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Philosophy Comes to Dinner – Arguments About the Ethics of Eating

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What the freegan is this?

Edited by Andrew Chignell, Terence Cuneo, Matthew C. Halteman
Routledge
2016

Press Release:

Everyone is talking about food. Chefs and food critics are celebrities. “Locavore” and “freegan” have earned spots in the dictionary. Popular books and films about food production and consumption are exposing the unintended consequences of the standard American diet. Questions about the principles and values that ought to guide decisions about dinner have become urgent for moral, ecological, and health-related reasons. So, as we begin a New Year and perhaps the inevitable resolution of ‘new diet new me’, which ethical corner will you be in at the dinner table?

In Philosophy Comes to Dinner, twelve philosophers—some leading voices, some inspiring new ones—join the conversation, and consider issues from the sustainability of modern agriculture, to consumer complicity in animal exploitation, as well as the pros and cons of alternative diets.

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January 13, 2016   Comments Off on Philosophy Comes to Dinner – Arguments About the Ethics of Eating

A ‘climatarian’ is someone who eats with climate change in mind

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A ‘reducetarian’ is a “make-your-own-rules” version of climatarianism.

By Lydia O’Connor
Huffington Post
Dec 31, 2015

Excerpt:

CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste.

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January 1, 2016   Comments Off on A ‘climatarian’ is someone who eats with climate change in mind

Growing a Life – Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy

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Forthcoming August, 2016

By Illène Pevec, Ph.D.
New Village Press
Forthcoming 09 August 2016

Part engaging conversation, part comprehensive fieldwork, Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential educational and community gardening programs can be for young teens. Follow author Illène Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner city New York, agrarian New Mexico to Oakland, California, in order to study youth gardening and the benefits it contributes to at-risk teen lives. Extensive research, supplemented by beautifully candid interviews with students, illustrate the life altering physical and mental benefits that mentored gardening programs can provide.

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November 26, 2015   Comments Off on Growing a Life – Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy

Public Health students take nutrition education to mall in Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Dona Ana Community College public health students Jasmine Franzoy, 20, and Alyssa Berrington, 26, demonstrate how they tend to large potted plants located at the downtown mall on Monday. For six hours a week they students plant, prune and harvest food in 58 large pots in the area.(Photo: Robin Zielinski — Sun-News)

La Semilla Food Center has partnered with the students to promote healthier eating. “I love working working with the public and getting the pots adopted.”

By Beth Waters
For the Sun-News
November 9, 2015

Excerpt:

The students have partnered with La Semilla Food Center and are tasked with tending 58 oversized planters full of fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers, hoping to promote urban agriculture to the public. The collaboration is part of a DACC health class, matching students to nonprofits, taught by Amy Collins, associate professor of public health.

“As a society, we are use to seeing our food packaged, to see plastic and cellophane around our fruit and vegetables,” Collins explains. “So having an understanding of where food comes from is difficult for a lot of people.”

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November 16, 2015   Comments Off on Public Health students take nutrition education to mall in Las Cruces, New Mexico

FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

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The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)

By Elizabeth Tsehlo
FAO
Nov 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.

For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).

For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.

The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.

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November 3, 2015   Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

Forage: A Documentary

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A documentary on the growing activity of urban foraging

Directed by Matthew Martyr
Hosted by anthropologist Josh Crosby
Music by Gia Sky
2014

“I have been working on a documentary short on urban foraging and wild edibles. It’s been a wonderful experience to talk with foragers about the importance of this activity and to see their passion. We plan to expand the film in the future.” Josh Crosby

September 22, 2015   Comments Off on Forage: A Documentary

Saskatoon Food Bank seeking donations from urban gardeners

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The vegetables will help to feed the nearly 15,000 clients accessing the food bank every month, nearly half of which are children.

By David Giles
Global News
Sept 17, 2015

Excerpt:

When you’re harvesting your garden this year, why not give back. The Saskatoon Food Bank is urging all urban gardeners to donate any extra vegetables they may have to the organization.

Officials said they welcome the fresh, nutritionally produced products.

“We are looking for vegetables that can keep, so leafy greens can be a little difficult,” said Brit MacDonald, the urban agriculture manager with the food bank.

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September 18, 2015   Comments Off on Saskatoon Food Bank seeking donations from urban gardeners

Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative

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A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.

Excerpt from their website:

School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.

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August 10, 2015   Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

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The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale

By Melanie Carpenter, Jeff Carpenter
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2015

Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs.

Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products.

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May 9, 2015   Comments Off on The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

Michelle Obama, Big Bird and Billy Eichner want kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables

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“At Sesame Street, we’re committed to helping children grow up smarter, stronger, and kinder, and an important part of being stronger is being healthy.”

Press Release
Produce Marketing Association
Feb 17, 2015

Newark, Del. — The fresh produce industry’s efforts to inspire children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables through ‘eat brighter!’, a movement forged by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Sesame Street and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), is gaining national attention this week through a video starring First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, and NBC Parks and Recreation actor and FunnyOrDie.com comedian Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street.

Billy Eichner is an Emmy-nominated comedian whose work can be viewed on the award-winning comedy website, Funny Or Die, co-founded by Will Ferrell. Billy’s popularity with the millennial audience is anchored by his 2 million+ following, and his reach is growing. Billy on The Street episodes, a recurring segment on the website, will begin to air on TBS’ TruTV. His work can also be viewed on Tuesday evenings on NBC’s Park and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler.

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February 17, 2015   Comments Off on Michelle Obama, Big Bird and Billy Eichner want kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables

Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families

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Ruby Boyd, 7, picks some kale for soup at Zenger Farms during the Urban Farm Homeschool Program. Educational programs at Zenger in southeast Portland teach youths about food, farming and environmental stewardship. (Drew Vattiat/The Oregonian)

It’s become critical to those who just can’t afford to put healthful foods on the table

By Grant Butler
The Oregonian
Dec 19, 2014

Excerpt:

PORTLAND — When you watch heritage-breed turkeys and chickens roaming the pastures of Zenger Farm, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood.

“It’s so tranquil that sometimes you forget you’re in the heart of the city,” says Jill Kuehler, executive director of the nonprofit group Friends of Zenger Farm.

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December 30, 2014   Comments Off on Urban farm in Portland helps low-income families

Bangkok Rooftop Spirulina Farms are part of our future

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Must see video.

A first class restaurant develops recipes using the blue-green algae

Al Jazeera
Dec 23, 2014
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

A Bangkok-based start-up called EnerGaia is pioneering a unique urban farming model. Across the city’s neglected rooftops, a small team of chemists and engineers are growing a nutritional supplement which also happens to be one of the planet’s oldest life forms: spirulina.

This organism is a fast-growing blue-green algae with an estimated protein content of 60 percent and contains essential fatty acids and vitamins. In fact, this superfood grows rapidly without the need for soil or fertilisers and can convert carbon dioxide from industry into to a highly nutritious food.

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December 25, 2014   Comments Off on Bangkok Rooftop Spirulina Farms are part of our future

‘Print’ Your Veggies? Israeli Start-Up Bringing Urban Farming to Countertops

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Sea vegetable Khai-nam grows in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos

By: Tamar Auber
Jspacenews
Nov 21

Excerpt:

After much trial and error, the result was GreenOnyx, a countertop machine that cultivates and grows the sea vegetable automatically and then delivers the nutritious green food source at a push of a button in either liquefied or paste form.

The juice can then be used to make smoothies and the paste can be used to add nutritious to nearly any meal.

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December 3, 2014   Comments Off on ‘Print’ Your Veggies? Israeli Start-Up Bringing Urban Farming to Countertops

Street food and urban and periurban agriculture- FAO Forum until Dec 8

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The role that urban agriculture in providing street food vendors with safe, fresh and nutritious produce at a low cost.

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition
Until Dec 8, 2014

Street foods in urban areas are often the most accessible means of obtaining an affordable meal for millions of consumers every day and urban and periurban agriculture can provide street food vendors with the required local, fresh, nutritious and less expensive ingredients.

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November 19, 2014   Comments Off on Street food and urban and periurban agriculture- FAO Forum until Dec 8

NASA Interested in Robotic Gardening Technology Developed by University Students

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Heather Hava, right, who is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, describes a computerized system she is developing with other graduate students participating in the exploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

The ROGR robots can visit a specific plant to deliver water or to locate and grasp a fruit or vegetable. If an astronaut requests tomatoes for a salad, the system decides which specific plants have the ripest tomatoes and assigns parallel harvesting tasks to ROGR.

By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida
July 7, 2014

Excerpt:

For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.

As astronauts explore beyond Earth, they will need to make their habitat as self-sustaining as possible. This includes growing fruits and vegetables.

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November 17, 2014   Comments Off on NASA Interested in Robotic Gardening Technology Developed by University Students