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12/12/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 6 OF 6 The Power of Institutions to Change the Food System New England schools, hospitals, and institutions of higher education serve approximately 3.8 million people every day and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverage each year. Increasingly, these institutions are
11/27/17
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on November 20, 2017. “We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand.” – URSULA K. Le GUIN A note on the quotes below (and the Le Guin quote above): I am grateful for the beautiful piece by Evan Bissel, “Frames for Life,
11/21/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 5 of 6 Over the past several weeks, this blog series has presented data on the K-12, college, and hospital sectors in New England and has provided information on shared language, operational characteristics, and purchasing trends as they affect farm to institution activity. Understanding
11/8/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 4 of 6 As interest in local food procurement increases at the institutional level, purchasers are reaching out to some of New England's 35,000 farms to help supply them with local product [1]. According to data collected by FINE and our partners, institutions are buying a variety of items
11/7/17
Race and equity are concerns in all parts of our society, and the food system is no different. From food apartheid to low wages, the food system reflects discrimination in zoning, education, housing, labor protections, and in electoral representation. Identifying what we can do to unravel systemic oppression, and then aligning our institutions to take up the tasks, is a challenge for any

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