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Hey USDA

By Debra Eschmeyer, cross-posted with the UEPI News & Commentary blog of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. “Hey, USDA, what’s up with three meals a day?” “Hey, USDA, how can I learn if I can’t eat?” “Hey, USDA, imagine I’m your kid!” Watch the full 22 seconds. Yesterday...

Carrots v. Cupcakes: An Olympic question

By Debra Eschmeyer The carrots with which we entice our children to perform well have morphed into colossal sugary carrot cupcakes, as highlighted in the Los Angeles Daily News this morning. The article portrays the debate over the appropriate incentives to get children to read as pitting one responsible...

Alice Waters in conversation with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayors of major American cities are usually the ones answering questions in interviews. So when the mayor is the one doing the interviewing, the subject must be someone special. That was the case on Monday night, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson sat down with chef, food activist, and Slow Food...

Digest – Features: The littlest farmworkers, free-meal stigma, defending soul food

Wasn't the Green Revolution supposed to save the children?: A comprehensive look at the problem of child labor around the world. According to the UN International Labor Organization, there are an estimated 218 million child laborers worldwide — and 7 out of 10 of them are in agriculture. Farmers in...

Another downer: The school lunch program

This weekend's big news, as Bonnie has already reported, was the massive recall of beef processed by Chino, CA-based Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing company. There has been much well-deserved coverage of the animal cruelty aspects of this story and a general tip of the mainstream media hat to the debacle's...

Digest – News: WA pushes farm-to-table for schools, CA to preserve raw milk, VA to help farmers earn more income

Growing back to school: Proposed legislation would put Washington State at the forefront of efforts to get more farm-fresh, locally grown food into lunches at schools and at other institutions — but there are many, many hurdles to be overcome, not least of which is defining "local." (Seattle...

Digest – Features: A game of chicken, school snacks showdown, Romanian rituals

Local food needs local infrastructure: Burt's Hilltop Poultry, a family-run custom and organic poultry processor in Utica, Minnesota, is closing down. If no one buys it, say local farmers, its passing will damage the local food network, drive up poultry prices, and push small organic farms out of business....

The plot quickens: The Children’s Studio School Garden in DC

Those of us who are passionate about local foods tend to use point-by-point logical arguments to persuade our friends and families to support local farmers and food producers: freshness, taste, ethics, environmental considerations, economics, and so on. Children, however, most likely won't care as much...

Digest – Features: A+ for bee-minus story, cattlemen no supertasters, farming is poisoning our drinking water

Queen of the bees: Colony collapse disorder in U.S. bees "may have many contributing causes," writes Gina Covina in this terrific Ecology Center Terrain article posted on AlterNet, "but it comes down to bees hitting the biological limits of our agricultural system. It's not so much a bee...

Digest – Blogs: Foie gras formula, we all (heart) Fergus Henderson

Applying the Learned Hand formula to foie gras: According to a wonderfully nerdy post at Law For Food, PETA should really be concentrating on improving feedlot conditions, instead of the low-hanging livers. Paté, Montana style: Charlotte may be calling this post "Terrine Jacquy à la...

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