Local Food News — World

The Local Logo CIC

We believe that good food doesn’t need to cost the Earth. Our logo lets you know that your produce has been sourced within the region you bought it. A product bearing the Local Logo will have originated within 150 km of where it is sold. Our Local Logo for the United States and Canada incorporates ‘miles’ as the more commonly used measure of distance. Website.


Future of Local Food in Australia Workshop

The local food movement is sweeping the world. Consumer demand for locally produced food is on the rise, reversing the trend of recent decades that suggested farms would only get bigger and further away from the populace. This conference will explore how to design food systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century and the role of local government in supporting this emerging trend. Municipal Association of Victoria post.


The Food Summit

Next week, over 10,000 international Web Summit guests will be treated to an authentic Irish food experience at Ireland’s very first Food Summit. The Web Summit, in partnership with Good Food Ireland, are bringing over 60 Good Food Ireland-approved businesses from the four corners of Ireland to provide guests with tastings of Irish food from some of the country’s top chefs, bakers, farmers, cheese-makers and fishermen, as well as beverages from top artisan craft brewers and juice-makers. Website.


Perspectives on Planning for Agriculture and Food Security in the Commonwealth

The report contains a top ten list of Strategic Directions that Commonwealth planners could use to move forward planning for food security.  Also there are info sheets on five specific tools/ strategies that Commonwealth planners can use in planning for agriculture and food security.  In addition there are a range of case studies and a literature review. Report.


Bag The Good Stuff at This Year’s Show

Visitors to the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show will again have the chance to sample some of South Australia’s best food and beverage products through a project aimed at connecting consumers with locally produced goods. The Gourmet Goodie Bag, philanthropic brain-child of Tucker’s Natural Managing Director Sam Tucker, brings together products from some of SA’s most respected brands in a one-stop-shop show bag for lovers of local food and beverages. Food South Australia post.


10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Paris, France

Not so long ago, the city of Paris was a hub for urban agriculture. Beginning in the late 17th century, Paris was nearly agriculturally self-sufficient, and urban farmers known as maraîchers (market farmers) pioneered intensive urban farming techniques that are still used today. However, after the occupation of Paris in World War II, agriculture was pushed out of the city to a surrounding “green belt,” which spans 30 kilometers (18 miles). The city still relies on this local produce as its primary source of fresh food. Now, urban agriculture is quickly returning to the City of Light thanks to the Green Hand Charter (Charte Main Verte), an initiative allowing Parisians to establish community gardens on public land in collaboration with the city. About 130 community gardens have already sprouted around the city. Food Tank post.


USDA puts $5.7 million toward healthier school food

Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon on Thursday announced $5.7 million in funds to help help schools serve healthier meals and snacks. The grants to state agencies administering the National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food Programs will expand and enhance training programs that help schools encourage kids to make healthy choices. Meatingplace story (subscription).


Lessons in Sustainable Farming: An Interview with Hal Hamilton

Hal Hamilton is founder and co-director of Sustainable Food Laboratory, which brings corporations and NGOs together to help mainstream food producers incorporate sustainable practices. Before his work with the Sustainable Food Lab, Hamilton worked as a commercial dairy farmer and received the “Master Conservationist” award. Now, he lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School, and more. He has published several articles, columns, and book chapters on agricultural policy. Food Tank interview.


Fermentation workshop

Join the fermenting extraordinaire Petra Hyam, in experiencing first hand the sourdough bread, kefir and kombucha making processes. You will take home a kombucha starter, water kefir grains, a sourdough starter, a loaf of freshly baked bread, dough ready to bake at home, recipes and how-to guides for sourdough, kombucha and kefir. Local Food Connect post.


Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County

We the people of Lane County know that a local food system is essential to the well-being of residents, farmers, local food producers, consumers and our local economy, and is dependent upon the health of the natural communities of Lane County. We the people of Lane County assert that our local food system can function and thrive only where there are protected rights to local food and to save and share seed, and rights for natural communities; all of which are anchored by the right of the community to self-government; and that our local food system can exist and endure only in the absence of genetically engineered organisms, seed patents and corporate and government interference in the aforementioned rights. Local Food Rights ordinance (proposed).




Graphic: Local food might not be as ‘local’ as you think

USA Today Network looks at how farmers markets and federal law define local produce. Graphic.


40 maps that explain food in America

The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure. Vox post.


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