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This Is What A More Sustainable American Food System Looks Like

This Is What A More Sustainable American Food System Looks Like | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

Let’s be real: The American food system today has some pretty daunting issues. We’re saddled with a farming system that, on the whole, releases a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (675 million metric tons annually at the most recent tally, to be exact), sucks nutrients from the soil, and leaches chemicals into the water table. And in regions with some of the richest farmland, historically speaking, you can’t buy a fresh vegetable for love or money — but you can get a two-liter bottle of potable sugar and an endless variety of nutritionally vacant foodstuff approximations at any corner store. To that end, we find ourselves in the midst of a dietary and environmental crisis. We could ask, “How did we get here?”, but I’m not trying to answer that question. There are many possible culprits at whom we could point fingers, but what’s much, much more important is how we get ourselves out of this mess.

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A to Z Guide to Southern Food (Interactive)

A to Z Guide to Southern Food (Interactive) | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

"Southern Living magazine has just released its “A to Z Guide to Southern Food,” available in the June issue of the print magazine and in a super-spiffy, interactive online format (here)."

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Beyond farmers markets: can food entrepreneurs boost buying local?

Beyond farmers markets: can food entrepreneurs boost buying local? | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Food startups and nonprofits are working to better connect smaller farms with consumers to give local produce a boost
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40 Maps That Explain Food In America

40 Maps That Explain Food In America | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."


Via Seth Dixon, Leoncio Lopez-Ocon
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Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, June 25, 8:41 AM

With some drinking thrown in for good measure."

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 26, 12:26 PM

WOW!  Talk about contrast and compare.  So now is contrast, compare and ... uh? ... conquer??  From farming and enjoying the harvest - which could be interpreted as healthy eating back in the day - TO sugary sweet soda pops and fatty burgers - which some might be calling junk food, convenience food, fast food, comfort food you don't have to cook yourself, the cause of obesity, a politician's guide to a potential source of additional revenue from taxes, etc.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 2:16 PM

With more people than ever living in cities and less people than ever working on farms, the future of our food is in question. The riskiness, labor, low gain,  and negative stereotypes of farmers combined with the fear of food conglomerates has led to a depletion of smaller scale farmers. Brain drain in rural farming areas is depleting the number of younger people willing to work in agriculture. With most of our food production being controlled and overseen by large corporations, people are now questioning the quality of our foods. Recently, the local food movement is educating people on the importance of food produced with integrity and supporting  local businesses.  

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​Most Apples In The US Drenched With Chemical Banned In Europe

​Most Apples In The US Drenched With Chemical Banned In Europe | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
A chemical used on most non-organic American apples that preserves the fruit’s color after harvest was banned by the European Union in 2012 because its makers could not prove it did not put human health at risk, according to a new study.
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