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Camden gets NJ's 1st rolling produce market

Camden gets NJ's 1st rolling produce market | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
A city without much access to fresh produce is getting New Jersey's first mobile food market. (For those of you that think the rolling produce truck in Camden is a great thing, keep in mind one of the things...
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New Jersey always gets beat up, but who cares if you're living in Camden and get a visit from the state's first rolling produce market.  Love this!

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Local food -- put a sticker on it!

Local food -- put a sticker on it! | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
As the public’s appetite grows for locally grown eats, so do the smart marketing campaigns designed to help local farmers, and foster more of them.
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And here I thought we were ahead of the game.  Northwest Michigan is about to debut an entirely reworked Taste the Local Difference marketing/branding program.  Stay tuned.  Though, we've been at it for a decade already.

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Patrick Holden: Eating Food With a Better Backstory

Patrick Holden: Eating Food With a Better Backstory | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Patrick Holden was a naive hippie in the ’70s when he started Bwlchwernen Fawr—now the oldest established organic dairy farm in Wales. Fourty years later, Holden asks the question: How can we be more accountable?
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What The World Eats (Shocking Photos)

What The World Eats (Shocking Photos) | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
This photographic report exposes the proliferation of processed foods in the western diet and in the diets of many developing countries the world over. Is it any wonder that we are seeing increases in diet & lifestyle related diseases?
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I think we might be just as astounded at the differences between various groups and the way they eat in the US.  Whether socio-economic, ethnic, or geographic differences, it would be a diverse examination.  

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mikhail's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:10 AM

this is a shocking image. this shows a lot of unhealthy and processed food that the western society eats. this is a good example of a bad lifestyle choice

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W. Va. food comes from fields, forests and family gardens - American Food Roots

W. Va. food comes from fields, forests and family gardens - American Food Roots | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
West Virginia food is grown and hunted according to the seasons. Nothing is wasted. Meat is eaten, surplus crops are put up to be eaten throughout the year.
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Wouldn't you love to have a county commissioner that's also a dietician and local foods advocate?  [Insert photo of me raising my hand here.] Go Stacy, go!

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5 Steps to Rescue Your Productivity When Days Go Bad

5 Steps to Rescue Your Productivity When Days Go Bad | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Your computer crashes, you spill coffee all over yourself and a client bails last-minute on your lunch meeting. Have no fear -- your day can still be...
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Guess I could say this is a frequent issue.  It's good to have some type of system in place to recover.  What do you use to reset your daily path when things aren't going as planned?

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GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry

GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
If you look at the prevalence of GMOs in our food industry and government and at how the genetic engineering industry itself behaves, you may find it seems remarkably similar to a “zombie apocalypse”.
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I'm following up my most favorite ever #infographic (Why Buy Local?) with this informational piece on GMO crops.  This one wins as having my favorite opening line.  If you're not a Walking Dead fan, look it up.

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Nexus Dialogue: What does the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus mean to you?

This video, as part of the Nexus Interview Series, centres around the question "What does the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus mean to you?" It features Abuz... (Nexus Dialogue: What Does the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus Mean to You?
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Up here in the Great Lakes region, we take water for granted.  That's especially true when we consider our food needs.  It's just going to be there.  This quick video reminds us that in many parts of the world (and in parts of the US) water and food issues are intertwined.

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Jack Mosel's curator insight, April 22, 2013 12:47 PM

Happy Earth DAY!

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Fork in the Road: Who’s Behind the Push for New Orleans Food Trucks?

Fork in the Road: Who’s Behind the Push for New Orleans Food Trucks? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Lately there's been a bunch of hype about reforming and rewriting New Orleans' laws regulating food trucks. In February, City Council President Stacy Head twice proposed major deregulatory changes to
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This is a harsh story about the prevalent trend of mega-corporations shouldering into the food truck business in big cities. Unfortunately you'll have to read all the way to the bottom to see there are also many legitimate small-time food truckers out there doing great work for communities.

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Reducing Food Waste by Accepting “Wonky” Vegetables

Reducing Food Waste by Accepting “Wonky” Vegetables | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Supermarkets are wasting huge amounts of food by refusing to sell aesthetically imperfect produce. How can we resolve this?
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Is Organic Food A Hoax?

Is Organic Food A Hoax? | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The popularity of organic foods has surged in recent years as consumers seek to avoid synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in modern farming.
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O.K., the headline is really the hoax here.  It's sort of Fox News-ish story on what makes organic foods different.  Expect no epiphanies. 

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At Brew, Success Trickles Down : News : The Ticker

At Brew, Success Trickles Down : News : The Ticker | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

For Melissa and Sean Kickbush, brewing a strong pot of joe has become more than a morning routine: it's become a career, and now their success is creating a bit of a local economic wave.

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This is a great article about the power of local economy in real-life. Thanks to Melissa and Sean at Brew for creating such a great place.  I must admit to using it as my "third place" a lot.  In fact, my colleagues at MLUI often use it as our alternate conference room for meetings.  Cheers too to Beth Milligan for covering the story.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:04 AM

This is a great article about the power of local economy in real-life. Thanks to Melissa and Sean at Brew for creating such a great place.  I must admit to using it as my "third place" a lot.  In fact, my colleagues at MLUI often use it as our alternate conference room for meetings.  Cheers too to Beth Milligan for covering the story.

Michelle Hazard's curator insight, March 24, 2013 12:55 PM

Network Traverse City was there before they opened to lend a hand in social media :)

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Vote for Best Food Truck in the Sacramento Area - KCRA 3 A-List

Vote for Best Food Truck in the Sacramento Area - KCRA 3 A-List | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
32 nominees for Best Food Truck in the Sacramento, CA area. Vote for businesses like Mama Kim On the Go!, Tres Hermanos Taco Truck, Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, Local Kine Shave Ice... (Have you voted for your favorite FOOD truck from Sacramento?
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So Sacramento has a problem with food trucks.  Seems they've got so many they actually have to pick a "best-of" from 32 nominees.  Would it were that my home town had this problem.

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The Food-Truck Business Stinks

The Food-Truck Business Stinks | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Why lukewarm hot dogs still rule the streets of New York City.
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And right on the heels of the news from Traverse City this morning, here's a NY Times article warning food truck operators that they may in fact be doomed anyway.

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Food Trucks Approved; Five Heading Downtown : News : The Ticker

Food Trucks Approved; Five Heading Downtown : News : The Ticker | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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At long last the debate is over... at least for now.  We'll see how this goes. I hope there will be a lot of lessons learned on both sides, so that the next time we come to this juncture there is a bit more sanity.

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Risk to farming not understood - Local Businesses - Brechin Advertiser

Risk to farming not understood - Local Businesses - Brechin Advertiser | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Concerns about the effect the plans to end direct payments out of the Common Agricultural Policy can have on Scottish farming, has seen the Scotland Office come under fire.
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This from our friends across the pond in Scotland. Think of it as their own version of our Farm Bill problems.

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Big announcements at Farm Summit

Big announcements at Farm Summit | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, though, through the relentless and often creative efforts of organizations and entrepreneurs, a now burgeoning food and farming sector is evident at every turn.
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This is a story I penned, which originally appeared in the Traverse City Business News, April 2013 edition. It's a review of the 2013 Food & Farm Summit in Traverse City.

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Chicago fast-food and retail workers begin mass walkout | The Raw Story

Chicago fast-food and retail workers begin mass walkout | The Raw Story | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
RT @laurapcd1: Chicago fast-food and retail workers begin mass walkout | The Raw Story http://t.co/1nPWzdbQ6n
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Fast-food slows down in Chicago.  Love the red garbage bag uniforms. Go team!

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Bringing local food to schools: a hard nut to crack - The Connecticut Mirror

Bringing local food to schools: a hard nut to crack - The Connecticut Mirror | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Bringing local food to schools: a hard nut to crack
The Connecticut Mirror
But there's one thing almost none of this food is: local.
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Certainly a story we know all too well.  Though here in NW Michigan we're beginning to have a real impact.  My colleague, Diane Conners and our two Food Corps workers, Kirsten and Daniel, are taking the farm to school concept to a new place.  Let us know if you're interested in getting local food into your child's school.

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Food News: Tom Colicchio Goes To Washington; Superbugs In Meat

Food News: Tom Colicchio Goes To Washington; Superbugs In Meat | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
From superbugs in meat to undercover animal abuse bills to farm labor advocacy the week brought both alarm and reform. But hey, there's a gif from the Atlantic maps out America’s growing obesity probl (Yeah, this.
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Look closely at the issues surrounding meat as food.  "A government report published in February, which has gained recent attention thanks to EWG, found a disconcertingly large presence of “superbugs” in the meat sold in U.S. supermarkets.  Another reason for communities to take action in creating their own local sources of proteins. Who grows and processes the meat you consume?  Do you know?

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'We've Never Had A Stress Factor Like This'

'We've Never Had A Stress Factor Like This' | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.
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Colony collapse disorder is still a huge threat to bees and beekeeping.

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Is Cheese the New Microbrew? : News : The Ticker

Is Cheese the New Microbrew? : News : The Ticker | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it

A few short years ago, nobody knew what a microbrew was. These days, you can’t swing a growler in the Grand Traverse region without hitting a microbrewery. So what’s the next food trend going to be? Judging from the attention it has been getting lately, we’re thinking cheese.

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Sue Kurta makes righteous cheeses.  But what's especially cool about her is the palpable passion she holds for the ancient craft of cheese-making. If you see her selling her wares, do yourself a favor and stop by.  After she regales you with the stories of the magical qualities of milk and rennet, she'll close the deal with a taste of something mouth-watering. Thanks to the Ticker for this story.

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Russians Proving That Small-Scale, Organic Gardening Can Feed the World | Reclaim, Grow, Sustain

Russians Proving That Small-Scale, Organic Gardening Can Feed the World | Reclaim, Grow, Sustain | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Thanks to friend and MLUI board member Chip Hoagland for this one.  Who'da thunk the Russians would have it all over the US in organic solutions?  

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Diane's Dish on... Apples | The Daily Meal

Diane's Dish on... Apples | The Daily Meal | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Diane Henderiks, nutritionist and personal chef, talks about apples
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My wife obsesses on apples.  This story gives you a few reasons why she's right to do it.

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Best Day to Buy Groceries for a Bargain -- Savings Experiment - DailyFinance

Best Day to Buy Groceries for a Bargain -- Savings Experiment - DailyFinance | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
The Savings Experiment discusses the best day and time to go grocery shopping in order to get the lowest prices.
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Hey food purchasers out there.  Not sure if this'll work in our specialized world of local food but take a peek at this little life-hack.  Shop for your groceries on Wednesdays and save.  This is right up there with the airline booking factoid of always purchasing tickets on Tuesdays.  Who can keep up?

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