Blog posts: "Issues"

"Past Sell Date" Food to be Prepared, Offered at Discount

September 25, 2013

"Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe's, is determined to repurpose the perfectly edible produce slightly past its sell-by date that ends up in the trash. (That happens in part because people misinterpret the labels, according to a report out this week from Harvard and the National Resou…

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Nine Day Strike Wins Farmers Positive Talks in Colombia

August 27, 2013

Diary farmers, along with potato, onion, rice and coffee growers and truck drivers,  and their supporters, blocked roads, and disrupted towns across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated. Finally, the country's president John Manuel Santos  has agreed to talk.

According to the…

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Yes on 552: WA State on GMO Labeling; CT Measure Passed June 1

August 12, 2013

The vote is coming up in November, and activists in WA are preparing. A similar bill failed passage in California--but barely---after corporate entities in opposition spent about $45 million to stop it.

Read more about Yes right here.

On June 1, the Connecticut Senate passed a compromise labelin…

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MaryJane Farmers in CA Wreak Havoc on Wildlife

July 27, 2013

Via Yahoo News: "...several California wildlife researchers reported that pot farms are wreaking havoc on wildlife ranging from endangered salmon to black bears..."  "...grow ops near just one small tributary of the Eel River were siphoning up to 18 million gallons of water from the river’s water…

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Ben& Jerry's: Heading to Zero GMO's

May 30, 2013

The alternative ice cream company established in Vermont is well on its way to producing a product free of any GMO ingredients.

According to a piece in The Organic and Non-GMO Report, "Eighty percent of the ingredients used in Ben & Jerry’s products are non-GMO, and 26 ice cream flavors are fully…

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Church Acreage Once Provided People Actual Food

April 25, 2013

Trinity Church, in lower Manhattan, first established in 1697, now calls its 1846 building home. According to a story in the NYTimes, "The Episcopal parish, known as Trinity Wall Street, traces its holdings to a gift of 215 acres of prime Manhattan farmland donated in 1705 by Queen Anne of England. …

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Pressure Cooker Terror

April 17, 2013

My parents used an archaic version of the pressure cooker back in the day, primarily to cook spuds for mashed potatoes. As kids, we were wary of the thing--steam shooting from the hole in the top, making a wild whistle, an adult wrestling the beast open with difficulty.

But mashies were the payof…

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Pizza Soothes Travelers on the Tarmac

March 24, 2013

After three hours on the runway, Delta had Pizza Hut deliver pizzas to its less-than-delighted Knoxville passengers....More here.

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And Hold the Gluten!

March 11, 2013

Even Americans who do NOT suffer from celiac issues are saying no to gluten, or at least trying it out.

According to an NPR report report, "Right now 29 percent of the adult population says, 'I'd like to cut back or avoid gluten completely.' "

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Know Your Fish

February 21, 2013

These fish clearly are trout, courtesy The Fish Times

"...As much as one-third of seafood sold in restaurants and groceries is fraudulently labeled, according to a report the advocacy group Oceana released Thursday. The group sampled 674 retail outlets in the District and 20 states between 2010 a…

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Mayor Bloomberg, Food Issue Hero

February 19, 2013

His honor will not only seek to ban styrofoam food containers in the city of New York, but will also take steps to limit food waste across the five boroughs.

"...we'll also tackle New York City's final recycling frontier:food waste. We bury 1.2 million tons of food waste in landfills every year a…

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Food for 8 Billion: Year-Long Marketplace Report

January 24, 2012

Too many people, continuing imports of rice to meet growing need, lack of family planning gear available to the poor, heavy influence of the Church, a search for solutions in the Philippines. View/listen to part of the series here.

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