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The good food news of 2011 23.12.2011 Grist Magazine
by Twilight Greenaway. 2011 was a big year for food politics. In case you dozed off anywhere along the way, I’ve collected the year’s most stories important below. (Want something lighter? See my Sustainable Food Trends story from last week. Want something heavier? Stay tuned for the bad food news, coming soon.) 1. Urban farming is flourishing. While the renewed interest in growing food within city limits is nothing new, 2011 was the year urban farming went legit. Despite several low points involving criminal charges for gardeners in Michigan and Tennessee (charges were dropped in both cases after word spread around the internet and people from across the country petitioned lawmakers), the year was full of highlights. In San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago , San Diego , and Baltimore , city officials changed local laws to make it easier to farm. Meanwhile, New Yorkers celebrated the first year of legal beekeeping . And creative, scrappy projects like the Boston Tree Party and ...
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Local catering company closed over contamination fears 23.12.2011 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Local catering company closed over contamination fears
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Dining with Dara: Best local food books 23.12.2011 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota Monthly's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's top picks for local food books include the history of Twin Cities prohibition and a helpful guide to how to use local fare in traditional cuisine.
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Another Frugal Feast: more good friends & good food for $5 a head! 22.12.2011 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sasha Lyutse, Policy Analyst, New York: I wrote last month about how my friends and I decided to take up Slow Food USA’s $5 Dinner Challenge. Once a month, we’d gather for a home-cooked dinner that was well-balanced, including a protein, dark leafy green and a...
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Marcus Samuelsson: How Food Politics Can Affect Your Election Choices 22.12.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Food accessibility, costs, and subsidies will come into sharp focus as Congress looks to cut at least $23 billion in subsidies in the 2012 Farm Bill. While cuts are crucial to stem the growing deficit, many will only hurt the population and can threaten the economy in the long run.
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Rebecca Solnit: Compassion Is Our New Currency 22.12.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Perhaps the greatest gift that Occupy Wall Street and the other movements of 2011 have given us is a sharpening of our perceptions -- and our conflicts. One thing couldn't be clearer: compassion is our new currency.
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Compassion Is Our New Currency (The Nation) 22.12.2011 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
The Nation - The Nation -- This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.
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Restaurant news: A sign of the times reads 'Closed' for places in both St. Paul and Minneapolis 22.12.2011 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

While they never created a buzz like some restaurants, it's still sad to note the recent passing of two St. Paul spots and another in Minneapolis.

Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds 22.12.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Rebecca Solnit

Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed -- and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered. People in thousands of communities across the United States and elsewhere are living in public, experimenting with direct democracy, calling things by their true names, and obliging the media and politicians to do the same.

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Replacing what was stolen - in abundance 22.12.2011 Star Tribune: Local
Days after food shelf donations were stolen, scores help church restock shelves and restore faith.
Deadly Philippine Floods Trigger 'State of Calamity' Declaration 22.12.2011 ENS
Deadly Philippine Floods Trigger 'State of Calamity' Declaration
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Who Gives The Long-Term Jobless A Helping Hand? 22.12.2011 NPR: All Things Considered
More than 40 percent of the long-term unemployed say they've received a lot of help from family and friends, while only 1 in 10 reports getting much help from churches or community groups, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But these groups say they're in high demand.
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One Billion Holiday Wishes for the World's Forgotten 21.12.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The holidays are a time for putting others before ourselves. And with the recent news that the world's population has surpassed 7 billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty. And 1 billion people----many of them children----have micronutrient deficiencies, decreasing their ability to learn and to live productive lives.

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International Food Aid Now Sourcing More Local Ingredients 21.12.2011 TreeHugger
Companies and organizations are trying to use more locally-sourced ingredients, and employ more local people, when manufacturing food aid products.
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The Forgotten 1 Billion 21.12.2011 Worldwatch Institute
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Washington, D.C. —The holidays are a time for putting others before ourselves. And with the recent news that the world"s population has surpassed 7 billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly 1 billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are illiterate, making it hard for them to earn a living or move out of poverty. And 1 billion people—many of them children—have micronutrient deficiencies, decreasing their ability to learn and to live productive lives. "As our global community continues to grow, so does the need to consider—and act on—the challenges we all face," says Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute. "Far too many women, children and men are living with less than they need and deserve." Fortunately, there are thousands of organizations working tirelessly in communities at home and abroad to fix these ...
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Gallegos helping Salvation Army food banks 21.12.2011 Vail Colorado: Our World
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado - In an effort to help local families when need can be the greatest, the Gallegos Corporation is donating to the Salvation Army of Vail Valley's food banks. "Part of our mission is to conti ...
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Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies: latkes, you'll eat! 21.12.2011 Seattle Times: Top stories
I moved to Seattle in 1988, and still recall that whenever I needed a taste of "home"-- chicken soup with matzoh balls, a plate of blintzes -- I'd frequent the deli-restaurant Matzoh Momma, late of Capitol Hill. The name lives on as Matzoh Momma Catering, with owners Pip and Miriam Meyerson presiding. From mitzvahs to mourning, feeding the needs of the community is all part of their "Jewish-lifecycle business," as they define it.
Brentwood Regional Chest still going strong 50 years after starting Christmas program 21.12.2011 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
With volunteers help, 550 families receive food and gifts this year
Community Helps North Minneapolis Food Shelf 21.12.2011 WCCO: Local News
Food ShelfThe Camden Promise Food Shelf in North Minneapolis is struggling for food to fill their shelves after volunteers say one of their own stole nearly 1,500 pounds of food.
Liz Neumark: Worth the Drive! 20.12.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I have visited this farmers market on several occasions, but this was my first time indoors. It is a vibrant community of vegetable, dairy, meat and honey producers, with a smattering of baked goods and crafts.
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