Nate Storey’s greenhouse in west Laramie, Wyoming, is packed with vegetables growing in long, upright plastic towers.
Storey’s set-up is an urban farmer’s dream: the waste from fish tanks fertilizes the crops through plastic tubing that drips water onto the vertical garden. The greenhouse is small, but produces a lot of food. Read More
Busy week? Same here. Get caught up on some of the top food news you might have missed:
Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds (Gizmodo)
The California drought continued to dominate the agriculture news this week, especially after the Los Angeles Times published a interactive infographic that asked: How much water was used to produce your food? Almonds use more water than many other crops, but as Alissa Walker points out, put in context, almonds are a much smarter use for water than, say, alfalfa for beef production or shipping it overseas to China. Bottom line: Do some more research before you stop buying nuts.
A fourth year of severe drought is waking Californians to the reality of global warming and the value of our most precious resource. The state’s reservoirs are dangerously low, and the California Climate Center is projecting that rising temperatures could result in 80 percent less snow pack by the end of the century. Read More
Many parents have trouble accessing school food ingredient lists, and when they do, they’re often appalled by what they learn. They might expect to find chemical additives in snacks, such as Hot Cheetos, but it can be surprising to learn, as one parent who contacted me recently did, that a chicken sandwich entreé can contain upwards of 60 ingredients. Read More
As pollination season in California’s orchards draws to a close, and thousands of beehives are being trucked back to the Midwest, honeybee health is at the forefront of many people’s minds. This spring, 1.6 million honeybees have been medicated, fed syrups, and put to work in the orchards across the state’s Central Valley (including 760,000 acres of almonds), a lucrative business for farmers and hedge funds alike. Read More
Over the past two weeks, grocery stores in every region of the United States and Canada have been taking frozen organic spinach–and a host of products ranging from frozen dinners to spinach dip–off their shelves. All the spinach in question, which may have been contaminated with Listeria, comes from a single California-based vegetable processing company. Read More
In the past four years, school meals in Detroit have been transformed. Gone are the chicken nuggets and sugary drinks. Now school cafeterias serve fresh fruit and mixed baby green salads, lean meat, low-fat milk, and whole grain breads. Better yet, some even serve produce from school gardens and local farmers. Read More
Can a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription service help more small farms survive in today’s consolidated food landscape? In 2014, economic researcher Mark Paul conducted in-person interviews with 16 Massachusetts farmers for Ecotrust and E3 Network’s Future Economy Initiative. The area where Paul did the research, called the Pioneer Valley, was home to one of the first two CSA businesses in the United States, founded in 1986. Now, it’s the epicenter for a new wave of CSA activity and can shed valuable light on the industry as a whole. Read More
It’s been a few big weeks for glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used herbicide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it is considering new restrictions on the chemical, which is found in more than 700 products, but most commonly known as the key ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup.
Why exactly should you care?
For a few weeks this March, New Yorkers lined up outside a trendy Greenwich Village restaurant for a chance to pay $15 a plate for food that most would consider garbage. The event in question was wastED, the innovative and ambitious dining project from chef and author Dan Barber, who transformed his restaurant, Blue Hill, into a pop-up aimed at showing the dining world how much could be done with scraps, leftovers, and industrial byproducts.