Busy people in Boston and nearby communities have access to a new service that will pick up and deliver local food from the farmers markets right to their door. One of the criticisms of Community Supported Agriculture has been the time it takes to stop by the farm. While many people, especially those with children, value this experience – others find it inconvenient. There is no longer an excuse not to buy, “just food now.” This service also provides incentives for changing other aspects of your life (like quitting throw-away plastic water bottles for a more sustainable alternative). Check out the Gogreenologist.
The FBI, FDA and Los Angeles Police knocked on the door (with guns drawn – really!), searched the premises and seized 17 large coolers of milk and other dairy products. Raw milk! On the same day, a farmer who provides raw goat milk to Rawesome members was also raided by about 20 government agents. No kidding…. raw milk! Check out the story here.
Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) admitted that the use of antibiotics in farm animal feed is contributing to the growing problem of deadly antibiotic resistance in America. Interesting, everybody else has known this for a while! Check it out here.
A recent national survey found that many consumers buy local, sustainably grown food (what I’m calling “just” food) because of their commitment to personal health. The same survey suggests that efforts to help consumers“connect the dots” between “just food” and human health would result in an increase of sales and consumption of local food. For a look at the results of the survey from this professional marketing firm, check this link.
Check out this 9 minute video which presents both the impact climate change will have on agriculture, the contribution industrial farming makes to climate change, and the ways in which sustainable farming helps to solve the problem. This video includes local farmer, Ricky Baruc from Seeds of Solidarity Farm in Orange, MA. Check it out here.
Taking part in gardening can make a child feel happy and boost their development, research suggests. A study of 1,300 teachers and 10 schools commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) found children in schools that encouraged gardening became more resilient, confident and lived healthier lives. Check this out here.
While most of us probably feel that family run farms are a “good thing”, it is sometimes difficult to articulate why we feel this way. Here is a link to a nice page that lays out some reasons in a way that is easily understood (and shared with “non-believers”). Click on Why family farms?
Nice article on one of our UMass student’s projects in Springfield, MA. Pete is working to bring local food to the city. “I think city people, especially young people, should understand where food comes from and how connected our well-being is to what, how, where, and why we eat,” says Merzbacher, “but I also want to provide the means of food production that can feed thousands of people.” Check it out here.