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Donation drop forces food bank change - Providence Eyewitness News

Donation drop forces food bank changeProvidence Eyewitness News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is being forced to develop a new business model.
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The Low Wage Plight of Fast Food Workers

The Low Wage Plight of Fast Food Workers | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Fast Food Forward puts the spotlight on the low wages and lack of benefits for fast food workers.
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The employment element of food systems is a vital piece to how we all get our food.  Even fast food.  

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Food

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Advice and learning on food, including DIY, gluten free diets, going vegan, and cooking a 12-course French dinner.
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An interesting new website designed to connect you (for a price) with experts in specific fields... even food.

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Westborough Food Pantry Handles Changing Clientele, Decline in Food Drive ... - Patch.com

Westborough Food Pantry Handles Changing Clientele, Decline in Food Drive ... - Patch.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Westborough Food Pantry Handles Changing Clientele, Decline in Food Drive ...Patch.comDonations support the dinners, food pantry Director Phil Kittredge notes: Westborough firefighters buy fresh tomatoes, onions, squash, carrots, celery and the...
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Always like to see coverage of food pantries... always in dire need this time of year.

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Food: Things You Should Know About...Argentine Beef | Latino Life UK Latin and Spanish News, Events, Arts, Culture, Reviews and Music

Food: Things You Should Know About...Argentine Beef | Latino Life UK Latin and Spanish News, Events, Arts, Culture, Reviews and Music | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Candela Live UK is the largest Latin and Spanish lifestyle portal in the UK. Contains events listings, news, arts, culture, music, reviews, food, drink, shopping, travel, photo galleries, blogs and comments.
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Why we're fat? Food is easier to get, harder to resist - U-T San Diego

Why we're fat? Food is easier to get, harder to resist - U-T San Diego | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Why we're fat? Food is easier to get, harder to resistU-T San DiegoHaving once worn a dress made entirely of raw meat, the pop singer Lady Gaga is famous — or notorious, depending upon how you feel about food as frockery — for her extravagant,...
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Fat is where it's at.

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Oysters Ascendant

Oysters Ascendant | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
From working stiff's snack to rare luxury, this mollusk has seen its share of ups and downs. Now, the forecast looks brighter than ever.
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I admit, here and now, a fondness for fresh oysters.  Though my rule of thumb is if you can't shuck one, then toss the shell into the sea from where you're sitting, they're probably not fresh enough.

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FOOD: Madfox Brewing Company Finishes Out the Farmers Market Chef Season - Falls Church Times

FOOD: Madfox Brewing Company Finishes Out the Farmers Market Chef Season - Falls Church Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Falls Church TimesFOOD: Madfox Brewing Company Finishes Out the Farmers Market Chef SeasonFalls Church TimesThere is never a better way to finish off a successful season than with a beloved superstar and that is how the Farmers Market Chef season...
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The foodie nation winds its tendrils deeply into communities large and small.

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In Farmer's Market, A Free Market Rises In Cuba - NPR (blog)

In Farmer's Market, A Free Market Rises In Cuba - NPR (blog) | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
NPR (blog)In Farmer's Market, A Free Market Rises In CubaNPR (blog)This market, on the edge of Havana, only exists at night, appearing after sundown every day in a muddy vacant lot.
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Fascinating report from Cuba on the country's struggles with importing enough food AND growing enough food. Local Grassroots Food Movement to the rescue.

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Food pantries still in need of help this season - Iowa City Press Citizen

Food pantries still in need of help this season - Iowa City Press Citizen | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Food pantries still in need of help this seasonIowa City Press CitizenGiven all the back and forth during this year's legislative session, we were surprised that the Republican House and the Democratic Senate were able to find common ground on...
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Food pantries all of this country (and others) are always in dire need to stock thier shelves during the holidays.

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BSE infected cattle have prions in saliva - health - 07 December 2012 - New Scientist

BSE infected cattle have prions in saliva - health - 07 December 2012 - New Scientist | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The discovery of tiny levels of prions in cow saliva might pave way for a test for BSE before symptoms develop, and raises questions about transmission (RT @EarthChronicles: BSE infected cattle have prions in saliva
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I thought we were done with Mad Cow Disease.  

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Midwest CSA Farming Conference Coming in January | Cornucopia Institute

Midwest CSA Farming Conference Coming in January | Cornucopia Institute | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Chippewa Falls, WI – On January 10th and 11th, 2012, CSA farmers from across the Midwest will come together on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus (Midwest CSA Farming Conference Coming in January http://t.co/CmisuFRT...)...
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The Hidden Conflicts of Interest Behind Dr. Oz’ New Stance on Organic Diet Being “Elitist”

The Hidden Conflicts of Interest Behind Dr. Oz’ New Stance on Organic Diet Being “Elitist” | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
dr oz attacks organic foods (The Hidden Conflicts of Interest Behind Dr.)...
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Seems like everyone is beating up on organics these days.

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Food safety group calls for court to limit GMO seed patents

(Reuters) - Patent protection for genetically modified corn, soybeans and other crop must be limited so farmers can save their seeds and protect themselves against litigation, a public interest group said (Food safety group calls for court to limit...
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We're hoping this trend will continue.  Small farmers need help and protection from GMO crops and seeds.  It's a complex issue that effects everyone... at least everyone who chooses to eat.

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The Dirty Tricks of Food Photographers | Pixiq

The Dirty Tricks of Food Photographers | Pixiq | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen the seductive photos of vividly colorful fresh vegetables, sumptuous cherry pies, and golden-brown roasted turkeys.
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Love what you see in those Foodie rags?  Want to try those recipes? Wait, you mean the photo isn't really of edible food?  Whoa!

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A food allergy warning label on a package of cookies. (Envision/Corbis) - ABC News

A food allergy warning label on a package of cookies. (Envision/Corbis) - ABC News | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
ABC NewsA food allergy warning label on a package of cookies. (Envision/Corbis)ABC NewsEating M&M's was a big deal for Nicholas Vanech when he was 10 years old.
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Congratulations To The Good Foods Finalists

Congratulations To The Good Foods Finalists | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The Good Food Awards are the Emmy awards of artisan food producers and just last week the finalists for the 2013 awards were named.  This is definitely a list you want to take a look at as every company here produces delicious small-batch products...
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Perfect produce, shrinking market: it's a growing trend

Perfect produce, shrinking market: it's a growing trend | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Australia: Keith Harrison remembers his family's stone fruit orchard - 20,000 trees in wide rows - spreading out in the Araluen valley to the gum tree-covered mountains in the distance. (We need to buy Australian & buy local!
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WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. » Rough Draft Farmstead.

WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. » Rough Draft Farmstead. | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Sad RT @MotherEarthNews: Small chicken farm forced to close due to Tyson's pollution - We're sorry to see this happen.
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Another challenge for small farms.

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Punjab to enact law on contract farming - Hindustan Times

Punjab to enact law on contract farming - Hindustan Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The Punjab government will come out with a law on contract farming, binding on both companies and farmers to prevent any deviation by either of the parties from the terms of agreement."The draft of the Contract Farming legislation is ready and it...
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Fascinating that all over the globe farm politics seems to be so common. How to support or control the small farmer, always deep questions.

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Top 10 food trends for 2013 - Omaha World-Herald

Top 10 food trends for 2013 - Omaha World-Herald | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Top 10 food trends for 2013
Omaha World-Herald

But men increasingly are doing the meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking, and stores are starting to respond, said food industry consultant Phil Lempert, the “Supermarket Guru.”
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Not sure if I agree with this top ten list.  But it's interesting nonetheless.  Though I do resemble #2 quite a bit.

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Feds look to hammer food-stamp fraudsters - Chicago Sun-Times

Feds look to hammer food-stamp fraudsters - Chicago Sun-Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Feds look to hammer food-stamp fraudstersChicago Sun-TimesSaying a Waukegan storeowner and his wife used the federal food-stamp program as a “personal ATM machine,” prosecutors are trying to hammer the couple with sentences of at least 2½ years in...
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UK food subscription service Foodeebox acquires Larderbox to help fend off the competition

UK food subscription service Foodeebox acquires Larderbox to help fend off the competition | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Larderbox, the monthly food delivery service has been acquired by competitor Foodeebox for an undisclosed sum. The pair provide ways for independent and artisan food producers to deliver ...
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In our continuing attempt to track food distribution systems, the UK keeps bringin' it!

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Conference focuses on small farm production, management

Conference focuses on small farm production, management | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Small farms are a big deal, and a Purdue Extension conference will provide the tools to successfully operate them.
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Indiana's version of the Small Farm Conference.

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Food Business News | Greater organic oversight on the way

Food Business News | Greater organic oversight on the way | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
News, Markets and Analysis for the Food Processing Industry (Food Business News | Greater organic oversight on the way http://t.co/dKOqLIWF...)...
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"Oversight" in this case typically means making it harder for the small, truly organic producer, and easier for the big, shirt-tails riding, manufacturer.  I'll be interested to follow this.

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