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

U.S. Crop Diversity Declining but…5 Ag Regions Buck This Trend!

U.S. Crop Diversity Declining but…5 Ag Regions Buck This Trend!

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A new USDA study (published in the journal PLOS ONE) tracked crop diversity across farms in the US from 1978 to 2012 using five year ag census data.

While the overall data confirms the dominance of monoculture farming – a practice known not to be sustainable in the long-term – there is evidence that in five of the nine Farm Resource Regions where fruits and vegetables reign supreme crop diversity was either maintained or increased slightly.  Check out the map for specifics and read more…

Source: U.S. Farms Becoming Less Diverse Over Time | Civil Eats

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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