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To Change Behavior, First Change Your Message

To Change Behavior, First Change Your Message | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A workshop was held for a number of organizations working on child nutrition. We described different lessons and findings from social science research and behavioral economics, which deal with how people really behave.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

I'm a big fan of Dan Ariely's work. "Predictably Irrational" is a terrific read for any leader. This piece posted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation site speaks directly to nonprofits and their messaging assumptions.

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I'm a big fan of Dan Ariely's work. "Predictably Irrational" is a terrific read for any leader. This piece posted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation site speaks directly to nonprofits and their messaging assumptions.

Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:18 AM

I'm a big fan of Dan Ariely's work. "Predictably Irrational" is a terrific read for any leader. This piece posted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation site speaks directly to nonprofits and their messaging assumptions.

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Egg fight: Quotas holding back organic farmers | Toronto Star

Egg fight: Quotas holding back organic farmers | Toronto Star | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Only allowed to operate with small flocks, organic farmers are prevented from expanding by Ontario’s supply management system.
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Ontario has a set of laws that challenge small farmers when it comes to growth. It's a quota system based on a 100 hen limit.  

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Vermont Fair Food Campaign: A letter to Sodexo management - VTDigger

Vermont Fair Food Campaign: A letter to Sodexo management - VTDigger | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
UVM students, faculty/staff, community groups, labor unions, and Burlington residents are angry about Sodexo’s exploitative practices toward its workers, and have joined together with the Vermont Fair Food Campaign and Students Stand Up!
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I'm trying to stay at a distance from the debate in Washington right now.  But here's an example of how some food-service businesses are using the Affordable Care Act to leverage food-worker benefits.

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‘You have to think of a different kind of menu,’ says Alice [Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and organic Slow Food guru]. ‘You eat dried fruit and nuts. You make pasta sauces out of canned tomatoe...

‘You have to think of a different kind of menu,’ says Alice [Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and organic Slow Food guru]. ‘You eat dried fruit and nuts. You make pasta sauces out of canned tomatoe... | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and People Who Cook
Bourdain devotes an entire chapter of his book to decimating Alice Waters, who has been lauded in a 60 Minutes...
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Admission that I'm only posting this because it mentions two diametrically opposed food gurus. Both heros of a sort to me; Alice Waters and Anthony Bourdain.

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FarmRaiser Launches Pilot Program in Northern Michigan : News : The Ticker

FarmRaiser Launches Pilot Program in Northern Michigan : News : The Ticker | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

It's about time!  I'm tired of cute kids knocking on my door selling me cookies from nowhere and pizzas from a can.  Fresh local food is worth gettng excited about!

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Whisky Feed a Boost to Sustainable Salmon Aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory

Whisky Feed a Boost to Sustainable Salmon Aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The whisky and salmon industries in Scotland are about to embark on an innovative new partnership, which will convert co-products from whisky production into feed for salmon and fish farming.

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Do You Know What's Really In Your Tea?

Do You Know What's Really In Your Tea? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Do You Know What's Really In Your Tea? Find Out What Ingredients Are Really In Your Cup Of Tea - A Full Investigation Of The Most Popular Tea Brands (RT @KissMyVeg: Dear @RishiTea & @NumiTea , thanks for making a clean product!
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

I'm going to admit to having somewhat of a crush on the Food Babe. Or at least I did until I saw how she stores her tea.  It's a bit scary to think someone is that organized in the kitchen. She does, however, manage to pull together a comprehensive article on some popular brands of tea.  Lucky for me, I don't drink any popular brands, just the awesome unpopular one, Light of Day Teas, from right her in northwest Michigan. So, much of this doesn't apply to me anyway.  But go ahead, read on, and don't forget to keep that pinky up.

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DIGG partnerships spread wealth of vegetables - Herald & Review

DIGG partnerships spread wealth of vegetables - Herald & Review | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
DIGG partnerships spread wealth of vegetables
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DECATUR — Diana Anders, 30, of Decatur and Michele Armistead, 41, of Pana each wish they could grow vegetables at their respective group homes.
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This article from Decatur, Illinois shows the power of a community garden to affect the lives of people with limited resources. Specifically, they partner with area group homes to give residents a sense of ownership in their communities.

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Postharvest hopyard management | MSU Extension

Postharvest hopyard management | MSU Extension | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
As growers wrap up hop harvest this season they can follow these postharvest tips to prepare for next year.
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Our good friend Rob Sirrine from MSU Extension has been up to his elbows in the northern Michigan hop harvest.  Here's an article he posted on how best to put your hop beds away for the winter months.

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We're chopping thousands of pounds of Bartlett pears in our production kitchen today.

We're chopping thousands of pounds of Bartlett pears in our production kitchen today. | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

Not a bad way to welcome Fall! « Spoon Blog

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I love pears.  Just made a huge batch of peach/pear salsa last week. American Spoon is simply an amazing company in northern Michigan. Incredible food, spot-on brand, and a market presence that stretches far beyond our little borders.  If you've never been to their sweet restaurant in Petoskey, you're truly missing a gem.

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Northern Michigan's Own Canned Goods

Northern Michigan's Own Canned Goods | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Today, while shopping at my local natural foods store Oryana, my friend Andy helped me stumble upon this product.  He was looking for pumpkin to add to a harvest beer concoction.  On the surface it's not all that exciting, but when you look closely there are some critical things occuring. The first for us in northern Michigan is that Omena Organics is a regional company, based in Leelanau County.  The second is that the product is organic.  The third is that it's a local "canned" product.  We just don't have many of them to speak of.  And finally the price, at Oryana at least, is .40 cents less than comparable organic brands from much further away.  


I point this out because there is often a misrepresentation that "local" food translates to more expensive food.  It's just not true.  It's especially unjust when you begin to calculate the trickel down benefits of transportation costs, local community economic benefit, etc.  There's simply no reason NOT to buy this product over another.


Pumpkin pie anyone?

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In produce, the best isn't always pretty

In produce, the best isn't always pretty | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago, I received a bag of Gravenstein apples fresh-picked from a backyard tree. They were squat and mottled, and, from the occasional puncture hole, I could tell that the birds had enjoyed them first.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

This is a terrific article on the artiface of produce purchasing.  It looks to examine the reasons we require "porn" versions of food to help us equate quality.  "Our preference for uniform, camera-ready produce is shaped partly by marketing and partly by USDA regulations that stipulate all commercially grown fruits and vegetables must be at least 90 percent blemish-free."

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Redirecting to AU: Agricultural lobbyists to join forces against large supermarkets

Agricultural lobbyists to join forces against large #supermarkets http://t.co/12u4ONasIP #news #businessnews #business #retail #retailers
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

This song has been sung before.  The article, from down under, tells of farmers banding together to demand some respect from monopolistic corporate grocers.

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Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Opens in Chester, PA, a Food Desert for 12 Years – Next City

Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Opens in Chester, PA, a Food Desert for 12 Years – Next City | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Chester, a USDA-designated food desert, gets its first supermarket in a dozen years.
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A follow-up to the story posted on September 27th about the country's first nonprofit supermarket recently opened in Chester, PA.

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Scary Halloween candy: Watch out for these five ingredients

Scary Halloween candy: Watch out for these five ingredients | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Don't let your kids eat Halloween candy with these ingredients.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

The time is upon us when many friends are looking for the best deals on massive bags of sugary treats for the ghouls and goblins who'll be ringing our doorbells at the end of the month.  So as you make such decisions, and later when your child comes home with a bagful of his/her own, consider this.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 7, 2013 9:46 PM

We generally treat kids with small one-ounce boxes of raisins. How about you?

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3-day youth summit at University of Montana promotes community food movement - The Missoulian

3-day youth summit at University of Montana promotes community food movement - The Missoulian | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
3-day youth summit at University of Montana promotes community food movement
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At the tender age of 12, Jesse Linton was forced out of his home and slipped into an anti-social lifestyle of drugs and video games.
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Our MLUI friend Kirsten Girrbach is in Missoula now.  I suspect she's right in the middle of this.  Though I also know there's already snow out there.

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The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film - The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film

The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film - The Harvest / La Cosecha Documentary Film | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is the story of the children who work 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week to pick the food that we eat. These children are not toiling in the fields in some far away land. They are working here, in our back yard, in America.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

Migrant workers are already the shadow service in this country.  We simply couldn't have our agricultural richness here in northwest Michigan without them.  This film showcases a dark side of the labor pool, when it faces migrant children with long, dangerous, hours in the field.

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Traffic fumes make honeybees unable to recognise flower scent, study shows

Traffic fumes make honeybees unable to recognise flower scent, study shows | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Scientists find reactive pollutants in diesel make oilseed rape flowers 'smell' different, affecting bees' ability to find food (Diesel fumes confusing honey bees search for food http://t.co/fSeFEQwTEW...
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

One more reason to park that hunk of steel and plastic, and ride your bike or walk.  As if our poor little honey bees haven't had enough to worry about lately.  

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Stephen Harrison's curator insight, October 7, 2013 4:14 PM

Its no wonder the bee population is on the decline.... 

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Chestnuts: Not just for roasting anymore

Chestnuts: Not just for roasting anymore | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
TRAVERSE CITY ' Ella Cooper pulled down a chestnut tree branch with a glove-shielded hand and broke open a spiny bur to see how the three chestnuts i
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I am a sucker for good, fresh, then roasted chestnuts.  I've even been known to bake with the flour which has amazing flavor.

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F.D.A. Bans Three Arsenic Drugs Used in Poultry and Pig Feeds

F.D.A. Bans Three Arsenic Drugs Used in Poultry and Pig Feeds | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration’s announcement comes after studies revealed chickens had higher-than-normal levels of the compound, which is primarily used to prevent disease and promote animal growth.
Bill Palladino - MLUI's insight:

In the midst of shutdown madness in D.C. this news on an important food safety issue.  Imagine the FDA actually rescinding a previous ruling in support of drug manufacturers!  A good week in Washington by my book.

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Brew pub’s employees decide: ‘we’re going zero waste!’ - Sustainable TC

Brew pub’s employees decide: ‘we’re going zero waste!’ - Sustainable TC | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Two awesome people featured here. The author Betsy Coffia is a rockstar mover and shaker in northern Michigan and Pete Kirkwood is a guy with a terrific vision and the chops to follow through with it.  I love The Workshop Brewery's look and feel, not to mention the awesome beer.  The food is terrific and surprisingly cheap.

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What You Don't Know About Common Fruits May Surprise You - Huffington Post

What You Don't Know About Common Fruits May Surprise You - Huffington Post | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
What You Don't Know About Common Fruits May Surprise You
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Whenever I'm down, I know full-well that eating fruits and veggies will improve my mood almost immediately.
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We all know, even through the unseasonably warm weather, that it's harvest season.  So there's not much reason to avoid fresh fruit. But can eating fruit have effects on your mood or the way you sleep?  You bet.

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8 Delicious Pumpkin Desserts for Fall

8 Delicious Pumpkin Desserts for Fall | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The fall season is slowly approaching, and what better way to celebrate it than with some scrumptious pumpkin-flavored treats? Click through... (Let #fall inspire your tastebuds with these seasonal #pumpkin #recipes!
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And just for the fun of it, to follow on to the previous post about Omena Organics' canned pumpkin, here are few seasonally inspired sweet recipes.

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Nation's first non-profit supermarket coming to Chester

Nation's first non-profit supermarket coming to Chester | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
For the first time in more than a decade, a new supermarket is opening in Chester.
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I'm fascinated by this, and will be keeping tabs on it. What are your thoughts on a nonprofit approach to selling food?

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Online farmers' market expands into Spokane - Capital Press

Online farmers' market expands into Spokane - Capital Press | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Online farmers' market expands into Spokane
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She doesn't see a downside for the farmer. “Everything is pre-sold,” Stevens said.
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Now here's a great idea making some headway in Washington state.

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