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There’s still hope for our food system….here’s why

July 2nd, 2013

On any given day, environmental headlines can really drag you down. The latest on pesticides alone brings up a raft of bleak stories, from the spreading dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico to rampant bee die offs worldwide. Thankfully, citizen groups are pushing back, fighting GMOs, pestcides and corporate control of the food system.

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The original Farm to Fork road show

October 22nd, 2012

WASHINGTON — Farm to Table refers to a movement promoting locally grown food which has been gaining traction in recent years. But not many people know that, before the movement was launched, a touring group was bringing “table to farm” to connect consumers to where their food comes from. It’s still doing that. One culinary adventure also honors local farmers.

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Make sweet potatoes gratin, like Jennie Cooks in LA

December 3rd, 2010

We’re seeing more and more sustainable caterers out there, like Barr Mansion in Austin; and here’s someone we just discovered in Los Angeles, via a friend from Minnesota no less: Jennie Cooks.

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Lundberg Family Farms advocates for sustainable farming

November 17th, 2010

Like many farmers of their time, the Lundberg family experimented with new pesticides being hailed in the mid-20th Century as the wave of the future, the way to increase yields and tame food production.

Children gather to hunt for and rescue duck eggs left behind in rice fields at Lundberg farms.

Once, University of California at Davis researchers persuaded Wendell Lundberg and his three brothers to try a new strong new chemical on a field of rice. It proved so powerful, the crop was dead in a day.

That experience made a lasting impression, and was one of many that caused the Lundbergs to increasingly veer away from the chemical trend and return instead to their roots.

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Celebrate the American harvest with ‘Dine Out for Farms’ this October

September 29th, 2010

Red Devon restaurant, Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Over at the American Farmland Trust, they understand that the way to our hearts is through our stomachs. In their continuing effort to help Americans understand that farms produce food, and that family farms produce local, wholesome food, they’ve come up with a “Dine Out for Farms” week.

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Mediterranean diet may reduce depression

October 5th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now The Mediterranean diet or style of eating is not just for cultivating healthy arteries anymore. Now researchers say it may reduce the risk of depression. A dietary pattern of eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish and olive oil appears to help people fend off clinical [...]

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LA’s Pink Cloud Events hosts green salon to help couples go eco at the altar

August 17th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’re thinking you should have a green wedding, go local with the food, maybe order some sustainable, um, items….

Truth is, you’re not really sure what a green wedding entails. Local greens for the rehearsal dinner? Elephant poop name plates? Pistachio bridesmaid’s dresses. Argh!

You can go as far as you want, or you can go all out, says green guru Sarah Shewey, founder of Pink Cloud Events, a full-service, LA-based events company that specializes in green affairs.

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Green Goods: Strongtree coffees

June 10th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

If you love coffee, you know that it’s all about the bean. It must be fresh and properly roasted. Beyond that, the environmentally conscientious of us like to know that the coffee we drink was organically grown and responsibly managed; that workers made a fair wage and that sustainability was a consideration from planting to transporting. It’s really not too much to ask. Coffee, the world’s most popular drink and a food export item that supports tens of millions of people, has been cultivated this way for some time.

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‘Farm in a Barrel’: raise fish and grow your own organic vegetables

May 12th, 2009

By Chris Reinholds
Green Right Now

Talk about eating locally.

It doesn’t get much more local than your own backyard.

A Georgia company is selling ‘Farm in a Barrel.’ It’s a self-contained eco-system that allows homeowners to raise organic fish and vegetables at the same time. The method, called aquaponics, combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in a soil-less system.) The fish produce the nutrients to feed the plants, while the plants and bacteria clean the water for the fish.

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The First Veggie Garden

March 20th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’ve probably heard that efforts to persuade the Obamas to turn over some turf to a veggie garden have been victorious: the first family will be planting a “Victory Garden” on the South Lawn.

Technically, it won’t be a “Victory” garden per se, but will be the first food-producing garden to grace the White House compound since Eleanor Roosevelt oversaw a real Victory Garden during WWII.

Still, it’s a victory for local foodies and specifically Eat the View, the prime perpetrator of this movement to turn back the grass and turn up the turnips, which is now asking folks to thank the Obamas via a form at their website.

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