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Local food and teaching the environment

1 Jul

There’s a renaissance in local and regional food, and it’s not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

On this map, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pinpoints more than 4,000 local and regional food businesses and projects — from food hubs to farm-to-school programs to initiatives to expand healthy food access to low-income communities — in every state around the country.

BAR HARBOR, Me. — Like many residents of this picturesque island town on the edge of Acadia National Park, Zach Soares had trouble keeping his house warm, going through five cords of wood in the winter. So he jumped at an offer last year for free energy improvements through a class project at the College of the Atlantic, where he works.


factory farm drones

1 Jul

Video clip gives a glimpse into the movie Speciesism that discusses issues with factory farms.

Food gentrification?

21 Apr

This article about “collards becoming the new kale” provokes thought about cultural appropriation.

More importantly, it raises concern over the international effects of food trends.,8599,2110890,00.html

Silenced By Status, Farm Workers Face Rape, Sexual Abuse

6 Nov

This is part one of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

Gentrification and food access, comedic take

20 Aug

Michael Che, one of New York City’s funniest stand-up comics and a native of the Lower East Side, takes a look at how his neighborhood has changed over the years. For instance, back when he was growing up, no one had a brand preference for bottled water.

Water contamination

5 Jul

The Frontline episode “Poisoned Waters” covers a lot of information on how our water becomes contaminated and the measures we’ve taken or not taken to prevent and clean up contamination. Strong connection to our food system and would be a good complement to a Food Inc or any other environmentally-minded lesson.

Florida food workers pay increase

5 Apr

This article discusses the controversy over the pay increase and what a penny per pound adds up to in annual wages.