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A Crowdfunded Farm Brings Traditional Mexican Flavors to New York - Lifestyle - GOOD

A Crowdfunded Farm Brings Traditional Mexican Flavors to New York - Lifestyle - GOOD | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Staten Island's El Poblano Farm, and its epazote and popalo, aim to bring the Big Apple out of the Mexican food backwaters.
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Pesticides and Children: Why Kids and Expectant Mothers Are Urged to Eat Organic

Pesticides and Children: Why Kids and Expectant Mothers Are Urged to Eat Organic | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Studies investigating pesticides and children’s health found that chemicals such as chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D and permethrins are linked to increased risk of brain damage, cancer and other serious conditions.

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Every country must cut emissions to avoid hunger: Oxfam

A UK-based international development agency says every country must be part of the global effort to keep climate change under control, but that it ...

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  held a recent meeting in Japan and have changed their prediction from a 2 degree temperature rise to anticipating even higher temperature increases.  Oxfam insist wealthy countries need to cut emissions in order to prevent imminent climate change escalation beyond the expected 2 degrees. The biggest challenge is that wealthy nations are creating hunger for poorer nations. 

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What lies beneath

What lies beneath | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Environmental activist Vandana Shiva says the real motives behind GMOs are the patents and royalties that come with it

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Tomatoes From Seed to Plate | OBDM

Tomatoes From Seed to Plate | OBDM | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
We will be taking you through the exciting life journey of tomatoe plant. Anybody who gardens has got to get excited about watching the first sprouts poke through the soil and slowly uncurl into baby tomato plants.
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sprout your own tomato seedlings

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Edible Schoolyard Garden Jobs | The Edible Schoolyard Project

Edible Schoolyard Garden Jobs | The Edible Schoolyard Project | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
In the Garden Program at the Edible Schoolyard, we emphasize four main skills as the foundation for maintaining a healthy garden but incorporate jobs into every garden class that appeal to the diverse interests and energy levels of our students.

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This article provides insight into what type of jobs children can partake in during the garden classroom time.

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Seed to Plate: Edible Gardens in Small Spaces - Green Villages Sydney

Seed to Plate: Edible Gardens in Small Spaces - Green Villages Sydney | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Discover how you can start a thriving edible garden on your balcony or terrace in this FREE workshop.
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Labor Abuses Common in Palm Oil Industry

Labor Abuses Common in Palm Oil Industry | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
RT @RAN: Deep dive on child and forced labor on #palmoil plantations via @earthislandjrnl and @RAN's @LaurelSutherlin http://t.co/2GwO8iZxPn
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Fonio: the grain that would defeat quinoa as king among foodies

Fonio: the grain that would defeat quinoa as king among foodies | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
A Senegalese restaurateur and former Iron Chef contestant wants to bring the West African grain to American consumers

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Fonio a cross between millet and quinoa, from West Africa. 

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The EU and Food Sustainability: Where Do We Go Now? | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food.

The EU and Food Sustainability: Where Do We Go Now? | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food. | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people‚ where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food...
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Stephanie Alexander cooks in Sunshine North

Stephanie Alexander cooks in Sunshine North | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
SUNSHINE North students have had some extra help in the garden from renowned cook Stephanie Alexander.
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Hyperlocavore - A yard sharing community

Hyperlocavore - A yard sharing community | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Need help in your vegetable patch? No dirt to dig in? On a long wait list for a community garden? Garden sharing works! It's FREE! Join NOW!
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Kitchen Garden Project | | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
An uninspiring little patch of Simon Balle School has been transformed into a glorious kitchen garden by some of our Year 11 pupils. A tiny courtyard area outside the Art rooms and the Food Technology area was screaming ...
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Fizzy drinks ‘should have a big health warning like cigarettes’, warns expert

Fizzy drinks ‘should have a big health warning like cigarettes’, warns expert | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
SUGAR-packed fruit juice and fizzy drinks should carry health warnings just like cigarettes and poisons, a leading expert has claimed. (Sugary drinks contribute to chronic disease, unspeakable suffering & unsustainable health care costs!

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Gosh it has taken such a long time for this message to surface. I see adults drinking soft drinks every day all day instead of water!

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Will putting a warning label of soda deter consumption? 

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Watch Food Matters For Free Plus Extended Interviews From The Film

Watch Food Matters For Free Plus Extended Interviews From The Film | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
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Watch Full Movie "Food Matters" free this week only #Superfoods #health

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7 Superfoods for Budget-Conscious Cooks

7 Superfoods for Budget-Conscious Cooks | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Check out these surprising superfoods that are as budget-friendly as they are healthy!

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I'd add that fermented cabbage in particular is helpful for populating beneficial gut flora which assists the whole body. Including the brain. 

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Introducing...the new California Farm to School Network!

Introducing...the new California Farm to School Network! | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
See our launch announcement - Introducing...the new California Farm to School Network! - http://t.co/Mkws7XQfoI
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A Typical Edible Schoolyard Garden Class | The Edible Schoolyard Project

A Typical Edible Schoolyard Garden Class | The Edible Schoolyard Project | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
A typical garden class at the Edible Schoolyard is 86 minutes (1 hour and 26 minutes) and is divided into three main parts: Opening Circle, In the Field (work time), and Closing Circle.

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Here is an example of how to structure a garden classroom - this is a template you can use when developing your garden classroom. 

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Students reap rewards of a school harvest - Coffs Coast Advocate

Students reap rewards of a school harvest - Coffs Coast Advocate | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Students reap rewards of a school harvest
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Just take a look at the novel concept of chef Stephanie Alexander that tackles childhood obesity through a healthy eating program introduced in primary schools.
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Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Joanna Blythman: Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices
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Due to Western market demand the price of quinoa is so high local Bolivians cannot afford it. Ditto Peruvian asparagus, which uses so much water the local Peruvian water reserves are dwindling.  

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The future of food

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When three continents witnessed food riots in 2007 and 2008, we saw the international food system is not as stable as it looks. There’s unprecedented competition for food due to population growth and changing diets. Experts predict that by 2050, if things don't change, we will see mass starvation across the world.

In this documentary, George Alagiah travelled the world to unravel the complicated web of links that binds the world's food together, bringing it from farm to table. It reveals a growing global food crisis that could affect the planet in the years ahead. What can we do to avert this?


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BBC doco link below regarding overconsumption on the one hand and inability to maintain the enormous variety and stocks of food that the recent food markets have enjoyed into our future. I'm a meat eater BTW. I'm not advocating everyone stop eating meat, although some do. But I do think its a worthy problem to help solve.
There will be so many solutions already being developed, how to cultivate and develop a long term plan to develop diversification of crops not reliant upon heavy oil and water production and use, that sustain populations through unpredictable climate changes with responsive agility to markets? In my mind a plan that doesn't rely on super farms, but responds to the small farmer and the local market as much as to export demand is preferable and more resilient. On that note I know the robots cometh. How to factor all of those exponential technological leaps in, to include them but not at human expense.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140206-the-future-of-food

My notes here. Earth Policy Institute Lester Brown foresees food security as the number one challenge for affluent and non affluent countries. He's been an environmental and agricultural analyst for 50 years.

Todays modern farming techniques wont feed us by 2050 unless we double productivity/yield. The finite arable land wont support this.
In addition changing weather is destined to reduce all crop yields world wide which will increase food prices.

-Richard Warburton head of Bidwells Agribusiness predicts food and water wars.

-Maasai Chief Saamy Ole Terakuai states weather has changed. He cant use his cattle for sale, for food, nor for milk, nor use their hides. Based upon Kenya, Australia in particular is at risk.

-Waitrose Farmer UK recounts volatility in grain market in part due to climate changes.
-Oil is used in intensive agriculture for fuel, fertilisers, pesticides, packaging, processing. 100g of cheese requires 140ml of oil. One tomato grown in a greenhouse uses more than a third of a litre of oil. Oil prices inflate food prices let alone affect food production.
Cuba's economy collapsed due to their reliability upon oil. A fuel shock fuels a food shock.
A very important part of this discussion documents that fuel crops (biofuels) are replacing food crops! At huge cost to locals, workers and future food security. Demonstrating that competition between fuels (cars) and food (for people) needs monitoring, especially as it is further exacerbating the divisions between rich and poor, developed and undeveloped worlds.

-Water is then tackled as a diminishing resource. Obviously essential for food production.

-Overfishing is next. World stocks of seafood could collapse by 2048. 90% of bottom fish (bottom trawls) are already gone! 80% of UK fish species are under threat. Meanwhile the market demand for fish in the UK is greater than ever, sourcing from outside including poorer countries such as Senegal, who themselves have food shortages. Senegalese are forced to share their waters with modern european fleets-Trawlers. Actionaid who monitor overfishing, observe the unlimited trawling by europeans who are profiteering from and at the expense of the Senegalese. 3/4 global fish stock are overexploited.

-Milk and meat consumption are expanding unsustainably as developing world's incomes rise. The film states that there's not enough land to produce the meat that both the developed and developing world require. 2.3kg of grain to produce 1 kilo of chicken, 15kg of grain to produce 1 kilo of beef.

 

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Austin R Stillwell's comment, March 15, 11:44 PM
{title}-The future of food.{author}- BBC.{summary}-experts predict that by 2050, if things don't change, we will see mass starvation across the world.- a growing global food crisis could affect the planet in the years ahead.-the international food system is not as stable as it looks.{opinion?}-no, this is factual.{important?}yes, if we don't change our habits we could run out.{source}-http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140206-the-future-of-food
Mason Mclaughlin's comment, March 23, 9:26 PM
<br>Title: The future of food Author: BBC Date: 2-7-14 Main Idea: We might be heading to a food crisis. Summary: There is competition for food. In the last few years there has been a food crisis. Lots of food in rich countries. Questions: Why is there not enough food? Opinions: We need to change food Importance: important we might be running out of food Sources:http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140206-the-future-of-food
Celest Ybarra's curator insight, March 29, 9:25 PM

Title: The Future of Food

Author: BBC

Main Idea: Prediction that if eating habits don't change now, there will be a mass food scarce in the future

Summary:

1) The world is constantly changing and evolving over time, and if things don't change soon then we could be in serious trouble

2) A growing global crisis means that's there's competition for food and could affect the planet years ahead

3) Since food has become a commodity in other countries it makes it hard to believe that we could possibly run out in the future

Opinion: No, its factual.

Question: Why do researchers believe this theory? How can we help change this idea?

Is this article important to science?: Yes, because it can help us figure out how to not make this come true since food is such an important factor, and key, to our survival.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140206-the-future-of-food

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A Crowdfunded Farm Brings Traditional Mexican Flavors to New York - Lifestyle - GOOD

A Crowdfunded Farm Brings Traditional Mexican Flavors to New York - Lifestyle - GOOD | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
Staten Island's El Poblano Farm, and its epazote and popalo, aim to bring the Big Apple out of the Mexican food backwaters.
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Mt. Diablo High School program focuses on healthy gardening and cooking - San Jose Mercury News

Mt.Diablo High School program focuses on healthy gardening and cooking. "I eat it all the time with thyme from the garden or savory herbs from my kitchen." Cruz and his classmates in the school's summer enrichment program are harvesting,...

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Education for Ethical Consumers – The Food Journey | Slow Food Mother City

Education for Ethical Consumers – The Food Journey | Slow Food Mother City | School Kitchen Gardens | Scoop.it
  Lecture 1: The Food Journey: what our labels tell us about our food (and what they don't) This year, SFMC is planning a series of informative (RT @RelaxWithDax: Come to Slow Food Mother City's first lecture!
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