whitefish, soybean puree, dashi and pickled cucumber salad; and apple charlotte with Purple Door’s salted caramel ice cream. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog.
‘Ulu Cooking Contest: Entries Welcome
A breadfruit Cooking Contest will rock taste buds on Saturday, September 24 during the morning hours of the Ho’oulu Ka ‘Ulu – Breadfruit Festival at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. An extravaganza of breadfruit tasting will take place following the Cooking Contest judging. First, the general public will be able to purchase tickets for tasting the contest entries after the judging is completed. Then two guest chefs will be demonstrating how to make various delicious breadfruit dishes—Chef Olelo pa‘a Ogawa of Glow Hawai’i and Scott Lutey, Executive Chef of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Museum. Throughout the day, Chef Betty Saiki and students from the West Hawaii Culinary Arts School will be preparing breadfruit delicacies and other locally grown foods for sale. Recipes will be made available to the public. Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network post.
Santa Monica’s Farmers Market Turns 30: Candid Shots of LA Chefs Shopping
Among Los Angeles chefs, the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is sustenance-sacred. This week, the market is 30 years old, and the intersection of Arizona and Second Street is, now more than ever, the Hump Day hubbub for the city’s top locavore chefs. Huffington Post story.
SF Has Fewer Vegetarians and Vegans than Rest of US
Get this: San Francisco has fewer vegetarians and vegans per capita — and more fast food junkies — than the rest of the US, according to an online survey. People were allowed to choose more than one of the nine possible ways to describe themselves. Personally I would have first chosen “Locavore,” and we lead the nation in those at 21 percent, but that came in only seventh here of the nine categories available. We’re also the national leader in “Health Nut” (25 percent) and second in “Foodie” (33 percent). San Francisco Weekly story.
Green Growth Strategy for Food and Agriculture: Preliminary OECD Report
A major shift in farm policy and practice is needed if a growing world population is to be fed without over-exploiting scarce natural resources or further damaging the environment, according to a new OECD report. A Green Growth Strategy for Food and Agriculture: Preliminary Report says governments can avoid a conflict between growth and the environment if the right incentives are put in place. Report (1.2 MB PDF).
5 iPhone Apps That Help You Eat Like A Locavore
Are you a locavore yet? You are if you make it a point to eat foods sustainably grown, baked, and raised in your local community. There are lots of rich green, leafy reasons to eat local. It’s is easy on your body, your budget, and the environment. Get a head start today with these five smart locavore apps for iPhone. They’ll help you blend more grass-fed, heirloom, and free-range eats into your diet, from the farm to the fork to the canning jar. (Well, except for the eating part; that’s all you.) Dig in below. EarthTechling post.
Guess What’s Coming for Dinner? – The Politics of Food in the 21st Century
Our food is at risk. Agricultural and social trends are affecting our health, increasing our energy use, causing loss of soil and farmland, institutionalizing animal cruelty and degrading what shows up on our plates. We take the abundance and quality of our food for granted, but lately we have discovered that much of it is unhealthy. This Chautauqua will present innovative and emerging solutions to the economic and political challenges for obtaining sustainable and wholesome food. Cape May Forums agenda & speakers, September 15 to 25.
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Shepreth villagers toast ‘world’s smallest pub’
Villagers toast campaigners for opening a bar in a telephone box in an attempt to save a pub from redevelopment. Organisers from the Save the Plough in Shepreth opened the Dog and Bone to raise awareness for their campaign to stop their village pub being turned into a five-bedroom house. Cambridge First (UK) story.