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Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas

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Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture

By Mark Winne
Beacon Press
Publication Date: Oct 12, 2010

Winne challenges the reader to go beyond the popular rhetoric of “eat local” and instead become part of a larger movement to reclaim food sovereignty. Invoking the philosophies of great writers and thinkers including William Blake, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Winne writes about the importance of nourishing the body and the soul. The best way to do that, he writes, is by becoming connected to your food source.

Winne is not a food-purist. “I eat meat,” he remarks, “because I have yet to find much in life that competes with a tender rib eye accompanied by a good bottle of zinfandel.” However, his message about how to eat is clear: it is good to eat local, it is better to know the land or the animal that your food comes from, and it is best to grow it yourself.

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Middle and high school youths learn about gardening, nutrition, giving back by working on a 5-acre urban plot

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Urban youths learn about gardening, nutrition and giving back at Devington Green Acres Farm

By Barb Berggoetz
The Indy Star
Oct. 2, 2010

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Denise Smith thrust the shovel into the dry, hardened earth, over and over again.

She gingerly chopped away the dirt from around the buried sweet potatoes.

Like many inner-city youth, the 19-year-old Arlington High School senior hasn’t had much chance to experience first-hand the wonders of growing a garden and seeing hard work produce wholesome, fresh vegetables from seeds.

“I didn’t even know sweet potatoes grew underground,” she said, smiling, after helping classmates to fill a small basket with them. “I thought they grew above ground.”

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College students learn fish farming in Chicago

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Aquaponics research at Chicago State University

By Hosea Sanders
ABC News
Sept 10, 2010

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Fish farming is making a splash with students at a South Side university. They are hoping it will inspire others in their community to eat locally grown, healthy foods.

Chicago State University is the newest home to an aquaponics facility. Administrators say it will not only provide a new teaching tool for students, but may also help ease the grip of a food desert on their South Side neighborhood.

Hundreds of tilapia are getting their daily feed at Chicago State University. The aquaponics facility features four 750-gallon tanks. There are also six hydroponic grow beds, where fruit, vegetables and herbs are planted in water instead of the ground.

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