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Data analysis and visualization is one of the powerful tools we can use to understand and explain trends in food systems. There are many clues to changes underway in food systems, from anecdotes and stories that are relevant in our communities, to news analyses and documentaries that tackle big issues. Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative has spent a lot of time collecting and interpreting official
Hospital “Community Benefit” Activities Can Help Expand Access to Nutritious Foods Produced by Strong Local and Regional Food Systems On May 8, 2015, the Connecticut Food Policy Council convened a state-wide Summit to explore how a new federal regulatory development applicable to tax-exempt hospitals opens opportunities for hospital-community collaboration to strengthen food and nutrition
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
I write this blog primarily to spread the word about sustainable seafood. “Sustainable” has become a bit of a cliché as marketers stretch and pull the definition in directions that weren’t part of its original meaning. Unfortunately, that leaves many of us with more questions than answers about where our seafood comes from. I write this blog to bring some clarity and understanding about our
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
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
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
Dietary guidelines are about diets and health, but the ways people eat have many impacts. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) began its work in late 2013, and released its Scientific Report in February 2015 . Along with Dr. Mike Hamm of Michigan State University, I served as an advisor to the DGAC, which for the first time included an assessment of the environmental impacts of human
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
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,