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New Program Offers Grants to Food Deserts

More than 23 million Americans across the country live in so-called food deserts, which have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. Happily, transportation and distribution of fresh healthy food to these areas will be improved via grants from two major distribution and conservation players. CSX and The Conservation Fund teamed up to create a […]

Retailers Form an Alliance to Promote Food Conservation

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Big…The Food Marketing Institute may be well known to insiders as a massive trade show, idea marketplace, and schmooze fest. But the group is serious about food conservation. In partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and other commercial stakeholders, FMI participates in the Food Waste Reduction Alliance Project. The stated goal of the group […]

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Fake Food and Food Fraud Make Real Problems

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When is olive oil not virgin? Does it matter that the label says “100%” juice? For manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, the answers to these food fraud questions carry real world consequences. What we eat is no longer merely an exercise in culinary snobbery. Globalization of the food supply chain has introduced multiple potential points at […]

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Earth Policy Institute Sounds the Food Security Alarm

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A new publication from Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute offers up a sober take on the current state of food availability. It’s not pretty. If Full Planet, Empty Plates reads less like a cold theoretical analysis and more like an impassioned plea from an activist, it’s because the author’s motives are laid […]

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CEO: Tax, Healthcare Changes Hurting Northwest Ohio Food Banks

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We’ve heard it from many sources: The tepid economy is creating problems for food banks nationwide.West Ohio Food Bank CEO Gary Bright says donations are down 40 percent overall. Corporate donations are down 80 percent. It’s true in Bellingham, Washington, too. In a report from the January 26, 2013, Bellingham Herald, Linda Nageotte, president and CEO […]

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Restaurants: Who’s Regulating What?

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Volumes of books and acres of movie footage have addressed the regulation of restaurants.The rules are local, state, and federal. In short, restaurants have a lot of rules to follow in serving food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, manages much of […]

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