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In July 2011, a listeriosis outbreak spread across 28 states. By the time it ended, 143 people had been hospitalized and 33 people had died. The culprit was cantaloupe contaminated with the bacterium Listeria . Earlier that year, President Obama had signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at nipping such food-related outbreaks in the bud. Since then, the Food and Drug
Policy decisions and market mechanisms that turned farms into food production machines with grave ecological, health and economic consequences are being mirrored on the marine side. Fishing is being turned into a highly extractive industry with similar consequences. We have to rock the boat to undo these policies and upgrade the seafood market in support of community based fishermen who have the
Every October, food system leaders and innovators who comprise the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convene to review the progress towards implementing the State of Vermont's Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and learn about the next set of challenges facing Vermont’s evolving food system. Approximately 300 individuals representing all facets of Vermont’s farm and food economy from farmers and food
You’ve gotten pretty good at making choices that maximize your consumption of local meats, dairy, and vegetables. You’ve learned how to weigh the options, you’ve learned how to modify your recipes to what’s available, and you’re feeling pretty good. Now you want to be sure that you’re eating local seafood. You ask the person at the seafood store or at your grocers’ counter w here their fish came
This post was originally published by Curtis Ogden on October 22, 2014 on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog . [This] graphic is something that I recently created, borrowing heavily from the good work of Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor , to help convey what is meant by engaging in “network strategy.” One of the challenges we’ve encountered in working with different networks is


Featured image of UMass Amherst Dining courtesy of the Kendall Foundation.