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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
10/15/15
In a joint statement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, it was confirmed that sustainability goals will not be incorporated into the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). It appears that the exclusion of these goals represents a missed opportunity to embark on a much needed, more holistic approach
9/14/15
By Philip Korman, Jeff Cole, Andrew Morehouse, Ellen Parker, and Frank Mangan This post was originally published by The Daily Hampshire Gazette , August 19th, 2015 The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to
9/3/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Farmers and food advocates still pushing for sustainability and fair labor standards in July 2016 contract On August 31st, the Office of Strategic Procurement for the University of Maine System released their request for proposal (RFP) for food service at six of the seven University of Maine Campuses. “Maine students,
8/24/15
As a youth I can say that it’s not everyday your voice has the chance to be heard. But last year, a few other youth from Connecticut, along with myself got that chance. You see; we had become a part of something called the FJYC (Food Justice Youth Corps), a program that enabled high school youth along with AmeriCorps VISTAs to come together and discuss important food justice issues that affect us
8/17/15
This past July 4th, Share Our Strength , in collaboration with a leading advertising agency, filmmakers, and media outlets, launched a public awareness campaign that deftly challenges assumptions about America’s “greatness,” perhaps even our sense of national identity and the direction of our moral compass in the face of our nation’s ongoing hunger epidemic. In a series of PSAs that are a part of
8/13/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Encourage Chancellor Page to Support Maine Food for UMaine System Recommendations Opportunities like this one don’t come around very often. In the next two weeks, the University of Maine system will finalize language for its request for proposal (RFP) for a new food contract. Their current ten-year, $12.5 million

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