118 Twitter Feeds Every Food Activist Needs to Follow
For anyone interested in changing the food system today, Twitter has proven to be a valuable tool for getting updated on current events, taking inspiration from individuals and organizations in the field, and simply gaining publicity. With an estimated 200 million active users sending out a collective 400 million Tweets per day, it’s an effective and engaging forum for food movement activists – eaters, farmers, writers, and researchers all over the world. FoodTank post.
Praise for food sourcing policy
Stirling is the only area in the country where schoolchildren can lunch on chicken reared in Scotland. An investigation by the Scottish Green Party found that of the eight city councils in Scotland, only seven serve in their schools chicken sourced from abroad. In comparison, 90 per cent of the chicken served up in Stirling Council’s schools comes from Scotland, while the other 10 per cent comes from the rest of the UK. Stirling is involved in the Soil Association’s Food for Life scheme, which sets out the standards for sourcing food locally. Stirling Observer story.
Soil Association’s Food for Life Partnership
programme founded in 2007 and developed with five years’ (£16.9 million) of BIG Lottery funding. It is now being commissioned by local authorities and public health teams around England due to its proven positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing. Our network of schools and communities across England is committed to transforming food culture by: a) Revolutionising school meals to be fresh, seasonal, local and organic; b) Reconnecting young people with where their food comes from; and c) Inspiring families and communities to grow and cook food. Website.
Are payments for environment services (PES) a glass half full or half empty?
For two scientists, the goals and potential impact of PES are part of a longstanding debate that recently took a new turn. Along with 32 other authors, Roldan Muradian – a senior researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands – published ”Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions” in Conservation Letters, a journal that focuses on biological and social sciences.
Sven Wunder, a principal scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), published a response in the same journal: “When payments for environmental services will work for conservation”. Thompson Reuters Foundation post.
Live Nation commits to local produce, humane meat at outdoor venues
Live Nation is swapping out its conventional fast-food offerings for hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages with humane bona fides at its 38 amphitheaters in the United States, and will only source produce from a 100-mile radius of the venue. (The change is only at its amphitheaters, which include the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden — serving locally-sourced produce at indoor venues in February might mean a lot of baked potatoes.) NewJersey.com story. Live Nation press release.
Michael Pollan Talks ‘Cooked’ On ‘Colbert Report’
Michael Pollan stopped by “The Colbert Report” last night to talk about his new book (out today!), “Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation.” “What’s the latest locavore flim-flam in this one?,” Colbert ask Pollan. Pollan offers a compelling answer. “The most important thing about your diet is not a nutrient, but an activity: cooking.” Huffington Post.
State launches ‘Choose Colorado’ tour to promote local food
Colorado Department of Agriculture officials are hitting the road for their first-ever statewide “Choose Colorado” tour this month, heading to communities to pump up their 14-year-old Colorado Proud program for labeling and promoting locally made agriculture and food products. Standing just inside a Safeway store in south Denver Thursday, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar noted there now are more than 1,900 companies in the initiative, ranging from farms to food manufaturers to breweries and wineries. Denver Business Journal story.
Who Buys Food Directly from Producers in the Southeastern United States?
Selling food direct from the farm? Ask consumers about their family illnesses. That advice came from 2012 research among consumers in four major cities in the southeastern region of the U.S. When researchers examined who buys food directly from producers they discovered impact related to: a) Illness among respondents and their related family members. On average, about half reported that they and/or immediate family members had experienced four occurrences of illnesses involving cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; b) Relatively greater understanding of the agriculture industry; and c) •Higher levels of physical activity. Paper.
Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act
In order to create, strengthen, and expand local farm and food economies throughout Illinois, it shall be the goal of this State that 20% of all food and food products purchased by State agencies and State-owned facilities, including, without limitation, facilities for persons with mental health and developmental disabilities, correctional facilities, and public universities, shall, by 2020, be local farm or food products. The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council established under this Act shall support and encourage that 10% of food and food products purchased by entities funded in part or in by State dollars, which spend more than $25,000 per year on food or food products for its students, residents, or clients, including, without limitation, public schools, child care facilities, after-school programs, and hospitals, shall, by 2020, be local farm or food products. Illinois Act.
Library Program Focuses on Local Food
Are you interested in learning more about local food and how local produce can generate economic growth in a community? If so, you may want to check out a program at the Grayslake Public Library from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 21 titled: “The Green Series: 20% Local Food by 2020.” The 2007 Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act calls for a statewide 20 percent procurement goal of local food by the year 2020, according to the Grayslake Area Public Library. The seminar will be presented by Gianna Fazioli, the Local Foods Coordinator at College of Lake County and a part-time faculty for the Horticulture Department. Grayslake Patch story.
Illinois Local Food Farms and Jobs Council
Our educational purpose will help achieve the Illinois General Assembly purpose for the Council which is as follows: To facilitate the growth of an Illinois-based local farm and food product economy that revitalizes rural and urban communities, promotes healthy eating with access to fresh foods, creates jobs, ensures a readily available supply of safe food in an emergency event and supports economic growth through making local farm or food products available to all Illinois citizens. Website.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen Parody
You cannot beat the farmin’ life
I love it so much
Just to letcha’ know that
I love it so, so much
Video produced by Justin, written by our cousin Sam and Justin, helped by Jake. Inspired by ” I’m Farming and I Grow It ” by The Peterson Farm Bros. YouTube video.