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The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities

New book published jointly by the USDA and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investment to Transform Communities

“This publication is designed to highlight the prospects available in the regional food systems sector, advance efforts to provide meaningful earnings and job opportunities for low- and moderate-income households and communities, and illustrate the vital partnerships needed to deploy the necessary knowledge and capital to support the sector’s continued growth.”

USDA – Household Food Security in the United States in 2016

Household Food Security in the United States in 2016 – “An estimated 87.7 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2016, meaning they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (12.3 percent) were food insecure at least… Continue Reading

Fortune – Change the World List

Fortune places JPMorgan Chase at the top of the latest Change the World List – doing well by doing good:  “More companies than ever are using the profit motive to solve a multitude of societal problems. Here’s our third annual list of the best of them. Click here to read more about the list and… Continue Reading

Guardian – Study finds plastic fibers found in tap water around the world

theguardian: “Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted. Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations… Continue Reading

Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

NRDC: “In 2012, NRDC published a groundbreaking report that revealed that up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. That is on average 400 pounds of food per person every year. Not only is that irresponsible—it’s expensive. Growing, processing, transporting, and disposing that uneaten food has an annual estimated cost of… Continue Reading

Axios – Visualizing the Flow of Goods Across America

“This map shows the flow of all domestic freight between states in 2015 using data from the Freight Analysis Framework, which is a comprehensive accounting of all commercial freight movement between states by all modes of transportation. This includes freight moved by trucks, trains, planes and pipelines, but excludes foreign imports and exports and freights… Continue Reading

Paper – Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats

Okin GS (2017) Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0181301. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181301 “In the US, there are more than 163 million dogs and cats that consume, as a significant portion of their diet, animal products and therefore potentially constitute a considerable dietary footprint. Here, the energy and animal-derived product consumption… Continue Reading

Hundreds of rules and proposed regs frozen or jettisoned by Trump administration

The Washington Post – “…The Trump administration said it was pulling or suspending 860 pending regulations. Of those, 469 were being completely withdrawn. Another 391 were being set aside or reevaluated. These proposed regulations could be revisited at some point or dropped altogether…“These rollbacks of critical public protections will leave American workers, consumers and children… Continue Reading

New site focuses on selling food and household essentials for $3 or less

Fast Company – This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less “Brandless wants to do away with corporate markups on everyday products, from corkscrews to organic maple syrup…Sharkey and Leffler set out to create a new landing point for a consumer who’s looking for quality and transparency, and eschews brand loyalty… Continue Reading

Climate change impacts are arriving sooner than anticipated

The Uninhabitable Earth – Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think. New York Magazine – David Wallace-Wells: “It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface… Continue Reading

USDA’s Local Food Directories

“USDA’s Local Food Directories help you locate farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and food hubs. The directories are managed and operated by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), a USDA agency with the core mission of facilitating the fair and efficient marketing of U.S. agricultural products. From customers looking to buy fresh local foods for their… Continue Reading

Dataset aggregates info on food spending habits using 3 million grocery orders

Center for Data Innovation – “Online grocery service Instacart has published a dataset containing information on 3 million grocery orders from more than 200,000 de-identified users from 2017. The dataset contains information on what products users purchased, the sequence they bought them in, when they placed the order, and the amount of time between Instacart orders.… Continue Reading