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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.

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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

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

August 8, 2014 |

seedstockTen Young People Changing the Food System

From urban farming to vegan foods, meet the future of food entrepreneurship.

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

August 1, 2014 |

seedstockCargill Adopts a More Sustainable Palm Oil Policy

Source: TriplePundit

The $137-billion Cargill corporation recently adopted a sustainable palm oil policy with three components: developing a traceable, zero-deforestation supply chain, no future cultivation in carbon-absorbing peat soils, and avoiding sourcing in areas of indigenous person exploitation. Read More

Urban Farm Incubator Redefines ‘Roots’ in Memphis, Tennessee

June 12, 2014 |
Photo credit: Jennifer Sudbury

Photo credit: Jennifer Sudbury

Bring up “roots” in Memphis, and you could be referring to the blend of bluegrass and gospel music for which the region is famous. In this case, however, Roots Memphis is an urban farm incubator located literally just around the corner from Graceland, Elvis Presley’s stately former residence. The Roots operation is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, and now includes three farms (one at the original site, two at other locations nearby), an agricultural training program for young farmers, and a for-profit CSA open to the community.

Mary Phillips is co-director, along with Wes Riddle. A former resident of Memphis, she returned in 2008 for a short time, not imagining that she would establish a home—much less a farm—in the city.

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Iowa Food Hub Makes Choosing Local Food Easy for Consumers

June 11, 2014 |
Image courtesy of Iowa Food Hub

Image courtesy of Iowa Food Hub

It’s getting easier to buy food grown in northeast Iowa, thanks to a regional food hub,.

For small to mid-sized farming operations, associating with a regional food hub can mean selling more crops, reaching more markets, and earning more money to reinvest in the farm. Associating with a food hub also means that more food can be distributed to markets nearby, a boon for the regional economy. Food hubs help farmers aggregate, market, and distribute their goods, jobs that growers may not have time or money to do themselves. Read More