vermont foodbank

Today marks a momentous occasion for FarmPlate.com!  We just announced a long-term strategic partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, designed to help promote sustainable foods, build our growing network of sustainable food businesses and generate support for the Foodbank.  The partnership kicks off immediately, with a very special holiday promotion. For every business that upgrades its FarmPlate profile before December 31, 2011 *offer extended through January 31, 2012*, FarmPlate will donate 10% of sales to the Vermont Foodbank.  That’s a donation of 50 meals for every business that signs up for one year of online marketing through FarmPlate.com!! In many ways, the...
Walmart's pledge to double its sales of locally grown food by 2015 has many farmers and agricultural associations within the United States considering the potential impacts. The company's emphasis on local food stems from an interest in lowering engery use and cost. Walmart is developing its environmental standards with a group called the Sustainability Consortium, which includes food and agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta, meatpacker Tyson Foods and organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm. Walmart executives and members of the consortium have been visiting different types of farms around the country in an effort to understand various sustainable farming methods. Although it...
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has outlined their first global standards for aquaculture, after four years of debate on the issue. The guidelines were adopted by the UN sub-committee on Aquaculture, and although the guidelines are not binding, they will provide a framework for certification for aquaculture producers globally. The guidelines drafted by the UN function to regulate a multitude of issues related to aquaculture. Sometimes called aquafarming, aquaculture refers to the production of fin fish, plants or shrimp in fresh or salt water under controlled conditions. Because of overfishing and the depletion of wild seafood populations, cultivating seafood through aquaculture...
Americans throw away the equivalent of at least 350 million barrels of oil in food waste every year, reports a new study from University of Texas researchers published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. According to Salon.com, that's about 70 times the amount of oil released in the BP Gulf oil spill last summer. Researchers Amanda Cullar and Michael Webber have concluded that thrown out food wastes not just the food itself but also the energy that went into growing, processing, shipping and selling that food and "represents a substantial target for decreasing energy consumption in the U.S." According to the University of Texas study, the amount of food waste and...
The Corn Refiners Association is stepping up its campaign against the wave of negative public opinion concerning High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), the major product of the firms it represents. The association is now petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the term 'corn sugar' to apply to HFCS, according to the Associated Press. On their new website CornSugar.com, the Corn Refiners Association says this request is a public service that will allow consumers to make better-informed decisions about the ingredients they consume. Their main message is that HFCS is no different from table sugar in chemical makeup or health effects. Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New...
In California, more than 6 million tons of food products are thrown away every year by farms, restaurants and supermarkets. Food shelters, on the other hand, do not have the supply to meet the ever-increasing demand. A recent examination by California Watch and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism took a close look at California’s food system to try to identify the reasons why these unwanted food products are not channelled to food banks and other organizations where donations are greatly needed. The examination concluded that many grocery stores are more likely to throw away food than to donate it to local food banks because of liability concerns. Often, stores will donate...