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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 23, 2015 |


seedstock1 More locally sourced food is ending up in school cafeterias [The Atlantic]

Excerpt: Salad bars, fresh fruit, and locally grown vegetables are developing a greater presence in the cafeteria.

2 Fact Sheet: USDA invests in new market opportunities in local and regional food systems [USDA Newsroom]

Excerpt: Over the course of the Administration, USDA has created new economic opportunities in the growing market for local and regional foods for new and established farmers, ranchers and small food business entrepreneurs.                                                                      

3 One boy’s 30-day challenge to eat locally [The Boston Globe]

Excerpt: Eating seasonally has become a widespread trend in the restaurant world. For Noah Kopf, a junior at Newton South High School, it was a serious lifestyle.                                   

4  From the roof to the living room, startups tackle urban farming [PRI]

Excerpt: For a new generation of entrepreneurs, investing in the future of urban agriculture makes sense.                                            

Urban farming makes it easier to harvest crops in Charlottesville [NBC 29]

Excerpt: Many people living in the city of Charlottesville are learning how harvest crops in their own backyard as part of a movement called urban farming.                                      

Target will partner with MIT on food science projects [Fortune]

Excerpt: The retailer will work with MIT on various food science projects, including urban farming, as it looks to improve its grocery offering.                                    

To feed humankind, we need the farms of the future today [Newsweek]

Excerpt: If we keep farming like we’ve been for the past century, we’ll end up with millions starving and a planet denuded of trees.                                     

Where will our future food come from? Ask a farmer [Smithsonian]

Excerpt: Two farmers with different viewpoints talk about organic farming, GMOs and farm technology.                                     

Tour this DIY aquaponics system made from plywood and no pond liner [Tree Hugger]

Excerpt: Aquaponic systems aren’t cheap, but here’s how one homeowner built his own system using off-the-shelf parts, and without a pond liner.                                     

10 Vertical farms across the world [Newsweek]

Excerpt: With arable land becoming more and more sparse, and global populations continuing to rise, the only direction to grow our farms is up.                                      

11 Inside the nation’s largest organic vertical farm [Eco Watch]

Excerpt: Chicago isn’t usually known as a farming hub, but did you know that Windy City residents are dining on organic produce such as basil, arugula, kale and microgreens right from their backyard?                                   

12 Former drug users receive farm-fresh produce through new program [WPTZ]

Excerpt: A pilot project launched this year is connecting patients at the methadone clinic at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with farm-fresh fruits and veggies obtained through the Intervale Center’s gleaning and food rescue program.                                      

13 This California district brings tasty, local, affordable food to the cafeteria [Grist]

Excerpt: The Riverside School District does school food right.                                      

14 Majoring in Food: Colleges offering more courses, degrees  [Civil Eats]

Excerpt: As the food movement grows, the demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems is overflowing.                                      

15 Ventured: How investing in food technology can save the planet and improve human health [Tech Crunch]

Excerpt: When Ethan Brown, CEO of Beyond Meat, was on his way to meet me for the Ventured podcast, he wanted to bring plant-based jerky with him. However, his dogs ate it before he ever left the door.

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