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Chicago drugstores begin selling fresh food

Rx for health: Chicago-area Walgreens have begun selling "an expanded selection of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, at 10 locations selected because they were in food deserts." Turns out that drugstores are one of the few chain businesses operating in the low-income areas that lack access to...

Baltimore gets food czar

B'more healthy: Baltimore has hired a food policy coordinator, making the city one of the first with a paid "food czar" -- although taxpayers aren't paying her salary, a coalition of nonprofits are, to the tune of just 30 hours a week. Holly Freishtat is charged with "getting more healthy food on the tables...

Bringing everyone to the table: A review of “PolyCultures”

A handful of recent movies - most notably "Food, Inc." and "Fresh" - have undoubtedly boosted the number of people with something to say about national food policy. And just as the local foods movement emphasizes supporting local farms and producers, filmmakers are beginning to take a closer look at the...

Farm Labor Experts: The Solution is Not For Sale

Friend o' Ethicurean Twilight Greenaway writes about sustainable food for San Francisco's Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), which nourishes, inspires and educates SF residents and visitors by running the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and other educational programs. We're big...

Farmers, got extra or ugly fruits/veg?

"Maybe they don't know what a peach is": Information about California's Farm to Family program, encouraging California's growers and packers to  help reduce hunger, reduce waste, and increase markets for specialty crops by donating (or selling) their excess or cosmetically challenged produce to area...

Forget food shortages, worry about overproduction, says ag analyst

We can feed the world: Is a food crisis imminent? In his latest "Policy Pennings" column, Daryll E. Ray, director of the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Policy Analysis Center,  says no, for two reasons. First, the world has plenty of fallow farmland — in Russia, Ukraine, and Byelorussia, for example...

Rich countries gobbling up poor countries’ farmland at truly alarming rates

A recipe for complete and utter world disaster: Rich countries and international corporations, including automakers, are buying up farmland in developing countries at a rate that ought to set off humanitarian alarm bells worldwide. New reports from the United Nations and others estimate that nearly 20...

Food Inc. director on Monsanto, feeding the world, and elitism

Feed the world? How 'bout starting with feeding Americans well: In an interview by Jane Black, "Food Inc." director Robert Kenner answers several key points of criticism. He discusses his efforts to get Monsanto to participate in the film (the chemicals-and-GMO-seed Goliath claims it never said it...

Raw deals at New York Green Carts

Make mine fresh: Residents of the South Bronx and other real-food wastelands in New York are snapping up raw fruits and vegetables sold by Green Cart vendors under a special arrangement with the city. The hope is to increase health and reduce  obesity among residents without easy access to supermarkets and...

In DC, farmers market vouchers will soon aid families on assistance

A few dollars can add up: Needy families are flocking to farmers markets in Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut thanks to an innovative program that doubles the value of food stamps and fruit and vegetable coupons for low-income mothers and senior citizens. The Wholesome Wave Foundation provides...

USDA cancels successful school nutrition program for poor kids in Philly

Trays terrible: As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the USDA might last week, the agency has just gone through with plans to end a well-regarded Philadelphia school breakfast and lunch program, citing budget cuts. Known as Universal Feeding, the program allows more than 120,000 students in poor schools to...

Pixies for the People: A new WIC Local Food Line

Can you hear the chanting? "Pixies for the People!" How about the drums? "Pixies for the People!" Pixie Tangerines, that is, not Tinker Bell. When I first learned of this initiative to provide free fruit, fresh from the farm for WIC recipients, I found myself hollering "Pixies for the People!" in pure '60s...

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