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It’s a whole New World in Peruvian cuisine

It’s a whole New World in Peruvian cuisine | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
TRAVEL | Peru’s chefs search the mountains, rivers and other cultures in search of a singular cuisine. (RT @jaelmchenry: Delicious country. Aji, causa RT @PeruDelights: Cool article about Peruvian food by @timcarman for @washingtonpost.
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Marmalade falls further out of flavour: Sales slump again as Britain turns its back on breakfast spread

Marmalade falls further out of flavour: Sales slump again as Britain turns its back on breakfast spread | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Sales for Paddington Bear's favourite spread marmalade have fallen according to the latest report, as shoppers turn to other jams and spreads to help the category grow by 3.3 per cent.
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And from the "say it ain't so" department. Marmalades being forgotten?  My own favorite marmalade was a homemade concoction of rose-hips picked wild from the roadsides of Northern Michigan in late summer. Ardous to make but a great payoff.

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Find the source of your milk - Where Is My Milk From?

Find the source of your milk - Where Is My Milk From? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

Use this online database to enter a dairy code from your milk carton/bottle/jug and see where the milk in there comes from.

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I tried this on a 1/2 gallon of Organic Valley milk that I picked up today in Oryana. The code is right next to the expiriation date on the carton top and includes two numbers separated by a dash. The website shot back that my milk was "made" in Agrapur Dairy in Maplewood, Minnesota.  Nice tool.

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Restaurant Design: 10 Amazing Temples of Cuisine

Restaurant Design: 10 Amazing Temples of Cuisine | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
When dining out, the atmosphere is often as important as the food.  While a great design will never save a bad meal, it can make a great culinary experience truly legendary.  These ten temples of cuisine are amongst the world’s most beautiful restaurants, places where fine food and delectable design come together. 
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As a former restaurant owner, I'll admit to being an ardent critic of bad design and cheering admirer of the good. This is restaurant geek porn.

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Prescription for Trouble: Using Antibiotics to Fatten Livestock | UCSUSA

Prescription for Trouble: Using Antibiotics to Fatten Livestock | UCSUSA | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that make treating illness more difficult.
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Some serious commentary on using antibiotics on feed animals... from a serious crew.

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How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness : NPR

How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness : NPR | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Mourners left flowers and plants after the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13.
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A real-life "swords into ploughshares" story from Tucson via NPR.

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Great grape breaks in Europe

Great grape breaks in Europe | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The best new wine-tasting holidays available during the autumn grape harvest
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A little weekend food fun for you.  I like the Mallorca Grape Throwing festival myself.  Up in Traverse City, maybe we could do this with cherries on those off-price "let em rot" years.

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mmm-yoso!!!: Big Island - Keauhou Farmer's Market

mmm-yoso!!!: Big Island - Keauhou Farmer's Market | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
We left for Hilo on a Saturday morning, so we decided to drive back to the Keauhou Shopping Center on our way out of Kona. We had read a banner about the Keauhou Farmer's Market on Saturdays and had decided...
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You can probably tell by the last few posts that I'm already anxious to see the farmers markets in the midwest open again.  Only six months to go!

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A New Year’s Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Typically, resolutions are for individuals, but maybe now is the time for Northern Michigan to have a New Year’s Resolution. I have a suggestion.
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Great idea Rick. 

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Line Cooked – The New Inquiry

Line Cooked – The New Inquiry | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

Sustainable food makes no sense when restaurants pay only sustenance wages


Portland, Oregon is at the forefront of what has been called the farm to table movement. According to the movement’s ideals, the farmers, purveyors, and chefs form a community, participating in a symbiotic relationship with one another as they support the sustainability of organic farming, celebrate the abundance of the region, and uphold the value of eating good, nourishing food.

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And now another side of the good food equity battle.

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Fancy some X-Ray Vision carrots? How catchy names could encourage children to eat their vegetables

Fancy some X-Ray Vision carrots? How catchy names could encourage children to eat their vegetables | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Parents often struggled to persuade their children to eat healthy vegetables, but now scientists from Cornell University have found a simple solution - give them superhero names.
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While many consider the Daily Mail to be the trash collector of online news, it does include some decent stories.  This seems like a fine idea.

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Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show : NPR

Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show  : NPR | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Inspired by shows like Fear Factor, an Austrian artist teamed up with chefs and waste divers to demonstrate the delicious possibilities of trash.
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I experimented with "freegan" weekends for a time. Mostly bread, some produce and the occassional completely sealed but out of date bratwurst.

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Congress extends farm bill, still manages to screw sustainable farmers

Congress extends farm bill, still manages to screw sustainable farmers | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
When Congress passed a nine-month farm bill extension as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, it disappointed sustainable food advocates around the country.
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Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Supermarket Foods - iVillage

Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Supermarket Foods - iVillage | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Find out which healthy staples Dr. Oz recommends plus get tips on how to save at checkout.
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Apples are certainly in my top ten list, right next to pizza and a Leelanau County Gewurztraminer.

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Caffeine Content

Caffeine Content | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Since 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science.
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Another serious resource.  If you're looking to find out the caffeine content of most any major commercially available food, this is a great guide.

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Kitchen Helpers

Kitchen Helpers | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
I found these helpful charts last week and just had to share! Both of these beauties are from Chasing Delicious (aka one of the most fab foodie blogs out there)! Aren’t they faaaaabulous?! Buy them here.
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Wow, it's the best-of kitchen helper infographics!

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New food for SFUSD to hit schools after legal hurdle is cleared - San Francisco Examiner

New food for SFUSD to hit schools after legal hurdle is cleared - San Francisco Examiner | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
San Francisco Examiner New food for SFUSD to hit schools after legal hurdle is cleared San Francisco Examiner When the kids arrive back at school Monday in San Francisco after their winter break, fresher new food will be awaiting them for...
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There are so many layers to the good food battle for school children. This one seems a no brainer, yet is a common methodology for large school systems. 

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California’s First Ever Public Fruit Park in the County of Los Angeles — City Farmer News

California’s First Ever Public Fruit Park in the County of Los Angeles — City Farmer News | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Kudos 2 Fallen Fruit merging art & food 2 bring creativity & common sense solutions 2 LA: http://t.co/KmrWvW4I, @fallenfruit, @LACMA, @LANLT
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News - USA: Mark Bittman explains why California's GMO labeling proposition failed

News - USA: Mark Bittman explains why California's GMO labeling proposition failed | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
USA: Mark Bittman explains why California's GMO labeling proposition failed (USA: Mark Bittman explains why #California's #GMO labeling proposition failed http://t.co/lJcrFfj7 #organic)...
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Even in notoriously liberal California, the GMO issue has lost battles at the ballot box.

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Food Writers Who Forget Rural America | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

Food Writers Who Forget Rural America | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
RT @chris_selk: Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil ~ Eisenhower: Food Writers Who Forget Rural America http://t.co/0Z766IwV via @NYFarmer
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Another countermand to the NY Times article last week on the state of our food system.

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The 9 Weirdest Farmer’s Market Veggies

The 9 Weirdest Farmer’s Market Veggies | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
What is the weirdest thing you have ever bought at a farmer's market? Here are some weird and wonderful veggie... http://t.co/5LtFVp06
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Just some photos but you have to agree that these can tweak the eyebrows of market-goers. My favorite is the Aubergine eggplant.

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A Truth About Olive Oil We Should All Know

A Truth About Olive Oil We Should All Know | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Olive oil has been around for thousands of years, in fact, olives are one of the oldest known foods. While there is a lot of information on the subject, it is no doubt that the oil extracted from o...
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Not a big fan of the nay-sayer, scare-mongering, crowd, but thought I'd pass this one along.  I'm Italian. Olive oil, rancid or not, flows in my blood. So I'm in the "read, but not listen" category here.

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Collierville Victory Garden produced more than 6000 pounds of vegetables for ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal

Collierville Victory Garden produced more than 6000 pounds of vegetables for ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Collierville Victory Garden produced more than 6000 pounds of vegetables for ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Master gardener Carl Wayne Hardeman recently donated his last batch of food to the Collierville Food Pantry.
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Food companies face sweeping new FDA rules

Food companies face sweeping new FDA rules | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
New Food and Drug Administration guidelines are designed to prevent the type of deadly outbreaks that have recently come from peanuts, cantaloupe, cheese and leafy greens.
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More on this subject below.  Keep watching.  We'll be tracking this closely.

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F.D.A. Offers Rules to Stop Food Contamination

F.D.A. Offers Rules to Stop Food Contamination | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Proposed rules represent a change in the way the Food and Drug Administration polices food, a process that now involves swinging into action after contamination has been identified. (F.D.A.
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This is a huge step for the FDA.  This is moving from a reactive to a preventive philosophy on food contamination.  Stay tuned!

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