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Saoirse’s latest role – promoting eco-friendly homegrown food

SHE’S the darling of Hollywood but Saoirse Ronan’s latest film role was all about supporting homegrown talent of a different variety. The actor has been filming at the historic Newgrange site this week, to promote the green credentials of top-quality Irish food. The Oscar-nominated star features in a new video aimed at promoting the Origin Green programme which has already signed up more than 60,000 Irish farms and 350 food businesses committed to more eco-friendly food production. Irish Independent story.

Woolworths Future of Fresh report reveals the supermarket of 2034

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has released a report which it said gives a “unique insight into the future of supermarket shopping. Woolworths said its Future of Fresh report has built a picture of how Australia will be shopping in 20 years time, revealing a continuing shift towards fresh, hyper-local produce and the convergence of new technologies to make grocery shopping a more innovative and immersive experience. Australian Food News story.

North Alabama schools announce collaboration with area’s first local food hub

Students at schools throughout Madison County are enjoying more locally-grown food through a new partnership with North Alabama farmers. The Farm Food Collaborative, a project of the Food Bank of North Alabama, officially kicked off its partnership with the three local school districts on Thursday. The collaborative is North Alabama’s first local food hub designed to help family farms sell their produce to schools, workplace cafeterias, distributors, restaurants and grocery stores. Al.com story.

The “Future is Food” secures its place on National Curriculum

‘The Future is Food’ introduces Transition Year students to the Irish food and drinks industry, with the aim of broadening the knowledge and understanding of the local, artisanal and speciality foods sector amongst future generations. Through this interactive education programme, students are provided with an opportunity to actively engage with aspects of the food sector, giving them practical insight and real-life experience. This unit is ground-breaking in that it is bringing chefs and food producers from local communities into the schools to work with the students on a voluntary basis. Limerick Post story.

How Australia’s food lobby works

But although it is highly globalised, the food industry is far from homogeneous. Big Food in Australia is not the same as the industry in the United States, where much of the popular media has come from. Still, that doesn’t mean Australian food and beverage lobbying is benign. Responding to the threat posed by the food industry to public health locally requires a clear understanding of food industry tactics in the context of Australia’s political and lobbying culture. Adelaide Independent News commentary.

10 Great Urban Agriculture Projects in San Antonio

The local sustainable food movement is alive and thriving in San Antonio, Texas. Food Tank presents ten urban agriculture projects in San Antonio that are leading the charge for a better food system. Food Tank Post.

The ‘Magnificent Seven’ – local food producers begin new chapter as Irish Food Co-Op is launched

The newly formed Irish Co-Op will boldly take local food products where they have struggled to go before – new markets, new processes and ultimately new profits for the growing local food industry in the south east. The premise of the Irish Food Co-op is simple. Leave local food producers do what they are good at – namely making great food – and look after the other crucial ingredients of a successful business – marketing, distribution, invoicing and cashflow. Kilkenny People story.

Obama Administration Launches Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

That’s why today we’re announcing the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture. The idea was born eight months ago, when an international delegation of leaders—including many from the USDA, the State Department, and USAID—met in South Africa for the Global Conference on Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture. There, we charted a more sustainable path to food security—one that preserves the environment while driving broad-based economic growth. United States Department of Agriculture post.

What is Community Underwriting?

A few years back, when I worked in Retail Banking, small businesses were among the customers my group focused on. Through many conversations with lenders and underwriters, I came to realize why most banks don’t like to lend to small businesses in food and agriculture: from the perspective of a bank office, these businesses appear damn hard to understand and underwrite. Community members, on the other hand, are not only closer to a business’ Market (they are part of it!), they are also revenue-generating participants, not just its observing actuaries. Credibles post.

Taking account of shared and cultural values of ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are important to us in both practical and emotional terms, and how different individuals and communities recognise and relate to them depends on personal, shared, and cultural values. These values are not always explicitly expressed through conventional surveys or reflected in economic valuation. They often become clear only after people have talked with others about what matters most to them. If natural assets are to be managed for the benefit and wellbeing of all, however, we need to understand the values that individuals and communities attach to them in different circumstances. RuSource Briefing 2053.


Just how averse are consumers to GMOs?

With advocacy groups decrying the use of GMO crops and trying to label products that contain them, it’s worth assessing whether the rhetoric goes beyond activists to everyday consumers. The Hartman Group’s new special report, “GMO Perceptions, Knowledge and Labeling,” finds the population that’s averse to GMOs looks much like America, demographically. They’re passionate about the subject, but ill-equipped to act on their intent. Many do not use the most dominant GMO-free seal and do not trust organic as a proxy for non-GMO. More broadly, consumers are confused about GMOs – what they are, what foods they’re in, how they affect health and the environment. Despite not understanding many of these issues, most consumers instinctively feel concern is warranted. In fact, four out of ten consumers say they are avoiding or reducing GMOs in their daily diet. Hartman Group post (promo for a very expensive report).


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