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11/1/19
Originally published on Seacoast Online . By David Goethel Posted Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43 AMUpdated Oct 31, 2019 at 12:07 PM According to a study released in 2012 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, between 3.9 and 4.5 billion people get all or most of their protein sustenance from wild caught seafood. The Commerce Department reports that, despite having one of the largest
9/15/19
Guest post by Cathy Stanton, resident of North-central Massachusetts Even here in the bluest of states, there were splotches of red in the 2016 election, and our store is in a town in one of those splotches. This week, voters resoundingly defeated a tax override that would have kept town functions going at their already-less-than-minimal level. Now we’re looking at further cuts in services,
4/17/19
Guest essay by Ken Payne exploring the connection between the structures of our world, especially for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Okay, this is tentative. Writing what follows takes me out of my comfort zone. The assertions I am making are provisional. They question the bases of my own well-being and way of life. Where and how we live shape our everyday thought and constitute the world as
12/2/18
This article is reposted from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition , one of our FSNE Network Team partners. The 4th National Climate Assessment – “Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States ,” released by the Administration just after Thanksgiving, underscores the very real climate change-related challenges that American producers can expect to face in the coming years. The
11/25/18
The following letter to the editor from Food Solutions New England was published in the Boston Globe in response to their recent editorial on the future of food. Thanks to the Globe Ideas section for highlighting the future of food, a subject that demands all of our attention. The editorial “Embrace the future of American food — in three easy steps” illustrates just how much is at stake. In a
10/9/18
Editor's Note: This post by Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food & Environment Program of Union of Concerned Scientists was originally published on October 8, 2018 on the UCS website . Do you have a story or article you'd like us to share? Update 10/9/18: “White Earth Food Recovery Project” was corrected to “White Earth Land Recovery Project” and “Ojibwe” was corrected to “Anishinabe.” “Tribes
9/13/18
The Food Solutions New England Process Team (our "steering" or advisory team) has voted to endorse the Campaign for Real Meals , recognizing the leverage to be gained in making specific targets more visible in the massive food service industry in North America. Industrial food service represents a $51 billion sector in the US alone, with three firms - Sodexo, Aramark and Compass Group -
7/30/18
This week's lead blog post comes from our colleagues at Real Food Challenge , active members of the Food Solutions New England regional network. Real Food Challenge is excited to announce a technical update to our Real Food Standards! In an effort to keep our Standards aligned with changes in the food industry, Real Food Challenge students and alumni leaders have conducted research in
6/4/18
In our region, the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, there is a lot of talk right now amongst community food organizations about the whiteness of the majority of people leading those organizations, and what that means in building an equitable, resilient food system. There’s also talk about the Farm Bill reauthorization (which is underway right now) and the impact it could have on
3/5/18
The Shah Family Foundation has been working closely with The Boston Public Schools Food and Nutritional Services and the City of Boston on a pilot project in East Boston schools that provides fresh, healthier food to students in BPS. This program creates finishing kitchens at satellite schools who have traditionally relied on frozen, vended meals. Students in these schools are now served fresh

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