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5/7/15
I write this blog primarily to spread the word about sustainable seafood. “Sustainable” has become a bit of a cliché as marketers stretch and pull the definition in directions that weren’t part of its original meaning. Unfortunately, that leaves many of us with more questions than answers about where our seafood comes from. I write this blog to bring some clarity and understanding about our
5/4/15
As the son of a commercial fisherman I feel a deep connection to those who risk their lives at sea and so I take very seriously the mayday distress call. That said, if there was ever a moment that warranted distress over the state of our ocean commons and fishing livelihoods, that moment became crystal clear for me following last week’s events at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting
4/30/15
A quiet revolution is astir in Vermont. Food systems education, practical agricultural experience, entrepreneurship, and inspiration have blended into an elixir for community revitalization. Advancing food justice, environmental sustainability, public policy, and resiliency, the Vermont Food Systems Study Tour runs May 31-June 20. The Tour invites students to discover the future of food in three
4/27/15
The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has been released. This report will ultimately inform the content of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) for 2015 published every five years by Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the first year there has been an explicit call to consider the attributes of a
4/22/15
Dietary guidelines are about diets and health, but the ways people eat have many impacts. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) began its work in late 2013, and released its Scientific Report in February 2015 . Along with Dr. Mike Hamm of Michigan State University, I served as an advisor to the DGAC, which for the first time included an assessment of the environmental impacts of human
4/13/15
Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program engages the health care community in bringing an end to the routine use of antibiotics in raising food animals. Such routine, non-therapeutic use contributes significantly to the rise in resistant bacterial infections in humans and is unnecessary. Read more about their national antibiotics work with the supply chain to make more meat
4/6/15
Across Massachusetts, hospitals are emerging as partners for farmers markets, healthy corner store initiatives, and a variety of food access programs. Yes, that’s right, hospitals. As described in Health Care Without Harm’s report, Utilization of Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access in Massachusetts , new IRS rules for tax-exempt hospitals are encouraging them to “ prevent illness,
4/2/15
By Chuck Ross, Secretary Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets The clean water bill currently under consideration in the Vermont House of Representatives (House Bill 35) is a vital step forward for Vermont’s efforts to address the problem of polluted storm water runoff into our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. This bill addresses the problem of excess nutrients and sediment that
3/19/15
Sometimes a single sentence says so much. Unpacking it takes up space and does not add an iota to the meaning that is already there. Here is one such sentence, a quote from “The Financial Page” of the February 9, 2015, New Yorker : “It’s hard for people to be fully engaged with customers when they’re worrying about how to food put food on the table.” The person being quoted is Mark Bertolini, CEO
3/12/15
About half-way into FSNE's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge , there have been some very interesting learnings, discussions, and reflections offered up via the Forum , Facebook event page , and Twitter ( #FSNEEquityChallenge ). I am heartened and hopeful that all of this is helping to normalize the conversation about race and racism and to galvanize strategies and actions for

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