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1/14/16
The New Year has just arrived and a topic that should be on everyone’s radar is GMO labeling. After last year’s announcement of the release of MA-based biotech company, Aquabounty’s, genetically engineered (GMO) salmon and the push for a watered down voluntary federal standard, the issue of state-led GMO labeling continues to be a top priority. So... Let’s talk GMO labeling initiatives. We have a
1/7/16
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) staff, Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli and Network Director Leo Pollock , present a 2015 year in review 2015 was an exciting and fulfilling year for the RIFPC. It was a year of transition: they welcomed a new staff member , a new cohort of Work Group chairs, and launched a fifth Work Group centered around health and
1/4/16
New Hampshire The NH Food Alliance reflects on the tremendous amount of progress they have experienced in the Granite State food system in 2015. Shared the Viability Initiative The NH Food Alliance launched a comprehensive initiative focused on farm, fish, and food enterprise viability (Viability Initiative) in November 2015. As the first strategic effort of the NH Food Alliance, the Viability
12/31/15
As we look towards 2016, we are sharing a 3-part series featuring updates on the food systems work going on in each of the New England states. Maine Overall, there are many great trends to report in Maine related to food, farming and fisheries in 2015! Institutional Purchasing Maine’s colleges and institutions have been focusing on food in a big way in 2015. For example, the University of Maine
12/21/15
This post was originally published by UVM Dining . Natalie Lovelace is a member of the UVM Real Food Working Group and the Calculator Intern. In mid-November, Caylin McKee, UVM Dining Sustainability Manager, Annie Rowell, Sodexo’s Vermont First Coordinator, Jim Rogers, UVM Dining Retail Operations Director, and I took a trip to Vermont Chevon in Danville, Vermont. Vermont Chevon, which was
12/3/15
Almost a decade ago, Abenaki scholar and paleoethnobotanist Fred Wiseman started working with Abenaki communities as part of the documentation process for federal tribal recognition. While he was in these communities, Wiseman noticed crops that had long been thought to have disappeared growing on the hillsides. It led him to start the Seeds of Renewal Project. As part of the project, he has
11/30/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . This year, our focus has been on four major projects: our Farm & Sea to Campus Project, the collaborative Maine Food for the UMaine System, our Shared Metrics Project, and our Food Service Action Project. We've also continued convening people, raising money for farm to institution, facilitating connects, and
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
11/23/15
You may well have heard last week the FDA cleared the path for genetically modified salmon to hit the market after a protracted five-year review. It was a landmark decision that could have long-lasting implications for other genetically engineered (GE) products such as livestock (pigs, cattle, chickens) as well as reinforcing industry opposition to labeling such products (as in produce). In a
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. "

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