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Farmers caught lying about produce origins and pesticide-free-ness

Rotten tomatoes: It had to happen. With demand for SOLE food surging, and farmers able to charge a premium for it, it's no surprise that some unscrupulous characters would see an opportunity to make a quick buck without getting their hands dirty. An NBCLA undercover investigation caught farmers at markets...

Math lessons for Budiansky: Industrial concentration vs. local choice

On Friday, New York Times op-ed contributor Steven Budiansky challenged local food advocates to rethink their math, mainly about food miles. As it happens, I was already doing some food calculations that day -- but not of the sort Budiansky discussed. My numbers included the following: As of Friday, 450...

The USDA looks at local food

Every now and then, newspapers print an article that makes it seem like locavores are running the U.S. food system, throwing our weight around, causing Big Ag to cower in corners. If only we had even a small fraction of that power...  In reality, the local food movement is  a tiny piece of the nation's food...

So long office, hello farm!

Maybe there's something in the air (or soil or water).  Maybe it's the growing (no pun intended) interest in farming around the country.  Maybe... it's just time.  How else do you explain not one, but three Ethicurean contributors heading off into a new field? Unlike Stephanie and Steph, though, I'm not...

Giving everyone a Grand (Opening, at Local Roots)

One year ago, the twelve of us who formed the steering committee of the Wooster Local Food Cooperative, Inc., held a public meeting at the Wayne County Public Library to share our ideas for a year-round local food market in downtown Wooster. Over the course of a very busy year, fraught with setbacks, mad...

Sharon, the bounty!: A review of Astyk’s “Independence Days”

Ever since the idea of going locavore, or eating local on 100-mile diets, tiptoed into the mainstream a couple of years ago, more people have chosen to support their local farmers markets and to eat fresh food in season. The old chorus continues, however: "What can a locavore eat in the winter?" Well, quite...

Open season: Local Roots Markets opens in Wooster, Ohio

Nine months doesn't really seem like a very long time: over the span of a lifetime, just a mere hiccup on a long journey. But when you're in the midst of those nine months (ask any expectant mother), you find yourself amazed at how much goes on in that time frame — and how it can seem to pass so slowly, and...

Oakland has 1,200 acres of public land

Ready, set, grow!: A new report released today by UrbanFood.org, with support from the HOPE Collaborative and City Slicker Farms, has identified 1,200 acres of vacant and underutilized public land in Oakland, California, that could potentially be used for food production. If only half of it were cultivated,...

Sam Fromartz takes on anti-locavore contrarian James McWilliams

Swatting flies: We've mostly tried to ignore James McWilliams, hoping he'll just go away, but now that the New York Times has given his locavore-baiting views a regular platform, we may not be able to much longer. Fortunately Sam Fromartz, blogger and author of Organic, Inc., has decided to take on...

Do I dare to eat a peach? Not a conventional one, says Tribune study

Another day, another facet to the debate over whether organic produce is worth the extra moolah. Unless you've been living on a remote mountaintop with no wireless, you've probably witnessed the recent frenzy over a UK study [pdf] claiming that organic food has no nutritional benefits over conventional. The...

Slow but steady growth: Building the Local Roots market in Ohio

This summer has been a cool one so far here in northeastern Ohio. The sweltering heat and humidity has so far failed to materialize, and while I personally am not complaining about being less uncomfortable, I do sometimes worry about the gardens. The mild days and cool nights are keeping tomatoes from...

Gary Nabhan celebrates new Arizona burger “that tasts of this place”

Raising the green Flagstaff: Arizona resident and "Coming Home To Eat" author Gary Nabhan, writes glowingly of a new restuarant in the middle of downtown Flagstaff that serves good, modestly priced SOLE food. Backed by the Diablo Trust, one of the oldest collaborations between ranchers and farmers in the...

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