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Posted Mar 14, 2013 @ 8:50 AM
Obese people account for 37 percent of the United States’ population, but obesity-related diseases and health problems account for 61 percent of healthcare costs in the United States every year (“The Economics of Overweight and Obesity,” 2007). The costs exceed $147 billion per...
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Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:12 PM
Besides redesigning the food system to ensure access to healthy food for all, Fair Food Network knows that a sustainable food system can also mean economic development for Detroiters. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Fair Food Network implemented the pilot Detroit Grocery Incubator (DGI) program,...
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Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 9:39 AM
With two new budget and fiscal crises looming at the end of February and the end of March, Farm Bill program reductions are again being offered as a way to avert across-the-board governments cuts referred to as “sequestration.”
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Posted Feb 13, 2013 @ 10:43 AM
Meeting the food needs of 9 billion people by 2050 will require increasing agricultural productivity in combination with other factors such as improving the nutritional quality of families’ diets.
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Posted Jan 24, 2013 @ 10:54 AM
Conventional wisdom says that to change behavior you need to use both a carrot and a stick. Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks Program (DUFB) demonstrates that even small incentives will change food purchasing and consumption habits.
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Posted Jan 14, 2013 @ 1:33 PM
Outreach, grants fuel growth and increased access Michigan farmers markets experienced a 42 percent increase in the number of purchases made using a Bridge Card last year, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.
Farm Bill PCC Trust
Posted Jan 9, 2013 @ 9:38 AM
Pre-dawn on New Year’s Day, the Senate passed a bill to temporarily avert the “fiscal cliff,” a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that could have sent the economy plummeting back into recession. A surprise eight-month extension of the current Farm Bill was attached to...
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Posted Dec 12, 2012 @ 10:28 AM
Among the loose ends that lawmakers would like to tie up before the end of this lame-duck session is the farm bill, which is made up mostly of crop subsidies and food stamps.
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Posted Dec 6, 2012 @ 11:26 AM
Senators and Representatives are back in Washington, DC for the final session of the 112th Congress, and speculation is high about whether the Farm Bill will get done before the final gavel. As Congress and the White House negotiate how to avoid the $500 billion in tax increases and budget cuts...
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Posted Dec 5, 2012 @ 9:51 AM
Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All Oran B. Hesterman (PublicAffairs, 2012) As 21/64 embarks on establishing our new donor education collaborative, “Ripe for Change,” in partnership with the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Local Economies Project we were...