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5/18/15
This post was originally published on Civil Eats by Vera Chang on May 11, 2015. The 'Milk with Dignity' campaign hopes to use the same tactics that have improved conditions for Florida tomato workers. In 2009, José Obeth Santiz Cruz, a 20 year-old farmworker from Chiapas, Mexico, had a fatal accident on a small dairy farm in Vermont. Cruz was working on his knees near a gutter scraper–a conveyor
5/12/15
A new case study about FINE's evolution as a network We're excited to release a brand new case study on Farm to Institution New England (FINE) that was developed by Melissa Deas, a senior fellow at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) in Boston. This report was developed to tell the story of FINE and to better understand how network organizations can be an effective means for change. The CBI
5/4/15
As the son of a commercial fisherman I feel a deep connection to those who risk their lives at sea and so I take very seriously the mayday distress call. That said, if there was ever a moment that warranted distress over the state of our ocean commons and fishing livelihoods, that moment became crystal clear for me following last week’s events at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting
4/30/15
A quiet revolution is astir in Vermont. Food systems education, practical agricultural experience, entrepreneurship, and inspiration have blended into an elixir for community revitalization. Advancing food justice, environmental sustainability, public policy, and resiliency, the Vermont Food Systems Study Tour runs May 31-June 20. The Tour invites students to discover the future of food in three
4/27/15
The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has been released. This report will ultimately inform the content of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) for 2015 published every five years by Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the first year there has been an explicit call to consider the attributes of a
4/16/15
Bringing communities together with climate and marine scientists to understand predictive capabilities and information needs Report from the Workshop in the Island Institute's Climate of Change Series on December 18, 2014 This past December, the Island Institute held a "Predictive Capabilities Workshop" which brought together over 100 climate and marine scientists, fishermen, and other marine
4/13/15
Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program engages the health care community in bringing an end to the routine use of antibiotics in raising food animals. Such routine, non-therapeutic use contributes significantly to the rise in resistant bacterial infections in humans and is unnecessary. Read more about their national antibiotics work with the supply chain to make more meat
4/9/15
PVGrows is hosting their 2015 Spring Forum on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00-1:30pm, in Holyoke, MA on the topic of land access. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to support it over time, farmers need secure access to land to produce food. Land is the foundation of our food system. How does access to farmland fit into a vision of creating a healthy, resilient, and equitable food system?
4/6/15
Across Massachusetts, hospitals are emerging as partners for farmers markets, healthy corner store initiatives, and a variety of food access programs. Yes, that’s right, hospitals. As described in Health Care Without Harm’s report, Utilization of Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access in Massachusetts , new IRS rules for tax-exempt hospitals are encouraging them to “ prevent illness,
3/30/15
As we work to rebuild our foodsheds, regional food hubs are an integral ingredient. When “local” began to re-root in the American landscape and psyche during the first decade of the 21st century, we tended to celebrate the two ends of sustainable food systems: farm gate and dinner plate. We nearly forgot that we also had to fiddle with the middle—the supply chain components that drive (sometimes

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