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Posted Aug 23, 2012 @ 8:25 AM
A year ago, Kathie Maldonado couldn’t imagine eating food like this. Fresh fish from Lake Michigan. Fruits and vegetables picked juicy and crisp just the day before at local farms. And even chewy, flavorful bread she’d never seen in grocery stores.
Oran Hesterman, photo (c) Douglas Elbinger 2010
Posted Aug 21, 2012 @ 9:52 AM
Some of you may remember the 2008 interview Bill did with author and food activist Michael Pollan on Bill Moyers Journal. It’s still one of the most popular videos on the website.
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Posted Aug 20, 2012 @ 11:02 AM
At a recent food conference, I saw a video of a Chicago teenager taking his first-ever bite of a fresh apple. The same food system that brings me apples in Michiana year round never got one to him in that Chicago neighborhood. This is one small example of a “broken” food system.
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Posted Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:36 PM
Anyone who’s been to the grocery store recently knows how expensive food can be and, usually, the healthier the food, the more it costs. So how do you encourage low-income families getting federal food assistance to eat more fruits and vegetables? You start by doubling their money.
Farm Bill PCC Trust
Posted Aug 16, 2012 @ 8:12 AM
After a flurry of activity, Congress closed shop for five weeks on August 3 without passing either a new five-year farm bill or legislation to address the immediate drought crisis. The stumbling blocks are the same ones that have stymied many bills during the bitterly divided 112th Congress. In the...
DUFB tokens
Posted Aug 15, 2012 @ 7:29 AM
As summer’s bounty of farm-fresh produce continues to fill market stands, Fair Food Network (FFN) celebrated the third year of its Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in the Kent County area. One month after the Detroit launch at Eastern Market, FFN staff traveled west to Grand Rapids’...
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Posted Jul 25, 2012 @ 8:42 AM
Randi Dale and her 15-year-old daughter walked away from the farmers market in Battle Creek on Wednesday with bags full of locally-grown corn, cantaloupe, peaches and cucumbers. But instead of cash, the Battle Creek resident made her purchase with a different type of currency — tokens,...
Farm Bill PCC Trust
Posted Jul 24, 2012 @ 12:36 PM
In the early hours of July 12, the House Agriculture Committee passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 6083 AKA the Farm Bill) on a bipartisan vote of 35-11.
Malik Yakini
Posted Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:58 PM
Meet Malik Yakini, Co-Founder, and Executive Director Detroit Black Community Food Security Network