Food
A New Model For Sustainable Agriculture: Local Co-ops

A New Model For Sustainable Agriculture: Local Co-ops

Last summer, 16 Bay Area ranchers joined forces to form the Bay Area Ranchers Co-op. BAR-C, a start-up hoping to challenge the unsustainable and monopolistic corporate meatpacking industry.  

Why this matters: Changing the food industry in the U.S. will be a key to tackling the climate challenge.

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Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

A recent study demonstrated that perennial vegetables are very important in preventing and mitigating soil erosion and climate change, Virginia Gewin reported last month for Civil Eats. This category of vegetables, which grow year-round, goes beyond simply artichokes and asparagus — they studied over 600 species. And they were able to demonstrate a “full accounting of their potential to pull carbon from the atmosphere.”

Why This Matters: As the authors of the study contend, “Perennial vegetables are a neglected and underutilized class of crops with potential to address 21st-century challenges.”

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Cologne Creates a Roadmap for Becoming an ‘Edible City’

Cologne Creates a Roadmap for Becoming an ‘Edible City’

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The Food Policy Council of Cologne, Germany has “received government support for its project to make Cologne an ‘edible city,’” MOLD Magazine reported. An “edible city” revolves around, as John P. Kazior wrote, “long-term planning to make green spaces more biodiverse, to promote urban agriculture, and foster local food […]

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Hold the Lox–That Salmon You Bought May Not Be What They Say It Is

Hold the Lox–That Salmon You Bought May Not Be What They Say It Is

Fraudulent fish is a more common problem than most people realize.  A lawsuit brought by the Organic Consumers Association alleges fish distributors Mowi Ducktrap and Mowi USA of deceptive marketing of smoked salmon sold under the brand Ducktrap River of Maine.

Why This Matters:  Many people are trying to cut back on meat — particularly during the COVID pandemic, when meatpacking plants closed, or worse, kept operating despite widespread transmission of the disease among workers at those facilities.

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The FDA Reaches Agreement With Companies to Phase Out Food Packaging Containing PFAS

The FDA Reaches Agreement With Companies to Phase Out Food Packaging Containing PFAS

Last week, in a major but voluntary step, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had secured and agreement with three manufacturers to phase out food packaging that uses the “Forever” chemical called 6:2 FTOH – one of the PFAS chemicals that has been linked to cancer

Why This Matters:  Many states are beginning to ban PFAS chemicals in food packaging, so this announcement by the FDA is a step in the right direction.

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Cover Crops and Compost May Be Key To Improved Soils for Urban Agriculture

Cover Crops and Compost May Be Key To Improved Soils for Urban Agriculture

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer An ongoing study in Detroit on the potential to recondition soils in urban areas to enable locally-grown agriculture is producing promising results, Brian Allnutt reported in Civil Eats. The study out of  Michigan State University-Detroit’s Partnership for Food Learning and Innovation, is working to find the “quickest, cheapest, and […]

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