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Grow Your Own Vegetables, City Dwellers, But Do Mind The Lead

Grow Your Own Vegetables, City Dwellers, But Do Mind The Lead | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A geochemist offers ideas for safe gardening on lead-contaminated urban soil.
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Urban farming is all the rage, just be careful of what you can't see.

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Organic chicken carries just as many superbugs as conventional.

Organic chicken carries just as many superbugs as conventional. | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
And no one can figure out why.
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Another Tom Philpott post. This one a bit scary, regarding a study suggesting that "superbug" bacteria are just as likely to be found in organic chickens as in commercial varieties.

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Annual Food and Farm Network Summit

Annual Food and Farm Network Summit | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Every year in late winter, the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network puts on a single-day summit.  This event is always well attended and is the birth place of many of the ideas that you see ...
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Here's some vital information about the Food & Farming events coming up in Traverse City, MI on the weekend of Jan 31 - Feb 2.

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Food Safety Modernization Act--FDA Apparently Agrees to Revise Provisions That Would Harm Small Farmers

Food Safety Modernization Act--FDA Apparently Agrees to Revise Provisions That Would Harm Small Farmers | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Food Safety Modernization Act--FDA Apparently Agrees to Revise Provisions That Would Harm Small Farmers
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's All About Organics page and our Food Safety Research Center page.
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We'll be watching this news very closely.  A bit skeptical at the moment.  But we must recognize the Organic Consumers Association, and organizations like them for working so hard to make the case for small farms during the year-long FSMA comment period.

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Aquaponics brings fish-fuelled vegetables to Toronto | Toronto Star

Aquaponics brings fish-fuelled vegetables to Toronto  | Toronto Star | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Toronto will soon get its first commercial aquaponics farm, a system that combines fish farming with gardening in a completely waste-free system.
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Anyone watching this ever see aquaponics in action?  I'm not a big fan of inclosed fish farming.  And I think tilapia are the TVP of the fish world. 

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New England Nonprofit Tackles America’s Farmland Access Challenge

New England Nonprofit Tackles America’s Farmland Access Challenge | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
By targeting three aspects of farm ownership, the folks at New England’s nonprofit Land for Good help existing farmers with the succession of their property, new farmers with land acquisition and p...
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An example from the east coast of innovative land access systems.

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The future of cooking? PRINT your dinner: Don't scoff - but now 3D printers can make food

The future of cooking? PRINT your dinner: Don't scoff - but now 3D printers can make food | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A starter, main and dessert, all produced by a 3D printer? TOM RAWSTHORNE is served up the latest in food technology.
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There is an inherent oxymoron in the term "food technology."  It just doesn't work for me.  Anyone for watching episodes of the original Star Trek series?

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Your Holiday Foods and Your Waist Line

Your Holiday Foods and Your Waist Line | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
In this unusual Infographic from the folks at Fitbie.com, we see a standard collection of holiday temptations, alongside a visual reminder of how much you should really eat.  We all love to eat ove...
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Here's an infographic that might help you control your passion for the leftovers from yesterday's feast.

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FDA backs off produce standards criticized by Maine farmers - Press Herald

FDA backs off produce standards criticized by Maine farmers - Press Herald | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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FDA backs off produce standards criticized by Maine farmers
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FSMA public comments seem to have sunk in at FDA.

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Sarah Ramirez left a prestige career to bring the state's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks.
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We are fast approaching a critical mass of population on this planet. It's good to know there are smart people out there who understand the importance of the food system and the outrageous inequalities forced upon it.

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Whole Foods to Chobani: Please Leave

Whole Foods to Chobani: Please Leave | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Is it possible to get too successful for Whole Foods? The grocery chain's latest move to stop shelving the Greek yogurt brand begs the question.
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Live by GMOs, die by GMOs.  Whole Foods puts the kibosh on Chobani.

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Pet Food Safety: Public Reactions to FSMA Animal Food Rule - Food Safety News

Pet Food Safety: Public Reactions to FSMA Animal Food Rule - Food Safety News | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Food Safety News
In late November and early December, the U.S.
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Interesting side-channel discussion to the Food Safety Modernization Act.  Seems pet food falls under that premise as well.

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The 2013 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

The 2013 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
I have a house and, like most houses, it's an unfinished work. There are cracks in the paint. There are piles of old clothes and shoes exploding out of the laundry room, which doubles as a storage room because we don't have a storage room.
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Deadspin is not for the faint of heart.  Careful where you open this link, (no children or language police allowed).  That disclaimer aside, if you're not laughing out loud when you read this annual lambasting of Williams-Sonoma's catalog, you are taking yourself way to seriously.  This blogger (Drew Magary) says what all of us are thinking, and she puts it in print!

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With Stunning New Stores, Starbucks Has a New Design Strategy: Act Local | Wired Design | Wired.com

With Stunning New Stores, Starbucks Has a New Design Strategy: Act Local | Wired Design | Wired.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Why Starbucks is making their store design hyper-local.
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My skeptic's hat just leaped off the hook and onto my head.

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Why I'm still skeptical of GMOs

Why I'm still skeptical of GMOs | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
While the New York Times frets about anti-GMO crazies in Hawaii, the USDA quietly prepares to green-light new GM seeds that will likely require massive amounts of herbicide.
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This is a terrific post from Tom Philpott in response to a recent NY Times article admonishing the tactics of anti-GMO activists in Hawaii.

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Michigan farmers raise furry, Hungarian Mangalitsa pigs to produce the 'Kobe beef' of pork

Michigan farmers raise furry, Hungarian Mangalitsa pigs to produce the 'Kobe beef' of pork | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
After nearly facing extinction, the Mangalitsa pig is making a comeback in Europe and the United States thanks to the work of Michigan farmers like Wilhelm Kohl, who was among the first to import the pig to the U.S.
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Oink, oink, oink.  Mangalitsas are the best!  

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FRESH - The Movie

FRESH - The Movie | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
On January 31 as part of the annual Food & Farming Network Summit, we'll be showing the movie FRESH. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventi...
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Join us in Traverse City the weekend of January 31 - February 2. Big things happening in the world of regional agriculture.

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A Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy - Wall Street Journal

A Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy - Wall Street Journal | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy Wall Street Journal A remarkable 2011 memo from OSHA's enforcement chief to regional administrators at first acknowledges that the law prevents the agency from regulating small farms engaged in growing and harvesting...
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Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 3, 9:46 AM

prune the infectious weeds?

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Photographers Create the Tiniest of Dramas on Your Dinner | Raw File | Wired.com

Photographers Create the Tiniest of Dramas on Your Dinner | Raw File | Wired.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida's MINIMIAM series uses fruit, vegetables, and sweets as the edible backdrops for surprisingly engaging dramas played out by figurines like those used in model train sets.
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Wonderful creative food puns in miniature.

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Farmers vs. Monsanto - Salem-News.Com

Farmers vs. Monsanto - Salem-News.Com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Last week, the Public Patent Foundation filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto, in the hopes that the highest court in the land would hear and reinsta.....
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McDonald’s Tells Workers Not To Eat Fast Food

McDonald’s Tells Workers Not To Eat Fast Food | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
McDonald's employee website warns fast food is bad for your health.
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While I'm not convinced of the true intention of McDonald's responses here, even they should be able to admit its a bit awkward.

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Holistic Farming Approach to Meet World Food Demand Sustainably - ThePigSite.com

Holistic Farming Approach to Meet World Food Demand Sustainably - ThePigSite.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
ThePigSite.com Holistic Farming Approach to Meet World Food Demand Sustainably ThePigSite.com GLOBAL - A holistic long-term approach may be the key to introducing sustainability into the food and agriculture (F&A) equation, according to a new...
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An interesting read from the UK.  And you just got to love the name of the website.

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BOOK REVIEW: Michael Pollan's "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation"

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Pollan's "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
By Bill Palladino “Alone among the animals, we humans insist that our food be not only ‘good to eat’ —tasty, safe, and nutritious— but also, in the words of Claude Levi-Strauss, ‘good to think,’ fo...
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At the top of my list to Santa every year is a good book to read over the holiday break.  Search no more!  "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" by Michael Pollan is a jam-packed culinary joy ride.  Here's a review of the book by yours truly.

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FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Antibacterial soaps may contribute to antibiotic resistance, infectious disease specialists say.
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Not directly a  food issue, but wrapping around food safety the FSMA and the FDA it's pertinent to our discussion here.  I've never been much of a hand sanitizer guy anyway, at least outside a hospital setting.  I wonder how this will fly.

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The big island ‘Hawaii’ signs bill 113, prohibiting biotech companies to plant new GMO crops

The big island ‘Hawaii’ signs bill 113, prohibiting biotech companies to plant new GMO crops | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The big island ‘Hawaii’ signs bill 113, prohibiting biotech companies to plant new GMO crops and how Bill 2491 was recently overrode by Kauai County Council after Kauai’s Mayor Bernard Carvalho vetoed the bill (RT @OrganicLiveFood: #Hawaii sets an...
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Another GMO victory.  While not a state-wide ban, this city on Hawaii's big island jumps in feet first to the battle.

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