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Is Social Media Ruining the Boston Food Scene?

Is Social Media Ruining the Boston Food Scene? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Jolyon Helterman recently addressed our culture’s growing obsession with documenting what we eat in a Boston Magazine piece Tweets, Shoots & Leaves.
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The Year In Food And Farming

The Year In Food And Farming | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
From the worst drought in half a century, to the fight against GMOs, to disgusting revelations about pink slime, this was quite a year in the world of food. Here's a look at some of the biggest stories of 2012.
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I'm starting to love these alternative best-of lists.

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The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Eighteen million dollars' worth of syrup was discovered stolen this summer. Were the thieves dirty outlaws or capitalist heroes?
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Renegade syrup pirates. "Yo ho ho and an $18 bottle of Grade A please."

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Despite farm bill extension, unease grips rural America

Despite farm bill extension, unease grips rural America | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Last-minute action by Congress to extend the expiring farm bill provides farmers and ranchers with a lifeline for this year, but it does little to suppress growing uncertainty in the agricultural communities.
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To "kick the can down the road a bit" does little to address the real issues of the farm bill.

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A food comparison tool using published nutrition info as the database.

A food comparison tool using published nutrition info as the database. | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
TwoFoods is an online food comparison tool that helps you choose healthy foods.
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This could be a useful tool.  This very morning Sam (10 year old) asked why he couldn't have Fruit Loops for breakfast instead of Kashi cereal. While the sugar content of each was comparable, the proetein was significantly higher in the Kashi.  Next time!

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Farmers urge minister to provide extreme weather insurance

Farmers urge minister to provide extreme weather insurance | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
National Farmers Union estimates rains in 2012 cost the industry £1.3bn from poor harvests and higher food bills for cattle (RT @climateprayer: Rains cost UK farmers £1.3bn in 2012.
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Wow, I wonder if this conversation is being had in the hallowed halls of Washington right now.  

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Seawater Greenhouses Produce Tomatoes in the Desert – State of the Planet

Seawater Greenhouses Produce Tomatoes in the Desert – State of the Planet | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
With the global population increasing by 80 million each year, a third of the planet will likely face water shortages by 2025. This looming water crisis is inextricably linked to food production...
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Very cool technology for a globe covered with more and more sea water.

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FTChronicles Intro Video…

FTChronicles Intro Video… | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Join us January 2nd-14th on a journey across Central America to hear directly from the coffee farmers how fair trade is affecting their lives… Web-series and Journals: FairTradeChronicles.com...
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These are our good friends from Higher Grounds Trading here in TC. Take a look at this kickoff and subsribe to the web series.

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Foods That Look Like Body Parts They're Good For

Foods That Look Like Body Parts They're Good For | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Learn how you can stay healthy by noshing on 10 anatomically shaped eats
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A bit of stretch for me, but I'm sure it made for good copy.

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Feed the Future Research Series Part III: Climate Change and Agriculture | Feed the Future

Feed the Future Research Series Part III: Climate Change and Agriculture | Feed the Future | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
RT @USAID: What is meant by being resilient 2 #climate change & how can we get there? @FeedtheFuture asks this &more http://t.co/cQwo6oYs #resilience
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It interests me that the word "resilient" is becoming ever more popular, especially with government institutions.  

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Can Antibiotics Make You Fat?

Can Antibiotics Make You Fat? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Factory animals are pumped full of antibiotics to make them gain weight. What does that mean for our waistlines?
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It still amazes me how easy it is to get antibiotics prescribed. This winter I was taken with pneumonia and was prescribed amoxycilin.  The scrip was FREE!  Didn't cost me a penny. Fascinating.

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Machine Prints Food Smells On Postcards - DesignTAXI.com

Machine Prints Food Smells On Postcards - DesignTAXI.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Machine Prints Food Smells On Postcards - DesignTAXI.com
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Ummm, somewhat speechless on this one.  But freshly picked basil comes to mind, or crushed garlic, how bout when you first open that bag of coffee beans.

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World Food Programme Adds Focus on Resilience | IIP Digital

World Food Programme Adds Focus on Resilience | IIP Digital | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The U.N. World Food Programme has expanded its humanitarian aid focus to include helping communities build resilience to shocks in a way that reduces their vulnerability to future stresses, says the director of the agency’s U.S.
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The Oxford Farming Conference | Oxford Farming Conference

The Oxford Farming Conference | Oxford Farming Conference | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
    (RT #Bidwells @ianashbridge "Precision farming allows us to manage fields within fields", Jake Freestone at #ofc13 http://t.co/AcY6c0qT)
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This is an interesting site from the UK coving farming issues.  Primarily it's booking the 2013 conference, but there's a lot of interesting information including all the papers that will be presented.

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Baltimore-Brewed Beer A Huge Hit At Local Restaurants - CBS Baltimore

Baltimore-Brewed Beer A Huge Hit At Local Restaurants - CBS Baltimore | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Ask someone from around here to name a beer brewed in Baltimore and they may have trouble coming up with a name. (Nice job @kevthebrewer!
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In my world beer qualifies as food.  So any story that has the word beer and the word local in the title is fair game.

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Color of Food Container Makes The Food and Drink Tastier

Color of Food Container Makes The Food and Drink Tastier | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

"The colour of the container where food and drink are served can enhance some attributes like taste and aroma," as explained by Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). Along with her colleague Charles Spence, from the University of Oxford (UK), the scientist has come to the conclusion in the case of drinking chocolate.

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This could be interesting. I have a matched set of Darth Vader (Black) and Storm Trooper (White) mugs that could serve as a good test bed for this theory.

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Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension : NPR

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension : NPR | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start 2013 with a new farm bill, the legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.
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We're watching the Farm Bill closely.  The provisions of this bill have far-reaching implications for the agricultural community AND everyone else.

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How to eat a persimmon

How to eat a persimmon | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Sales of the fruit have more than doubled in the UK in the last year. What's the attraction – and what's the best way to eat one? (How to eat a persimmon - Sales of the fruit have more than doubled in the UK in the last year.
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Admitedly not on my kitchen table at the moment.  Have only had them in passing.

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Dr. Oz Flip-Flops on Supporting Organics as High-Profile Attacks Intensify

Dr. Oz Flip-Flops on Supporting Organics as High-Profile Attacks Intensify | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
America's most popular TV doctor seems to have forgotten his own words that organic food is "worth the investment" and is instead trashing organics.
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Hate to say it but celebs like Oz are extremely influential.

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11 Powerful Environmental Ads

11 Powerful Environmental Ads | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
These Images from Various Ad Campaigns Around the Globe Remind Us That the Planet Is in Peril.
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Lessons for us all in simple, straightforward, non-wordy, messaging.

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Fixing Our Food Problem

Fixing Our Food Problem | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Let's resolve to develop a clear plan for improving our food system and fight for it. Patiently.
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And the NY Times jumps into the fray.

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Farmer Joel Salatin Takes on the New York Times - Organic Connections

Farmer Joel Salatin Takes on the New York Times - Organic Connections | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Farmer Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms, mounts an eloquent, highly intelligent and very detailed defense of sustainable farming practices in response to an editorial in the New York Times.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/opinion/the-myth-of-sustainable-meat.html?_r=0

 


(#Farmer Joel Salatin Takes on the New York Times.

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This is an article from April 2012 with Salatin defending the term sustainable.  Always interesting to get a feeling for the level of intelligence of the once quiet farmer.

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News - USA: 10 Things You Need to Know About Organic Food

News - USA: 10 Things You Need to Know About Organic Food | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
USA: 10 Things You Need to Know About Organic Food ("@Organic_Portal: News - USA: 10 Things You Need to Know About #Organic #Food http://t.co/9ucHs7sL" @Geoff_deweaver&TEAM #buy Organic!
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Just a quick list of basic but important things.

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How to Graft Tomatoes Onto Potatoes

How to Graft Tomatoes Onto Potatoes | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Although a potato and a tomato cannot be cross-bred, it is possible to graft together a tomato plant shoot to the rootstock of a potato plant. The grafted plant will produce both tomatoes from the tomato shoot and potatoes from the rootstock.
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Almost surprised Monsanto hasn't patented this already!

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Permaculture Trainings Benefit Whole Communities

Permaculture Trainings Benefit Whole Communities | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The reasons an individual might take a permaculture course varies widely, but one thing most people have in common when coming into this realm is the desire
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