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Connecticut becomes first state to require labeling of GMO's

Connecticut becomes first state to require labeling of GMO's | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Connecticut has become a pioneer in food labeling as it is the first state to pass legislation to make companies say if their products contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
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Thanks to my friend Dennis from ERG! Energy Bars in Michigan for pointing out this huge story from the east coast. Connecticut becomes the first state to mandate GMO labeling on food products.

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Where Farmers Markets and CSAs Fall Short

Where Farmers Markets and CSAs Fall Short | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Mary Berry, daughter of poet Wendell Berry, wants to take local food beyond 'a faddish economy.'
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If you wish to learn something about the importance of the farmer in your very existence, read Wendell Berry.

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Sysco to Buy Rival US Foods in Deal Valued at $3.5 Billion - New York Times

Sysco to Buy Rival US Foods in Deal Valued at $3.5 Billion - New York Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Sysco to Buy Rival US Foods in Deal Valued at $3.5 Billion
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The deal unites the two biggest food distributors in the country, solidifying Sysco's position as the reigning giant in an already consolidated industry.
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This is one of the scariest pieces of business news I've seen.  This means Sysco will now own 25% of the entire restaurant/cafeteria food distribution market, making it even tougher for the little guy or even regional businesses like Gordon Food Service here in Michigan.

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Take a TLD Poll

Take a TLD Poll | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
From time to time we create short polls that are designed to help us measure certain aspects of the local food system.  Each only takes a few seconds to finish.  Fill out one, or all.  And thanks i...
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Help us understand your food buying behavior by taking a poll (or a few).  They are simple questions that will take you less than 30 seconds to complete, but will assist us immensely in our local food research.

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Food tastes better if we think it's organic

Food tastes better if we think it's organic | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Swedish researchers gave a group of people two cups of ordinary coffee, but told them one was organic. Despite the two drinks being identical, the participants said the supposedly ‘organic’ version was nicer.
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Oh, this is just too good to be true.  It would seem that our species is simple-minded enough that our brains can be fooled into thinking something tastes better, by just telling stating so on the label.

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Humans Are Becoming More Carnivorous: Scientific American

Humans Are Becoming More Carnivorous: Scientific American | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Study reveals global shift toward animal-based diet—a bad omen for the environment
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Yow, so we're not the top predator.  But as a species we're consuming more meat than ever before.  Gotta love Scientific American!

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Looking for fraud? Don't look at food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street

Looking for fraud? Don't look at food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Chris Arnade: Food stamps keep 47 million people from going hungry, so cuts hurt. Congress should focus on where the real abuse happens
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I try not to dive too deep into Washington politics, but this is an article that sheds light on a baseline hypocrisy of our system.

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How Do I Store This Fresh Produce? - Infographic

How Do I Store This Fresh Produce? - Infographic | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
So your neighbor the gardener just gave you 200 pounds of squash, a bushel of carrots, and some mushrooms.  What do you do with it all? This infographic would've been better to have in your hands a...
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Another great infographic that you should print and stick to the side of your fridge.

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What does your school lunch look like?

What does your school lunch look like? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
How do you or your kids feel about the cafeteria food at school? Just how nutritious and/or satisfying is it? Show and tell us what school lunches look like and we may feature them on USA TODAY channels.
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USA Today goes viral to get at the heart of school lunches.  Hey kids, send in your own photos via Twitter #schoollunch.

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Australia blocks sale of GrainCorp to US food giant - Channel NewsAsia

Australia blocks sale of GrainCorp to US food giant - Channel NewsAsia | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The Australian government rejected Friday the multi-billion dollar sale of GrainCorp to American agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as not in the national interest.
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Australians seem to get the concepts of food safety and national security can be connected.  

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A School Patty with Local Flavor | Local Food Hub

A School Patty with Local Flavor | Local Food Hub | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Here's a farm to school story from our co-horts at the Food Hub in Charlottesville, VA.  This one showcases a cafeteria hamburger patty custom made from local beef for the region's schools.

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Is America over soup?

Is America over soup? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
We're consuming less of it, but paying more.
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A 30% earnings drop in one quarter for a huge food company is hard to shake off.  "Thin broth" being served up, as it says in the piece.  What's this mean to smaller food entrepreneurs?

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National survey shows institutions are buying into local foods | equiterre.org - For socially and environmentally responsible choices

National survey shows institutions are buying into local foods | equiterre.org - For socially and environmentally responsible choices | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Canada has been making strides on its on with Farm to Institution work.

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FDA to phase out non-medical antibiotic use by farms

FDA to phase out non-medical antibiotic use by farms | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
In a major shift of national food policy, the Food and Drug Administration is phasing out the non-medical use of antibiotics on farm animals in an effort to combat growing human resistance to the crucial drugs.

Via PIRatE Lab
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This story sounds almost too good, and too logical, to be true.

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Fantastic.  The only question iswhy has this taken so long?

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The 4 best cookbooks of 2013

The 4 best cookbooks of 2013 | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
And 3 also fantastic runners-up.
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My crew here in Traverse City is reading Michael Pollan's Cooked as part of the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project.  But these four books will make it to my shelf soon.

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The American | In Italia: Food: In Cucina: Demitasse semantics

The American | In Italia: Food: In Cucina: Demitasse semantics | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The art and protocol associated with making caffè is serious business in Italy. (How to enjoy Italian coffee like a local http://t.co/LYFfvaX0Rq)
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

This article demonstrates the power of genetics for me.  The description here of how Italians enjoy their coffee, and the rituals therein, make me understand this apple hasn't fallen far from the Napalitano tree.

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Northern Michigan's Answer to the Oil Crisis

Northern Michigan's Answer to the Oil Crisis | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
By Bill Palladino "Since oils have the most aroma and nutrients when they are fresh, cold-pressed and unrefined, it helps to grow and press them locally. But it turns out, some of the crops we don'...
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We have a series of articles on our blog today on local culinary oil production.  It's a dying art that is gaining some sudden traction in our little foodie Mecca.

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Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb

Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Research on how food preferences develop suggests that obesity may have its roots in what we eat as babies.
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Guess all that canned food my family loved so well had its effect on me.  Though I've managed to battle the constant cravings for Green Giant peas and corn, margarine, and Skippy peanut butter.

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Why Trademark (Brand) Matters: Food For Thought vs Huffington Post/Chipotle Mexican Grill | Food For Thought®

Why Trademark (Brand) Matters: Food For Thought vs Huffington Post/Chipotle Mexican Grill | Food For Thought® | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
trademark, brand, Food for Thought, trademark infringement, Huffington Post, Chipotle, small business
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

Our good friends at Food for Thought out in Honor, Michigan have been fighting an awkward battle of late.  The powers that be at Huff Post have infringed a long-standing trademark to create a new sustainable foods blog.  It's pretty blatant and one of those situations where the big company is ignoring Tim Young (and his attorneys) hoping to out last and out spend him.  Take a look at this plea from Tim.

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Hands Free Whopper®

Hands Free Whopper® | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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I'm not exactly sure if this is a Burger King commercial or dark social commentary.  It works either way.

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Are There Harmful Ingredients Lurking In Your Spice Cabinet?

Are There Harmful Ingredients Lurking In Your Spice Cabinet? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Are There Harmful Ingredients Lurking In Your Spice Cabinet? There are two purposes for adding spices to food. One is to add flavor while the other...
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So who doesn't have a crush on the Food Babe?  (That was a pun about spices by the way.)  She's digging deep into the world of spices that we take for granted in our otherwise healthy food.

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Small-scale poultry farmers unite against the 'Chicken Mafia' and strict ... - National Post

Small-scale poultry farmers unite against the 'Chicken Mafia' and strict ... - National Post | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Small-scale poultry farmers unite against the 'Chicken Mafia' and strict ...
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However, Ontario's supply management system limits small-flock farmers like him to fewer than 300 birds.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

The Discovery channel's fictional Amish Mafia has nothing on Canada's regulatory juggernaut regarding small scale farming.  The "Chicken Mafia" maintain tight controls on our northern neigbbors' ability to expand their flocks.  

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What Should I Bring To Thanksgiving - Infographic

What Should I Bring To Thanksgiving - Infographic | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Here's a post from CHOW.com that sums up some of my thinking today.  
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It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and aside from wondering how the Lions are going to overcome the annual game with the Packers tomorrow, I'm wondering what I should bring to the in-laws for Thanksgiving. Here's an infographic to help sum up those feelings.

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Interesting Sydney International Food Festival Ads | Creative Ad Awards

Interesting Sydney International Food Festival Ads | Creative Ad Awards | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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I'm a sucker for great graphic design.  Check out these amazingly creative country flags made completely from food.

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Why Are Cities Attacking Home Gardeners?

Why Are Cities Attacking Home Gardeners? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A Florida couple was forced to rip up their front yard garden because the city didn't like the way it looked, something that's becoming a disturbing trend. (RT @rcooley123: Why Are Cities Attacking Home Gardeners?
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

We've thankfully seen the opposite in my home community in northern Michigah but we're hardly a "city".  Have you heard of other examples of communities enforcing strict rules on urban gardens?

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