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1/7/16
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) staff, Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli and Network Director Leo Pollock , present a 2015 year in review 2015 was an exciting and fulfilling year for the RIFPC. It was a year of transition: they welcomed a new staff member , a new cohort of Work Group chairs, and launched a fifth Work Group centered around health and
1/4/16
New Hampshire The NH Food Alliance reflects on the tremendous amount of progress they have experienced in the Granite State food system in 2015. Shared the Viability Initiative The NH Food Alliance launched a comprehensive initiative focused on farm, fish, and food enterprise viability (Viability Initiative) in November 2015. As the first strategic effort of the NH Food Alliance, the Viability
12/31/15
As we look towards 2016, we are sharing a 3-part series featuring updates on the food systems work going on in each of the New England states. Maine Overall, there are many great trends to report in Maine related to food, farming and fisheries in 2015! Institutional Purchasing Maine’s colleges and institutions have been focusing on food in a big way in 2015. For example, the University of Maine
12/17/15
New farmers assembled the Arts Block in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 12 from all over New England, New York state, and even Canada for the Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering. Roughly 150 attendees arrived with enthusiasm and energy to participate in an anti-oppression training facilitated by representatives of Springfield-based Gardening the Community . Liz Wills-O’Gilvie and Tory Field
11/26/15
On this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be grateful for, yet on a day so focused on food and family, it is hard to escape the fact, nor should we remain comfortable with the reality, that nearly one in seven Americans reports being food insecure, meaning that they are unable to consistently meet their food needs. Feeding America has an interactive site that provides critical information
11/23/15
You may well have heard last week the FDA cleared the path for genetically modified salmon to hit the market after a protracted five-year review. It was a landmark decision that could have long-lasting implications for other genetically engineered (GE) products such as livestock (pigs, cattle, chickens) as well as reinforcing industry opposition to labeling such products (as in produce). In a
11/5/15
On Monday, October 26, the White House recognized 12 individuals from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture. UConn Extension’s Jiff Martin was selected as one of the recipients. These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
10/26/15
On Tuesday, October 20, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Farm to School Census data confirming the multiple benefits of farm to school programs for kids, communities, and farmers. These early results from the latest Farm to School Census provide data on the 2013-2014 school year. Early Results Are In – and Positive! Census data confirms that farm to school
10/19/15
The United States’ food report card is in, and it does not look good at all. 80% failed on sourcing practices and antibiotics usage. Only 5 of the major food chains received a “C” or above. Why should we be concerned? Since the 1950s, feeding farm animals antibiotics has become standard. The problem with this is the overdosage of antibiotics which causes resistances and could cause a disease

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