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11/26/15
On this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be grateful for, yet on a day so focused on food and family, it is hard to escape the fact, nor should we remain comfortable with the reality, that nearly one in seven Americans reports being food insecure, meaning that they are unable to consistently meet their food needs. Feeding America has an interactive site that provides critical information
11/19/15
For the past 10 years, University of Maine students have been fed by a giant corporate food distributor. If Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative wins the next contract, they’ll send millions of dollars to local farmers and fishermen instead. Imagine university students across the state of Maine sitting down to eat local vegetables harvested two days ago at Jordan’s Farm; and fish caught by local
11/12/15
With the interest in local food booming, the NH Food Alliance is answering the call for more connection and collaboration within the Granite State food system. On Tuesday, November 17 th the NH Food Alliance will convene a statewide gathering with new and existing network participants to share its forthcoming publication of the Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative, celebrate the
11/9/15
Farm to Plate Network concludes fourth year of work implementing Vermont’s food system plan by exploring connections between the health of soil and water to the long term productivity and sustainability of local food production “Farm in nature’s image” was the takeaway message shared by Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist at the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and
11/5/15
On Monday, October 26, the White House recognized 12 individuals from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture. UConn Extension’s Jiff Martin was selected as one of the recipients. These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural
11/2/15
Julius Kolawole has a plan to “bring the ocean to the desert.” Or at least the fish. The desert, in this case, is a “food desert,” places defined by the USDA as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food” which “have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
10/26/15
On Tuesday, October 20, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Farm to School Census data confirming the multiple benefits of farm to school programs for kids, communities, and farmers. These early results from the latest Farm to School Census provide data on the 2013-2014 school year. Early Results Are In – and Positive! Census data confirms that farm to school
10/22/15
Farmland access and transfer are among the biggest challenges for new and established farmers across New England. Maine Farmland Trust recently convened a conference to tackle some of the issues surrounding farmland access, in partnership with Land For Good and American Farmland Trust . The conference, held in New Gloucester, Maine on October 19, highlighted the obstacles and opportunities to
10/19/15
The United States’ food report card is in, and it does not look good at all. 80% failed on sourcing practices and antibiotics usage. Only 5 of the major food chains received a “C” or above. Why should we be concerned? Since the 1950s, feeding farm animals antibiotics has become standard. The problem with this is the overdosage of antibiotics which causes resistances and could cause a disease

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