1 How Good Is Your Food? These Two Brothers Are Reshaping Sustainable Food, Starting In Aisle One| Forbes
Excerpt: Picture yourself in the grocery store, wheeling a cart along a linoleum grid divided by walls of mainstream food products.
Excerpt: You could expect the worst at the Sustainable Foods Institute, the media-oriented counterpart to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s consumer Cooking for Solutions program: drought, climate change, pollution, endangered species, antibiotic-resistance.
by Julianne Tveten
On the USDA website, a search tool allows users to search for locations that accept payments via electronic benefits transfer (EBT)–more colloquially known as food stamps. Type in any area in the U.S. — whether Salem, Fargo, or New York City–and you’re likely to find at least ten drugstores, supermarkets, delis, or convenience stores nearby that accept payment through EBT.
One type of food resource, however, is largely missing from the results: farmers’ markets.
According to the USDA, an estimated 70 to 75 percent of farmers’ markets throughout the country weren’t accepting EBT as of 2014. It’s a notable gap–and one that a team of researchers in Illinois seeks to bring to light.
by Rose Egelhoff
Something’s growing atop D.C. restaurant Oyamel. Seedlings poke young leaves out of four inches of soil. The new green roof, which opened in May, is part of Up Top Acres, a network of rooftop farms.
Up Top Acres, founded by Kathleen O’Keefe, Kristof Grina and Jeffrey Prost-Greene, installs and farms green roofs around the city. They hope to partner with D.C. restaurants to offer fresh, local produce. At the same time, their green roofs provide energy savings and stormwater retention for the buildings where they are located, and the farms can be community centers for education and events.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) in Peninsula, Ohio, has nine homesteaders who reside on the Park’s land.
The CVNP has housed a non-profit farm conservancy since 1999, and recently, the conservancy opened up its program to new farmers once again.
The Initiative is inviting aspiring homesteaders and farmers from across the United States to apply to reside on the land’s two new vacant plots.
“The Countryside Initiative was first conceptualized by former CVNP superintendent, Jon Debo,” Tracy Emrick, partnership manager of the Countryside Conservancy, says.
by Rose Egelhoff
The spread is irresistible. A bevy of Los Angeles star chefs has been cooking all day, using grains and produce fresh from Weiser Family Farms. A Santa Barbara winemaker portions pours small glasses of a bright, sweet white wine to accompany appetizers. Sixty-two guests mill around the barn and a long, white-clothed table, framed by rows of apple trees, has been set for dinner.
Excerpt: Fifty-three acres of farmland and oak tree savannah in the Loess Hills will be farmed sustainably as part of an agreement between an area landowner and a budding nonprofit organization.
Even though raising chickens is legal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, city residents who want to own these birds have had to deal with cumbersome regulations. But thanks to a new proposed ordinance, this may change.
The previous law, passed in 2011, required Pittsburghers to fork over $340 and undergo a hearing process lasting for several months. Hence, only 13 people in the city have successfully applied for a chicken-raising permit.
Yet many chickens call Pittsburgh home but fly under the radar, according to Shelly Danko+Day, an open space specialist with the City of Pittsburgh.
A vast tide of fruits and vegetables continually flows up from origins in Mexico to the United States through the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. And an astounding percentage of this produce ends up in landfills before even hitting the market.
Thanks to an award-winning film, Man in the Maze, the immense and costly problem of food waste in southern Arizona is being brought to light.
Man in the Maze, produced by Greener Media, a New York City-based enterprise committed to social change, tells the story of food waste and how it impacts the borderlands region in southern Arizona.
Los Angeles, known for its extensive freeway system and broad boulevards, fast food, car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture.
When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took office, he created a Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and appointed Matt Petersen as the city’s first chief sustainability officer. Now, Los Angeles has a comprehensive sustainability pLAn. Many factors, including water conservation, livable neighborhoods and waste management, naturally intersect with food and agriculture objectives.
Christina Traeger is accustomed to hard work. After all, she runs a cattle ranch.
Traeger has to be tough to survive
on her own and make certain her farm animals are happy and healthy. While she has faced a lot of hardships over the years, she’s quite content with her decision to become — and stay — a female rancher in Minnesota.
Traeger grew up on a dairy farm about a half-mile down the road from Rolling Hills Traeger Ranch in Avon, Minnesota. Rolling Hills was first owned and operated by her great uncle, but after he was injured in an accident, she bought the ranch and started looking for a breed of cattle to tend.