Local Food News — World

EU study maps school food policies

Malta’s school food policy has no nutrient-based standards, according to a study that mapped out the situation across the EU. And the island is no exception since 11 other countries also have no food policy that determines the level of nutrients. The study covers the most recent national policy documents for standards and guidelines on food available in primary and secondary schools. The study describes policies according to common criteria, such as foods that are allowed or banned, nutrient levels, dining facilities, catering services and marketing restrictions. Times of Malta story.


Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies

My plan was to convince the kids that it would be a good thing for us and that they could pick out the chicks. Last October I was able to get the family down to Portage Bay Grange in Seattle’s University District and home of all things backyard chicken and more. After showing my family the freshly hatched chicks, I knew I had won. I mean, who can resist a fluffy little chick? So, we brought three home with all the required accoutrements and set up shop in the basement. After naming them, we cared for them like they were the young dragons in Game of Thrones. Jason Price blog on Modern Farmer.


Boosting Local Food, One Parking Lot and Hot Pepper at a Time

Today, the idea of “buying local” is firmly rooted in our culture. Farmers markets flourish almost every day of the week in western Massachusetts. Community-supported farms offer the chance to buy a share of a crop. And lots of farm stands and retail stores trumpet the sale of local produce. The value of a “local” perspective is even rubbing off on other parts of the Pioneer Valley’s economy, including financial investing. In our series, A New Kind of Local, we look at the growth and the challenges of the movement, starting with a history of local food. New England Public Radio post.


Nation’s largest public Food Forest takes root on Beacon Hill

Sandwiched between 15th Ave. S. and the play fields at the SW edge of Jefferson Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle are seven acres of lonely, sloping lawn that have sat idly in the hands of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) for the better part of a century. At least until this spring, when the land that has only ever known the whirring steel of city mowers will begin a complete transformation into seven acres of edible landscape and community park space known as the Beacon Food Forest. The end goal is an urban oasis of public food: Visitors to the corner of 15th Ave S. and S. Dakota Street will be greeted by a literal forest — an entire acre will feature large chestnuts and walnuts in the overstory, full-sized fruit trees like big apples and mulberries in the understory, and berry shrubs, climbing vines, herbaceous plants, and vegetables closer to the ground. Crosscut story. Website.


When Eating Local Won World War I

As we sit firmly planted in the middle of the locavore renaissance, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t the first time local food has been all the rage. It’s happened before, although not particularly by choice. In 1914, as war was spreading across Europe, the Wilson administration started to implement an extremely spartan food conservation program that shaped the way Americans ate for the next six years. Although America remained neutral for most of the war — finally declaring war against Germany in 1917 – President Wilson and the head of the U.S. Food Administration (and future president) Hebert Hoover were keen to ensure that famine-stricken Europe would not fall to the Central Powers. Modern Farmer post.


Local food outgrows niche

Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they’re increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods. San Jose Mercury News story.


Healthier Corner Stores: Positive Impacts and Profitable Changes

Through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit, supports corner store owners who want to increase the healthy food inventory in their stores and help their customers make healthier choices. The Food Trust’s work in corner stores is just one piece of the organization’s comprehensive approach to improving access to the healthy foods necessary to live a healthy life. Food Trust  report.


Kitchen Closure Petition Launched After Maryport Hospital Apple Ban

Michael Thompson, 67, of Maple Close, has delivered petition forms to 35 locations around Maryport. He is urging people to oppose the planned closure of the hospital kitchen and the possible loss of two jobs. Mr Thompson also criticised new regulations, which he described as “health and safety gone mad”. He claimed: “I have one of the best apple trees in Maryport and used to take apples down to the hospital kitchen for patients. “I am not allowed to do that any more in the same way as the League of Friends are not allowed to take meat they have bought from a respectable butcher.” Times & Star story.


The value of shooting

Shooters spend £2.5 billion each year on goods and services. It is worth £2 billion to the UK economy and supports the equivalent of 74,000 full-time jobs. Nearly two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting and shoot providers spend nearly £250 million a year on conservation. At least 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets. Shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation – the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs. The BASC are calling for more supportive policies, greater links to business, tourism, environmental and sporting programmes the removal of poor unnecessary red tape. British Association for Shooting and Conservation. RuSource Briefing 2007.


Food glorious food at packed-out festival

Hundreds of stallholders and thousands of people, from Belper and further afield, descended on the town on Sunday, July 13, for the ‘packed out’ festival, dubbed the premier event in the town’s culinary calendar. Despite a few spots of rain early on, the sun came out in the afternoon and so did the crowds, making it impossible to walk down parts of King Street as there were so many people. The fair took over the Market Place, the length of King Street, the Memorial Gardens and side streets. Belper News story.




This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it? It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the painstaking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old. io9 blog.


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