What’s an Agrihood? Check Out Davis, CA’s The Cannery for Housing+Farmland Community

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The Cannery agrihood in Davis, California, will place an educational incubator farm in the middle of a planned community.  Morphing from last century’s model of housing surrounded by a golf course, this new development seeks to transform an industrial site into a 21st century organic farming and living experiment.

Source: Northern California’s First Agrihood Will Bring Organic Veggies to Former Industrial Land | Civil Eats

FOOD for STUDY: Colleges Expanding Degree, Course Options in Food Systems

IMG_5647As the food movement grows, the demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems is exploding.

Source: Majoring in Food: Colleges Offering More Courses, Degrees | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

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

Earth Overshoot Day-We’ve Used Up Our Resources for 2015!!

Yikes!  We are now in deficit spending of our planet’s natural resources.  As of August 13th, 2015 humans around the world had already used up the equivalent of this entire year’s worth of available resources if life and the survival of the planet are to be sustained.  From our food supply to fuel for transportation and business operating practices, our choices are drawing down our resource supply faster than it can replenish itself.

Slow food farm wker AlbaRead about how EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY each year marks the beginning of when we start dipping into the future to continue our way of life, according to the calculator created by the Global Footprint Network think-tank.  Their calculator tools are used by the United Nations and many individual countries to understand and evaluate how our collective lifestyle choices worldwide are seeing humanity’s demands for resources far exceed our Earth’s ability to sustain us.

Check out a chart of our World Footprint and search by nation to see exactly we are threatening our very survival by our own choices.

Or, hop over to the resource-rich Overshoot Day website that will help each of us learn how to make choices every day to enable our planet to provide for future generations.  From TAKE ACTION to FOR KIDS AND TEACHERS, there are ideas and activities to create positive change.

Goodbye Tipping, Hello Living Wage: The Changing Face of Progressive Restaurants | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Many restaurants in our greater Bay Area and other cities are slowly shifting their practices in favor of greater wage equality for all restaurant workers and better salaries. This is good food justice news and a move in the right direction for a living wage.  Read the article in Bay Area Bites from KQED.

 

Melons 101: How To Pick Ripe Melons and 12 Varieties You Need to Try | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Our farmers markets are ripe with all colors of melons this time of year and there are as many different tastes as there are variations of orange, honey and green.

ambrosiaNetted melons (Reticulatus) are wrapped in a network of surface veins and come in  delicious shades.

 

Here are a dozen varieties reviewed and pictured so you’ll be ready for your next market shopping trip!

Source: Melons 101: How To Pick Ripe Melons and 12 Varieties You Need to Try | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

4 Tasty Little Seeds with Big Nutritional Benefits | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food

Whether they are topping yogurt, ice cream or a salad, seeds of many kinds offer our bodies additional vitamins, minerals and many healthy nutrients that are often hard to find in other ingredients.  Read the details about pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and sesame seeds.

 

Yogurt as Elixir? How ‘Good’ Bacteria Might Help Lessen Everyday Stress in Our Bodies

In recent years, a body of research has shown that beneficial microbes play a critical role in how our bodies work. And it turns out there’s a lot of communication between our gut and our brain.

Source: Prozac In The Yogurt Aisle: Can ‘Good’ Bacteria Chill Us Out? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food