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We're excited to hear the news from FamilyFarmed.org that Midway Airport, McCormick Place and Chicago Public Schools are committed to increasing their local and sustainable food programs! Collectively these institutions serve over 1.5 million meals per day. McCormick Place will source 15% of its food from local and sustainable sources. Premier Restaurant Group, the foodservice provider at Midway Airport, will partner with FamilyFarmed.org and purchase up to 10% of its food from local and sustainable sources. The foodservice provider for Chicago Public Schools, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, has purchased more than $4.2 million in produce...
Cal Peternell is the café chef at Chez Panisse. He is a 16-year veteran of perhaps the best-known farm-to-table restaurant in the country, which was founded by Alice Waters in 1971. Far from lamenting the growing popularity of the local food movement, Peternell celebrates it. “Luckily, more and more people are doing it,” he said. “We like to remind people that this is the way everyone ate until 100 years ago. Local and seasonal - you didn’t have much of a choice…” Happy to publicize the farms he sources from, Peternell listed them one by one, with the ingredients they buy from each. All except the organic pork, which Chez Panisse sources from Iowa, come from the restaurant’s local region in...
It was gray and drizzling in Woodstock, Vermont, last Sunday, but the weather didn't diminish the festivities for the 128 people who gathered just off the Green, under the Middle Covered Bridge, to celebrate a weekend spent hand-building tables and feasting on a lunch made from locally grown foods. Bagpiper Tim Cummings blew up a stately march to welcome diners who took their places around the tables, which were hand-built that weekend by 17 individuals and families who participated in the Naked Table Project sponsored by ShackletonThomas. The Naked Table was conceived by well-known furniture maker Charlie Shackleton last year. Shackleton had a vision of people hand-building a table from...
Federal district court Judge Jeffrey S. White revoked the government's approval of the planting of genetically modified sugar beets Friday, August 13, in a San Francisco court. The beets, like "Roundup Ready" soybeans, are genetically engineered to resist Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller. Farmers that plant these varieties can use herbicides to kill weeds without hurting their crops, a process that is quicker than mechanical cultivation. The decision comes in the wake of the ongoing debate and increased concern that Roundup may be producing "super weeds." Judge White ruled that the Department of Agriculture did not take into account the environmental consequences before approving the beets for...
Lynn Henning, a 52-year-old family farmer from Clayton, Michigan, has been recognized as the North American winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work tracking the effects of factory farm pollution in rural Michigan. The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmentalists and is annually awarded to six recipients, one from each inhabited continent. The prestigious award is often regarded as the Nobel Prize for environmental work. In the late 1990s, CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) started opening near the Henning Farm in rural Michigan. Twelve ended up within a ten-mile radius of her small farm, where Henning has lived and farmed with her husband and...
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Grocery Manufacturers Association to emphasize the importance of producing healthy, affordable foods to reduce childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama asked that the major food manufacturers take responsibility for improving their offerings in grocery stores by improving food labels and reducing salt and fat in the products they sell. With the national consciousness trending more and more toward healthy food consumption, big businesses are taking note. Several major food companies including PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and ConAgra have since announced that significant and voluntary improvements will be made in the nutritional value of their products in...
Target will no longer sell farm-raised salmon in any of its stores nationwide. Instead of sourcing from salmon farms, Target will stock only Alaskan, wild-caught salmon in its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood sections. The company cited environmental reasons behind the decision, which was announced last week. Target consulted conservationists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to determine how to make their seafood offerings more environmentally conscious. Farmed salmon, Target argues, can increase pollution, chemicals and parasites and hurt native salmon in surrounding areas. Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said “Target's decision to source...