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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

September 19, 2014 |

seedstockIndia’s ‘Climate Smart’ Villages Target Sustainable Agriculture

Excerpt: “A prosperous farming region known as India’s bread basket, Haryana state is now home to 26 “climate smart villages,” all of which are part of an initiative led by the research consortium, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in India.”

Source: Voice of America

Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture

Excerpt: Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means. While farmers see it as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects. This is one of the main findings revealed in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study.

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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

September 13, 2014 |

seedstockLong-Awaited New Series ‘Food Forward’ Makes Its Debut on PBS  

Excerpt: “A 13-episode series examining our food system called Food Forward, premiering on PBS stations across the country and streaming on beginning this week.”

Source: Civil Eats

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Women in Food: Journalist Jane Black Looks for ‘Solutions’

September 9, 2014 |

This piece is the part of a Seedstock series profiling women who are leading change in sustainable agriculture and local food. Read more profiles here.

Photo courtesy of Jane Black

Photo courtesy of Jane Black

As writer of the Smarter Food column for the Washington Post, among many other outlets, Jane Black has been a prolific journalist on topics of food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She has made it her career to broaden the discussion around the creation of a more sustainable food system, by taking culture and scale into consideration. Seedstock recently had the opportunity to speak with Jane to discuss her career so far, the path she took to get there, and what’s next in the pipeline for her career. 

“The idea for the Smarter Food column really came from my reporting,” Jane explains, “I wanted to look at what was not getting a lot of coverage; the nitty gritty stuff that needs to happen to make real change.”  Read More

This Week in Sustainable Ag: Seedstock’s Weekly News Roundup

September 6, 2014 |

seedstockThe Food Gap Is Widening

Excerpt: “Diet quality has improved among people of high socioeconomic status but deteriorated among those at the other end of the spectrum. The gap between the two groups doubled between 2000 and 2010. That will be costly for everyone.”

Source: The Atlantic Read More

This Week in Sustainable Ag: Seedstock’s Weekly News Roundup

August 22, 2014 |

seedstockDo You Know Which Politicians Benefit From Your Grocery Dollars?

Shop according to your political persuasion with this new app based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Sunlight Foundation and the Institute for State Money in Politics

Source: Washington Post

Sustainable agriculture is a gold mine for rural entrepreneurs

A new National Wildlife Federation highlights business opportunities for rural entrepreneurs growing cover crops.

Source: The Prairie Star Ag Weekly Read More

Tour de Fresh Initiative Seeks to Raise Funds for 40 New Salad Bars to School Districts Across US

August 18, 2014 |

CG-Tour-de-Fresh-Logo-CMYK-Transparent-4Press Release – IRVING, TX (August 18, 2014) – Tour de Fresh, the first collaborative event to bring together leading fresh produce brands, industry influencers and their bicycles, is ‘gearing up’ their fundraising efforts in support of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSBTS) campaign.

“Our goal is to raise $120,000 which would allow us to purchase 40 new salad bars in school districts across the U.S.,” said Brock Nemecek, event organizer and rider. “We believe that healthy eating opportunities should be available to all of our school kids and will directly confront the childhood obesity epidemic. And what better way to support school kids and salad bars than by pedaling our way down the California coast?”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there 38+ million children in U.S. schools, of which 17 percent (or 12.5 million) are obese. Childhood obesity among our youth has nearly tripled since 1980. Read More