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12/19/16
In 2015, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Network Team began a year-long process to better understand how we could support the region in achieving the New England Food Vision . The Vision describes a future in which at least 50% of our food is grown, raised, and harvested in New England and no one goes hungry. It looks ahead to the year 2060 and sees farming and fishing as important regional
12/1/16
Health Care Without Harm congratulates South County Hospital for winning the Rhode Island Health Care Local Food Challenge . South County outperformed their competitors in local food purchasing, education, and employee engagement, and has won $1000 in honor of their great efforts. “At South County we make every effort to provide a comfortable and healing environment for our patient, staff, and
11/17/16
With 60,000 tons of food wasted in the United States each year, at a cost of nearly $220 billion according to ReFED , wasted food is one of the great challenges facing our nation. Wasted food makes up 21% of all landfill volume, and as it decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere. These consequences are all
11/10/16
This post was originally published October 26, 2016 on Feeding America’s website . Never at a loss for fun ways to highlight good work, chefs at the New Hampshire Food Bank paired up with the Manchester Community Farmers Market this season to encourage people to embrace “the Uglies.” Food banks have always accepted ‘salvage’, non-perishable food that is of high quality and safe for human
10/27/16
This post, written by Faye Conte, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . This October, New England’s food co-ops are joining more than 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating the many ways that co-operatives help to build strong communities as part of National Co-op Month. Food co-ops share a commitment to offering quality, healthy food, and many
10/11/16
This was originally published on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 on SeafoodSource.com by Cliff White, Editor. U.S. President Barack Obama has announced his choices to be the first ever “Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.” The special awards, established this year as a way to “honor America’s fishers and our coastal communities for their efforts… [in leading] the way to the United States
10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
9/27/16
This post, written by Maria Buteux Reade, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . A group of farmers gather in a pasture and stare intently at a young man struggling to push a long probe deep into the ground. He shakes his head sheepishly and hands off the penetrometer to the next volunteer. No luck for her either. The host farmer steps forward and states matter-of-factly, “That’s what
9/13/16
The ambitious New England Food Vision sets forth the parameters required to achieve a sustainable and equitable food system in which New England farms and fisheries provide at least 50% of the food needed to feed ourselves by 2060. There are many things that need to shift for this vision to become reality, and one of the key things is that we New Englanders change our diet to one tailored to
9/8/16
This post, by Joshua Berman, Project Coordinator for the Sustainable Business Network , orginally appeared on the Boston Local Food Festival Blog . The city of Boston has a very interesting history, and no, I’m not talking about the pilgrims. I’m talking about the city itself. Boston originated as a trading colony for the British, a booming seaport exporting New England’s fish, farm, and lumber

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