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What's That Food Doing in There Anyway? - Huffington Post

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What's That Food Doing in There Anyway?
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In a previous post, we discussed the importance of nutrient-dense, plant-based whole foods. But what difference does it really make? Perhaps you've heard of the term inflammation?
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"When we eat foods that are minimally processed, and resemble their original form, our bodies know exactly what to do to break these foods down"  That should explain a lot.  Now try telling that to your ten year-old.

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College students on a mission to donate leftover food - Washington Post

College students on a mission to donate leftover food - Washington Post | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
College students on a mission to donate leftover food Washington Post Not to make you feel guilty, but think for a minute about what you threw out of your refrigerator this week: that wilted lettuce, the yogurt that had passed its expiration date,...
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In Japan, Food Can Be Almost Too Cute To Eat - NPR (blog)

In Japan, Food Can Be Almost Too Cute To Eat - NPR (blog) | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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From an early age, Japanese kids are taught to "eat with your eyes," and this emphasis on the visual delights of food can be found in many aspects of Japan's vaunted culture of cute.
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On Japan’s school lunch menu: A healthy meal, made from scratch

On Japan’s school lunch menu: A healthy meal, made from scratch | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
In a country that takes its food and its health seriously, students seem to love healthy fare.
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Many of our school systems struggle with providing healthy food.  Some because of regulations or financial concerns, others simply because they don't know how to provide something healthy that kids will actually like.

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Study finds leafy green vegetables top source of food poisoning; more deaths tied to poultry

Study finds leafy green vegetables top source of food poisoning; more deaths tied to poultry | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.
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Unfortunately there appears to be no data comparing small farms to factory-sized farms and this food safety crisis.  I'd also be interested in the impact mileage from origin has on this issue.  Are organics differentiated.  A lot of questions here.

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Chinese medicine lessons in the world of farming

Chinese medicine lessons in the world of farming | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
New contributor Kimberly Brown discusses the classical Chinese medicine principles inherent in the observations of nature at harvest time.
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A beautiful essay connecting the power of Chinese medicine to the root of the harvest.  Well worth the reading.

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Permaculture: Green Gold (2012)

Permaculture: Green Gold (2012) | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems with the use of permaculture design principles and techniques." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem...
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Deserts into gardens in China.

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13 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the U.S.

13 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the U.S. | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Even the savviest of shoppers unknowingly consume these baddies that are banned in other countries—but not in the U.S.
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Louisiana stops sale of cheap milk at market - Fox News

Louisiana stops sale of cheap milk at market - Fox News | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Louisiana stops sale of cheap milk at market Fox News Fresh Markets in Perkins Rowe was selling milk for $2.99 a gallon as part of a weekly promotion deal, but Louisiana requires that retailer markups be at least 6 percent above invoice and...
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What an odd story, but one that hints at some of the antiquated laws on books all over the country that just don't have a place anymore.  

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In China, virtual reality stores turn open spaces into a supermarket

In China, virtual reality stores turn open spaces into a supermarket | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Yihaodian is launching augmented reality stores, which give customers the impression of a physical store while they browse on their smartphones.
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Very interesting. Maybe this might work for an online food distribution system?

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Farming the Rift

Farming the Rift | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Milky Way stars shine bright over an old tractor in central South Dakota.

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And for no other reason than it's the weekend folks!  And I used to own a Farmall H that looked a lot like this when I left in in the hay field overnight.

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The Agricultural Fulcrum: Better Food, Better Climate

The Agricultural Fulcrum: Better Food, Better Climate | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The National Climate Assessment, released this week, predicted increasingly negative impact of weather extremes on crops.
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Climate change and farming go hand in hand.  This article discusses how to connect the dots between better food and better climate.

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Video: This Might Be The Best Gnocchi Instructional We Have Ever Seen

Video: This Might Be The Best Gnocchi Instructional We Have Ever Seen | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Make the classic Italian pasta easily at home
So this is really good. Watch as former James Beard Award finalist Cathy Whims of Portland, Oregon's Nostrana explains her basic homemade gnocchi al pomodoro recipe for Saveur.
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So it's Friday and I'm looking forward to the weekend. Peeking at my last name may also provide you a hint as to my culinary leanings. It's just that good, home-made, gnocchi on a cold winter's day can be such a sweet, warm, blanket of goodness.  Check out this instructional video.

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'The Secret Financial Life of Food,' by Kara Newman - Washington Post

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America's blossoming romance with food has arguably gotten out of hand.
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Book review from the Washington Post.

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A cooking teacher emphasizing healthy food - Boston Globe

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After a career in education, Lori Leinbach attended the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in 1995 and decided to make a career shift.
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Leafy green vegetables top source of food poisoning: CDC

Leafy green vegetables top source of food poisoning: CDC | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A big U.S. government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.
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Here comes the onslaught of news about this. 

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Wholesale Success - A Farmer's Guide Workshop.

Wholesale Success Workshop - February 11, 2013

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February 11th, 2013.  This MLUI sponsored event sounds like it'll be amazing.  Also supported by USDA, the FamilyFarmed.org, and the Ag and Food System Sector Alliance.

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Are You Looking for a Permaculture Farm or Land for an Eco Community?

Are You Looking for a Permaculture Farm or Land for an Eco Community? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
We find a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful 6.5 acre permaculture farm in Scotland, home to The Mondo Loco Permaculture Project, a fledgling social enterprise (Are You Looking for a Permaculture Farm or Land for an Eco Community?
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As we work with farmers, especially young farmers, the issue of access to land is increasingly a major issue.

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Meat Week - Washington, DC

Meat Week - Washington, DC | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

Washington, DC:  Eight nights of BBQ. Meat Week is Real.

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Meat Week!  Just gotta love an organization that calls it like it is. On the other hand I can't find any references to vegetable week anywhere.

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Sowing seeds for sustainability

Sowing seeds for sustainability | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

OKLAHOMA: A steady climb in food prices is among the reasons more people are trying their hands at sowing seeds and growing their own produce.

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From Oklahoma.  Is it food prices that are sending more people into the garden?

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Environmental Almanac: Researcher conducts high-tech hunt for Chicago food ... - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Environmental Almanac: Researcher conducts high-tech hunt for Chicago food ... - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Growing food within cities may be a key to urban resilience. 

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6 Foods That Companies Hype to Make You Think They Are Healthy

6 Foods That Companies Hype to Make You Think They Are Healthy | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Plenty of bad foods are marketed to purposely mislead consumers. (RT @OrganicConsumer: Are you really eating #healthy?
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Can't help but agree with this. Like the "healthy" granola I love so much.  It contains a lot of coconut and sugar... but it's granola so it must be good for me!

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Vegetables linked to lower chance of deadlier type of breast cancer

Vegetables linked to lower chance of deadlier type of breast cancer | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can lower a woman’s chance of breast cancer. At least that’s what we've been told. The truth is evidence is...
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No the image wasn't my choice, but it's designed to grab your attention. Any reduction in breast cancer rates is a good thing.

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And the Champion of Cheese Description Is...

And the Champion of Cheese Description Is... | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
You came, you sniffed, you wrote.
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Champions of cheese description.  

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Adventures in Winter Farming | Found Michigan

Adventures in Winter Farming | Found Michigan | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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My good friend Lou Blouin carves out this story for his Found Michigan online magazine.  It's about growing crops up north in the midst of our Michigan winters.

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