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Sustainable Food Chain
How healthy (or not) certain foods are-for us, for the environment-is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question-"What foods do you avoid?"-we got some pretty interesting answers.
Image via: neilalderney123 on Flickr.com Beating out New York City, the small Tennessee town of Signal Mountain is the first in the nation to pass a Green Food Resolution. But, just what does a Green Food Resolution mean for farmers, consumers, and even the livestock themselves? Read on to find out more. Farm Sanctuary, the organization fueling these resolutions is looking for more towns and yours just might be next.For starters, a Green Food Resolution is, "an ordinance designed to counteract the massive health and environmental damage created by large-scale factory farms and the meat industry, by encouraging local farms, plant-based diets, ecological sustainability and nutritious eating habits."
The New York Times By ALLISON WINTER of Greenwire SIOUX CITY, Iowa — In the midst of sprawling corn and soybean fields, industrial animal-processing plants and ethanol refineries, Woodbury County is charting an unusual course. It’s trying to go whole-hog into organic agriculture.
Home Is Where the Food Is tells the simple tale of Tina Biello making dinner for her family. In particular, this dinner comes from all locally grown ingredients in or near Vancouver, and highlights that there is something deeply important about not just knowing your food is as fresh as possible, but about knowing the people that care for and provide your food.The animation, created by Jody Kramer, tells the story of Tina Biello's family and growing up on a farm in Italy . "Food has a life and a story" notes Biello, and Home is Where the Heart Is, aims to tell that tale. Biello's character cooks dinner and explains where each of the items in her pasta and salad dinner come from. One might think that getting the wheat/grain for pasta might be the hardest item to find, Biello certainly did, and yet she found a mill in a nearby town, the True Grain Mill, that provides freshly milled local grain.
Food waste contributes to excess consumption of freshwater and fossil fuels which, along with methane and CO 2 emissions from decomposing food, impacts global climate change. Here, we calculate the energy content of nationwide food waste from the difference between the US food supply and the food consumed by the population. The latter was estimated using a validated mathematical model of metabolism relating body weight to the amount of food eaten. We found that US per capita food waste has progressively increased by ~50% since 1974 reaching more than 1400 kcal per person per day or 150 trillion kcal per year. Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and ~300 million barrels of oil per year.
Happy New Year! Do you feel lucky? That was pretty much the takeaway from a recent, chilling New York Times article about E. coli and ground beef. One hard truth: If only the family of 22-year-old Minnesotan Stephanie Smith had known to ask a few simple questions of the local grocer before buying ground beef, Stephanie might not be paralyzed today.
Federal Organic Enforcement Hammer Falls Hard to Protect Farmers/Consumers WASHINGTON, DC: In an investigation and legal case that dragged on for almost four years, one of the largest organic cattle producers in the United States, Promiseland Livestock, LLC, was suspended from organic commerce, along with its owner and key employees, for four years. The penalty was part of an order issued by administrative law judge Peter Davenport in Washington, DC on November 25. Promiseland, a multimillion dollar operation with facilities in Missouri and Nebraska, including over 13,000 acres of crop land, and managing 22,000 head of beef and dairy cattle, had been accused of multiple improprieties in formal legal complaints, including not feeding organic grain to cattle, selling fraudulent organic feed and “laundering” conventional cattle as organic. “We are pleased that justice has been served in the Promiseland matter,” said Mark A.