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Wash. becomes battleground for soda industry 7.10.2010 Seattle Times: Local
Washington state consumers started paying more for soda, candy and gum this year amid a nationwide push to impose higher taxes on sugary foods. But the soft drink industry is fighting back.
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Food Justice and Food Trucks 7.10.2010 UEPI News & Commentary
As they spread from the East Side to neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles – and increasingly across the country – food trucks have emerged as the latest example of the new forms of food access, a key food justice issue. Giulia Pascuito and Mark Vallianatos of UEPI have argued that while some food trucks serve less [...]
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Detroit Grows Its Own Good News Story 6.10.2010 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Finding himself unemployed and living back in the blighted neighbourhood that he had grown up in, Mark Covington decided to improve things by turning vacant lots into vegetables plots. Not only did the work improve the look of Georgia Street it also started to change local people's lives: reasserting community pride and helping people have healthier diets in a city where fresh food is unforgivably scarce.

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In search of black and Latino farmers in the sustainable food movement 6.10.2010 Grist Magazine
by Natasha Bowens. I’m stuck on this concept of blending contrasts. It may have to do with being the only brown girl I know interested in farming (although this really shouldn’t be a contrast at all); or maybe it has to do with going from D.C. political advocate to farmer-girl overnight. Either way, blending things that aren’t expected to go together is my thing, always has been. After all, I’m a girl born of blended love: young hazel-eyed Catholic girl from Texas meets aspiring Black Panther from the dirty South. Their eyes lock in a club in L.A.The rest is history— out pops me. I was always blending contrasts throughout my childhood without knowing it. I was just being myself. I was the tomboy that dreamed of romance; the shy girl that loved the theatre spotlight; the only girl of color for miles that not only listened to country music, but danced to it. And nothing’s changed. Now I’m the advertising grad that despises consumerism; the advocate ...
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Trio of events in Steamboat focus on homegrown food 6.10.2010 Steamboat Pilot
Even if there isn’t an economic collapse, or even if the local grocery stores don’t run out of food, there are many reasons why a self-sustaining economy in Steamboat Springs is desirable, Transition Steamboat organizer Paul Potyen said. The group, along with Deep Roots, will host a series of events at the end of the week to promote economic and ecologically sustainable cultures in Steamboat.
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3 people charged with food-stamp fraud in Chinatown International District 6.10.2010 Seattle Times: Local
Three people, including the owner of a grocery store, have been charged with alleged food-stamp fraud in connection with a two-year undercover investigation that federal officials say could involve millions in fraudulent transactions.
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3 in Seattle accused of trafficking food stamps 6.10.2010 Seattle Times: Top stories
Federal authorities and Seattle police have arrested three people and raided two grocery stores as part of what they describe as an undercover investigation into food stamp trafficking.
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Restaurant Review: Marc Forgione 6.10.2010 NYT: Home Page
In TriBeCa, a neighborhood spot that is rustic and urban at once, glittering with candlelight and the promise of a third date going well.

Detroit Grows its Own Good News Story 6.10.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Paul Harris

It is all too rare that a piece of journalism makes a difference. But the exceptions – when they come – make everything worthwhile.

That is certainly the case with my experience of reporting on the amazing work of Mark Covington and the Georgia Street Community Collective as they seek to change the decaying face of Detroit through urban farming.

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In Kenya, Farmers Grow Their Own Way 6.10.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Heather Day, Travis English

We had just been visiting farmers cultivating land in the lush, steep hills north of the town of Thika in central Kenya. Samuel Nderitu, our guide and host, had one more project he wanted us to see: the Tumaini Women’s Group. They were meeting to found their community's first seed bank.

We were now in an area that has suffered from six years of drought and has a high concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS, both compounding the area’s struggles with hunger.

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Los Angeles Announces a Sweeping Local Food Policy 6.10.2010 GOOD
Name a fruit, vegetable or nut that you've eaten recently. Chances are you could find it being grown right now in the 200-mile radius around Los Angeles. Yet Los Angeles is also home to one of the largest food deserts in the nation, where the proliferation of processed and fast food prevents much of that local bounty from reaching its increasingly malnourished and obese residents. That's one of the major concerns raised by a new report, "Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles," which makes over 50 recommendations for the city's brand-new food policy. "This is a way to create a more robust regional food system and increase local food consumption in urban areas," says Paula Daniels, a commissioner for L.A.'s Board of Public Works, who helped establish the task force that assembled the report a year ago. You can read the report in its entirety at the Good Food Los Angeles site or hear the highlights at a Wednesday night ...
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Would a Walmart solve West Oakland’s and Nashville’s food problems? 5.10.2010 Gristmill
by Stephanie Ogburn. Talk with healthy-food advocates in urban centers across the country, and frequently, you’ll hear the same story. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, this city was full of grocery stores. Then came urban renewal/an economic downturn/a mass exodus of the wealthy and, one by one, the groceries closed up and moved to the outskirts of the city. Since then, there have been Safeways/Krogers/Publix that have set up shop here and there, but they all end up leaving. Now we have 100 liquor stores for 25,000 people in this part of town, and the closest these stores come to selling fruit is the Arbor Mists in the drink cooler. Thus, the United States has ended up with so-called “food deserts,” low-income enclaves that lack easy access to grocery stores selling healthy food and fresh produce. It’s not only the biggest cities that have lost their grocery stores. While it’s hard to find a good grocer in parts of Atlanta and New York ...
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Agriculture must be a priority for Haiti reconstruction efforts 5.10.2010 Oxfam International RSS main feed
In a new report released today, international agency Oxfam called for a radical shift to prioritize agricultural investment in plans to rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. Oxfam calls for shift in international trade policies to help Haiti rebuild itself In a new report released today, international agency Oxfam called for a radical shift to prioritize agricultural investment in plans to rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. The agency also urged international donors to generously fund the Haitian government’s $772 million agriculture plan and abandon trade policies such as dumping highly subsidized rice and placing barriers on Haitian exports. Philippe Mathieu, Oxfam Country Director in Haiti, said: “Harrowing images of collapsed homes, hospitals, and buildings, showed how badly the capital city and towns were hit by the earthquake. But the pictures didn’t show the devastating effect on the countryside where the majority of ...
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Vail Police Department's annual food drive under way 5.10.2010 Vail Colorado: Editorials
VAIL, Colorado - The Vail Police Department's 10th annual Make a Difference Day Food Drive is under way. The Make a Difference Day event on Oct. 23 is observed in many communities across the U.S. While other communities might choose to improve a family's home, feed the homeless in a big city or work at a nonprofit organization's facility, Vail Code Enforcement Officer Moses Gonzales had a different idea. Gonzales started the food drive a decade ago when he realized there was an unmet need for the less fortunate in Eagle County. Last year over 300,000 pounds of food was collected. The goal this year is to collect 400,000 by Oct. 23. Eagle County schools will be collecting food the week of Oct. 18, followed by a collection at participating grocery stores on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers from public safety agencies throughout Eagle County will be assisting in the effort. Food collection points are currently in place at City Market in Vail and the Town of Vail Municipal ...
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Haiti Food Aid Hurting Local Farmers - Report 5.10.2010 International Herald Tribune: Americas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive influx of free foreign food to Haiti after January's earthquake helped feed many displaced people, but undercut Haitian agriculture and hurt farmers' incomes, Oxfam International said Monday.

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Agri-porn! A Video Tour of Stone Barns Farm 5.10.2010 GOOD
The bulbous beets! The quirky turkeys! You may have seen a farm before, but you've never seen farming like this. Take this video tour of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture , an 80-acre farm, educational center, and restaurant in Pocantico Hills, New York. The film, made by Local Projects , shows an idyllic view of agriculture that makes sustainable farming look sexy. Seriously, I think a shot of a carrot being slowly extracted from the earth is rated PG-13. Only 25 minutes north of New York City, Stone Barns is located within 30 miles of 30 million people, making it uniquely poised to feed and educate a large local population. A mentorship program educates local workers in food production and preparation, which can bolster the economy. And for schoolchildren who travel there from urban areas, it's possibly the first time they've ever seen where their food comes from. In fact, it's that attachment to a specific location like Stone Barns that helps cement healthy food ...
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Gulf seafood safety and the government’s response 5.10.2010 EcoTone
Gulf seafood safety and the government’s response
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Panel seeks to use L.A.'s abundance of fresh food in fight against childhood obesity 4.10.2010 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
Panel seeks to use L.A.'s abundance of fresh food in fight against childhood obesity
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Well-heeled stray's capture unleashes range of emotions 4.10.2010 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Well-heeled stray's capture unleashes range of emotions
Well-heeled stray's capture unleashes range of emotions 4.10.2010 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Well-heeled stray's capture unleashes range of emotions
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