Farmigo: Removing The Pain of Running a CSA We are right in the middle of prime growing season for farms in the northern hemisphere. For an increasing number of people, that means signing up to get produce directly from farmers via CSAs. On paper, it sounds like a good thing: Consumers get fresh, local produce, often exactly what they specify. It’s typically organic. The food miles compared to typical store bought produce are drastically reduced. But there’s a problem: It’s quite cumbersome for farmers to manage a CSA program. Somebody ends up doing most of the work keeping the CSA going, keeping them away from doing what they enjoy most: working the land. I know I’ve often shied away from CSAs, since they often require an upfront payment, often several hundred dollars. You as a customer can locate and choose your pickup point via a map generated based on your location and get directions to the pick-up spot. Readers: Are you a farmer? Scroll down to see comments.
What a global food crisis looks like: Oxfam's food prices map Food prices have hovered near an all-time peak since late 2010 sending tens of millions of people into poverty. Oxfam's interactive map shows how poor communities across the world are being hurt by high and volatile food prices. This ‘food price pressure points map’ provides a global snapshot of the impacts of the global food price crisis. Use this code to embed the map on your website: What causes food price spikes? Failed crops – often caused by our changing climate – hit food prices hard. Short-sighted biofuels strategies play a part too – taking food off of people's plates and putting it into car tanks. But despite all these complex causes, the effects on poor people are painfully simple. Whole communities face an uncertain future, because all anyone can think about is where their next meal will come from. It's time to grow out of food price spikes. The way to GROW But what's also needed is more effective global handling of food price crises when they do happen. Related links
The Tasting Kitchen - 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Hire Cars on WhipCar - Local Car Rental, Put Your Car to Work | WhipCar | Whipcar Shop for Local and Organic Groceries - Online! Community-supported agriculture Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Often, CSAs also include herbs, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, in addition to conventional produce offerings.In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA operations tend to provide produce, fruits, and various edibles. Some CSA programs also include cut flowers and various ornamental plants as part of their weekly pickup arrangement. History Structure
NZ food bill to make growing food a government privilege rather than a human right (NaturalNews) The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a "food security" bill through the nation's parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members. In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right.
THE FACTORY KITCHEN Car Rentals – Cheap to Luxury Car Hire Australia | DriveMyCar Rentals Nutrino: Smart Nutrition | Nutrino Study: Antibacterial spices in food Fans of hot, spicy cuisine can thank nasty bacteria and other foodborne pathogens for the recipes that come -- not so coincidentally -- from countries with hot climates. Humans' use of antimicrobial spices developed in parallel with food-spoilage microorganisms, Cornell University biologists have demonstrated in a international survey of spice use in cooking. The same chemical compounds that protect the spiciest spice plants from their natural enemies are at work today in foods from parts of the world where -- before refrigeration -- food-spoilage microbes were an even more serious threat to human health and survival than they are today, Jennifer Billing and Paul W. Sherman report in the March 1998 issue of the journal Quarterly Review of Biology. "The proximate reason for spice use obviously is to enhance food palatability," says Sherman, an evolutionary biologist and professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell. "But why do spices taste good? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
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Bar Power Is A Nightlife App To Help You Be Less Of A Jerk At Bars Once you’ve had a few drinks at a bar it’s easy to let loose and blow off steam. Unfortunately, while you’re having fun, you could end up annoying others around you, namely the staff at the venue you’re at. By acting like a fool, you’re jeopardizing your future visits, since bartenders tend to remember who was a jerk and who was a great customer. A project at our Disrupt Hackathon called “Bar Power” is an app that will remind you to “not be a douchebag.” The really interesting part of the app comes into play when you’ve done something wrong. I chatted with the team who built it, Patricia Ju and Chris Baily, and they discussed their reasons for creating Bar Power, mostly stemming from Baily’s professional experience in the bar scene. Once you’re in the app, you select the bar that you’re at and then start doing the nice things that it tells you to do.