Four Things You Should Know About Our Food System

Jeremy Bernfeld (KUNC — Apr 3, 2014)

Boot

Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use. So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.

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Eating Vegan And Vegetarian In Colorado Springs

JL Fields (Colorado Springs Independent — Apr 2, 2014)

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Let's start with the food. You don't actually have to shop at a specialty store for vegetarian food because vegetables, fruit, beans, grains, nuts and seeds can be found at any local grocer. King Soopers (multiple locations, kingsoopers.com) and Safeway (multiple locations, safeway.com) generate decent organic produce selections as well as tofu, miso, tempeh and vegetarian "convenience foods" such as veggie burgers, vegan cheese, wheat-based sausages, vegan butter and more. King Soopers, part of the Kroger family, even carries a store-brand organic line, Simple Truth, that includes vegan meat alternatives in the freezer section.

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Who Wants To Move To The Agriburbs?

(Eat Drink Better — Mar 25, 2014)

Agriburbia

… This “truly” sustainable initiative improves the quality of life by combining the best qualities of rural living with the advantages of urban conveniences and culture. The result is improved agriculture, enhanced development practices and the enrichment of the residents, tenants, and guests within these Agriburbia mixed-use developments.

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CSA Season Is On Its Way: A Guide To How It Works, Where To Buy

Josie Sexton (The Coloradoan — Mar 20, 2014)

CSA Box Of Food

Northern Colorado farmers and food purveyors now have $30,000 to promote  their locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy, just in time for the spring and summer markets and community supported agriculture season.

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Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive

John Deike (Earth Island Journal — Mar 19, 2014)

Labeling

In order for Ballot Initiative #48 – a bill that would mandate the labeling of GMO foods on product packaging – to come before voters, it needs 86,105 petition signatures to be submitted to the state by early August, according to Right to Know Colorado GMO, a grassroots initiative established by local residents, which introduced the bill. On Tuesday, Right to Know announced its plans to partner with local farmers, farmers markets, moms, faith-based organizations, natural, organic and non-GMO food retailers, and other health, sustainability and consumer advocacy organizations to gather the required signatures.

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Boulder Restaurant Zeal Flaunts Enthusiasm

Josh Gross (Boulder Weekly — Feb 13, 2014)

Zeal

Zeal’s culinary schtick isn’t anything new. Fresh. Local. Organic. Etc. They describe it as “food for enthusiasts,” and beat diners over the head with the messaging at every opportunity. “No GMOs ever, period,” the menu boasts, thumbing its nose at punctuation and Adolph Monsanto all at once. But healthy and delicious is a schtick that ain’t broke and therefore ain’t in need of fixing. So color me enthusiastic.

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Do You Like Local Food? Try This

Chase Olivarius McAllister (Durango Herald — Feb 19, 2014)

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What does it mean to be a good citizen?It’s a tough question. To most people, it means generally not breaking the law, voting and paying taxes.But to Russell Evans, director of Transition Lab, a living laboratory in Montrose, it means doing all those things and solving social problems, from affordable housing to sustainable food produ

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Farming The Valley’s Open Space

Paul Andersen (Aspen Journalism — Jan 19, 2014)

Localvore

The “locovore” movement, which is all about growing food locally, is getting a major boost in the Roaring Fork River valley thanks to two large open space acquisitions.

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Natural Foods Grocer To Replace Kroger This Year

Lizzy Alfs (Michigan Live — Jan 7, 2014)

Kroger

The Kroger store on South Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor will be replaced by a Colorado-based natural foods store this year. Lucky’s Market CEO Bo Sharon confirmed Monday evening that he has a deal to open a store at 1919 S. Industrial Hwy, just south of East Stadium Boulevard. The goal is to open Lucky’s Market in October, he said.

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Local ‘Big’ Businesses Produce Great Food Too

Frank Garry (The Coloradoan — Dec 30, 2013)

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If you are fortunate enough to know a local small farmer and you have the opportunity to support that enterprise, that’s great. But I will encourage you to avoid getting caught up in the notion that farming needs to be small to be good. Just as with other businesses, farmers who consistently provide a good product tend to get bigger as they succeed.

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Think You Know What A Farmer Looks Like? Think Again

Sena Christian (Nation of Change)

Farmer

When Lindsey Morris Carpenter was a college student studying art in Philadelphia, she never expected that, just a decade later, she would spend most of her days fixing up tractors, turning piles of manure, and corralling chickens. By 2007, Carpenter had decided she wanted her own piece of land to farm, so she and her mother, Gail, bought 40 acres in south central Wisconsin and got down to business—an opportunity she’s grateful for since she’s aware that not everyone has access to the resources that allowed her to purchase this land.But that’s precisely what she’s doing. Carpenter, 29, dropped out of school in 2004 and returned to her home state of Wisconsin, where she found a job on a vegetable farm. She went on to apprentice at a larger operation in suburban Chicago and eventually secured employment at an urban farm on the city’s south side, teaching previously incarcerated people how to grow food.

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How Organic Food Is Breaking Down Class Barriers

Tracie McMillan (Alternet — Apr 14, 2014)

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One of the most harmful myths about poor people is that they could care less about what they eat. In reality, the poor actually consider organic food more important than the rich,  according to top researchers  — and organic isn’t a “select” phenomenon at all. Three-quarters of American shoppers buy organic food at least occasionally and more than a  third do so monthly,  according to industry analysis  by the Hartman Group. When researchers asked why shoppers didn’t buy organic more often, two-thirds said it was because of the higher price.

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Vermont Is Set To Make History As The First State To Require GMO Labeling

Lindsay Abrams (Salon — Apr 16, 2014)

Eating

Vermont’s Senate Wednesday passed a bill requiring the mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, and it’s looking likely that it’s going to go all the way. All that’s left is for it to be sent back to the House to green-light the Senate’s changes, and then on to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who’s indicated he’s probably going to sign it into law. It would go into effect July 1, 2016.

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Why You Should Be Skeptical Of Walmart’s Cheap Organic Food

Eve Andrews (Grist — Apr 12, 2014)

Organic

Out on the mean streets of the U.S. organic foods industry, Walmart has stepped onto the corner with both guns drawn. On Thursday, the superstore behemoth announced its plan to partner with Wild Oats (which you may recognize as a former subsidiary of Whole Foods) to offer a line of organic goods at unprecedentedly low prices in 2,000 of its U.S. stores. To start, the line will offer primarily canned goods and other pantry staples that will cost up to 25 percent less than those of other organic brands.

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Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Climate-Smart Food

Anna Lappe (Civil Eats — Apr 8, 2014)

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The just-released synthesis report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prompted some to start name-dropping Thomas Malthus. Malthus, you may remember, was the 19th Century British economist and demographer who warned that population growth would inevitably lead to global food shortages. In a New York Times article just days after the long-awaited report was released, reporter Eduardo Porter wrote that the IPCC “rolled straight into Malthus’s territory, providing its starkest warning yet about the challenge imposed by global warming on the world’s food supply.”

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From Schoolyard To Market

(CUESA — April 9, 2014)

Kids

Schoolyard to Market is a youth development, entrepreneurship, and gardening program launched in January 2011. We partner with Urban Sprouts to work with three San Francisco Unified School District high schools: John O’Connell High School in the Mission District, Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island, and June Jordan School of Equity in the Excelsior.

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Cultivating An Ecological Farmer/Citizen: Interview With Luane Todd

Ryan Sitler (A Growing Culture — Mar 23, 2014)

Todd

In a way this is the strength of alternative, small scale, place sensitive food production. At its best it offers a way for many people to care for themselves and their neighbors at a time when industrial America is laying people off due to lack of demand for industrial products. This is an issue overseas as well – people being forced by circumstances beyond their control to grow products for export to satisfy creditors they never signed up to repay while they and their neighbors have malnutrition or outright starvation problems. What other industry do you know of that currently needs more people to step in to do the work? Alternative regional food production needs more farmers than ever. It is a system, by definition, designed to be implemented by many people in many places at the same time – especially more than are currently in the field.

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Finance And Food Insecurity

Nicole Foss (Automatic Earth — Apr 4, 2014)

Food-Prices

Food insecurity has become a major global issue in recent years, underlying many of the instances of social upheaval around the world. This is both a reflection of the short-term fluctuations in an over-financialized commodity sector and also of the longer-term limits to growth scenario. As an ever greater number of limits are approached, a confluence of factors capable of compounding each other’s impact is created, and this can rapidly reach boiling point.

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UN Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning Of Threat To Global Food Supply, Calls For Action And Adaptation

(Democracy Now — Apr 2, 2014)

Food Scarcity

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its most dire warning yet about how greenhouse gases have driven up global temperatures and extreme weather, while threatening sources of food and water. “Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food

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Cultivating Resilience To Feed The World

Marcia Ishii-Eitman (Ground Truth — Mar 20, 2014)

vegetable market

Crazy weather we’ve been having this winter: monster snowstorms across New England, record-breaking freezes in the Midwest, drought, wildfires (in January!) and weirdly hot days in California. For many farmers across the country and around the world, all this extreme weather — on top of ever-intensifying environmental and economic stresses — is pushing them to their edge.

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