Thursday, February 23, 2017

While looking for possible handouts on food waste

I ran across this
which is kind of fun.

I just wish I knew
how to make it bigger.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

An interesting development

Now here's a helpful example of alternative facts; that is, actual facts that challenge food industry manipulated nutritional information. Facts as an alternative to misinformation. How about that!

https://www.feedthetruth.org/#truth-transparency-integrity

A story in FERN this week reports that the founder of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky, who's funding this is creating a kind of blind trust, leaving the direction of the site to a board of notable nutrition scientists.

Think of it as the Antisugar. Or the food biz's Antitrump.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A School Lunch Hero

and a good summary of the history and issues of school lunch policies.
http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/school-lunch/

I've been on Facebook a little too much, but this story is too long and too complex to share there. It's information is a good preparation for countering whatever selfish bunkum the current Republican administration throws at us.

This article reminded me that on the things we care deeply about - such as all our school children having access to wholesome food - we need to be prepared with facts and good examples of what works. It also underscores the importance of working locally with day-to-day doggedness to achieve our goals, not focusing on celebrity initiatives.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Not glamorous, perhaps, but extremely important

Here is a great example of the difference simple improvements in small scale sustainable agriculture can make. It's also a wonderful story of selective seed saving, and how it can make a difference in a few generations locally, without benefit of a research lab and expensive technologies.
https://closeup.oxfamamerica.org/stories/seeds-success

This link came in an Oxfam newsletter.

Meanwhile, I've used a chunk of time this weekend to catch up with following many links on food waste, a current topic of great interest here in Sonoma County. I plan to post some of them with notes and/or reflections during Advent.

What did you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? How do you plan to prevent or repurpose holiday excess this Advent and Christmas?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Someone's spamming

with comments - appearing to be ads when I translate them - about some water related technology in Riyadh. I have no idea how to stop this except to report them as spam. I have now reported five such in a matter of minutes, and I expect there to be more when I check my email again.

If I knew how to say "Stop the spammy comments!" in Arabic I would.

If anyone reads this and has any bright ideas, post a comment and I will read it and post it if it is helpful.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rural food deserts

So much attention gets paid to urban core food deserts, but this series from Utah Public Radio points up the tragedy of a broken food system on the Navajo reservation.

http://upr.org/post/planting-seeds-health-navajo-nation

Check out both segments of the story.

One thing I didn't see here: to what extent did the former commodity food program contribute to the breakdown of old ways of producing food?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We need more focus on domestic fair trade.

Here is one group working on it:
food justice certified logo

http://agriculturaljusticeproject.org/?page_id=13


And  here's a bill wending its way through the California legislature.

AB2757, which addresses the differing standards for overtime in agricultural work, has passed the assembly Labor and Employment Committee.

Federal Fair Labor Standards exclude farmworkers. So once again California is taking the lead toward more just practices.

From the press release:

Over four years, the “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016” – known as Assembly Bill 2757 – would gradually phase in standards for farmworker overtime lowering the current 10-hour day level to the standard 8-hour day, and establishing for the first time a 40-hour standard workweek. The phase-in would be by annual half-hour-per-day increments until reaching eight hours, and annual five-hour-per-week increments until reaching 40 hours. Both final standards would be achieved in 2020.
Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Roger Hern├índez (D-West Covina) and Assemblymembers Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) voted for AB 2757 in committee. Assemblymembers Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Eric Linder (R-Corona) voted against the bill.