Category Archives: Food Advocacy

EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

STRAWBERRIES, about to come into high season in our South Bay, have jumped above apples for the first time in a few years.  Buy them ORGANIC (along with the other ‘Dirty Dozen’ listed) to avoid multiple pesticide residues in your food choices.  Follow the link for more of the research and to print a copy of the lists for your next shopping trip.

Check out @EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce! #DirtyDozen #CleanFifteen http://bit.ly/1VxUO3i

Source: EWGs 2016 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Decoding Animal Welfare Labels | CUESA

nicasio_cowsOur food labels are a hot topic these days and rightfully so.  If you care about the origin, care and quality of what you eat, this is a must read.

Pasture raised. Hormone free. All natural. Which ones are just greenwashing, and which ones can you trust?

Source: Decoding Animal Welfare Labels | CUESA

Stanford’s REAL FARM: Ag Ed by School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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Stanford’s six-acre site is to be as much a laboratory as a classroom for students to learn theory and evolve best practices in sustainable agriculture.  The goal is to educate future leaders who can address our environmental and food system challenges in the 21st Century.

 

Source: A new educational farm on the “Farm” | Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Consumer Reports Study: The Bacteria in Conventional Beef

Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. 82% of conventionally produced and processed beef samples were found to have at least 2 types of bacteria.  CONVENTIONAL SAMPLES WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BACTERIA WHICH WAS RESISTANT TO 3  OR MORE CLASSES OF TYPICAL ANTIBIOTICS. 

 

Source: Ecocentric | The Bacteria in Our Beef

GOOD FOOD NEWS! USDA Allots $34.3 M for Local Foods Infrastructure, Veg & Fruit Access

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In an effort to strengthen local and regional food systems, the USDA has promised millions through several grants to support farmers markets, CSA’s and ‘hub’ businesses that aggregate and facilitate regional food promotion, awareness of resources and actual distribution channels.  Farm-to-institution programs are also included which is great news for educational and health organizations!

Source: USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables

$51M spent by Big Food in 2015 to Lobby for Less Transparency in Food Labeling 

From GMO labeling to pesticides to the source of the meat you buy, a handful of companies are spending heavily to keep information off your food labels.

Source: Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

From NPR – Reduce Food Waste, Learn from Dan Barber’s Garbage to Plate Experiment

The typical American family tosses out some $1,500 of food yearly. From smarter fridge packing to sauteing soggy lettuce, a new book is full of tips to rescue edibles from landing in the trash.

Source: Dont Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste : The Salt : NPR