Food In the News
Recent news items about topics related to this year's Reading Together program.
The air is cold and the snow is deep, but inside the hoop houses at Green Garden Community Farm the greens are growing. Donna McClurkan talks to Trent and Ruthie Thompson about their year round operation and the slow money that made it possible. (More...)
—Southwest Michigan's Second Wave, March 6, 2014
LATE on Saturday, Feb. 8, news broke of the recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef that had come through a Northern California slaughterhouse. Social media buzzed with tweets and posts pronouncing it the latest example of a dysfunctional industrialized food system incapable of producing safe meat. “Buy local!” “Know your farmer!” “Eat grass-fed beef!”
The problem was that this slaughterhouse, the Rancho Feeding Corporation, didn’t handle only commodity beef. (More...)
—New York Times, March 2, 2014
"The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced that the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will support a three-year project, “A Taste of Music: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Goes to Market,” with a $50,000 grant.
'A Taste of Music' combines two notable components of the A2SO’s Education and Outreach programming – its ensembles composed of professional A2SO musicians, and its Instrument Petting Zoos." (More...)
—Ann Arbor Journal, February 13, 2014
In inner cities and poor rural areas across the country, public health advocates have been working hard to turn around food deserts — neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce, and greasy fast food abounds. In many cases, they're converting dingy, cramped corner markets into lighter, brighter venues that offer fresh fruits and vegetables. In some cases, they're building brand new stores. (More...)
—National Public Radio, February 10, 2014
"Buried in more than 900 pages of the new farm bill is a small nationwide program that will allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets.
It’s not an empty gesture Congress is making to the poor after slashing $8 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program budget, advocates said. They see it as a program that will help tens of thousands of SNAP users eat more nutritious foods, perhaps avoiding a paradox of the poor: getting fat on food stamps." More...
—Washington Post, January 30, 2014
"For the first time in its 15 year history, the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference will take place at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City on Feb. 1, 2014. Despite its name, the conference hosts participants from all around the state and has become such a popular annual gathering that according to co-chair Amanda Kik, “We needed to move to a bigger barn!”" More...
—Michigan State University Extension, January 20, 2014
"A Mattawan family's farm may be safe, but changes under consideration by the Michigan Agriculture Commission could strip future small farmers of protection under Michigan's Right to Farm act, according to an "action alert" sent Jan. 7 by the Michigan Small Farm Council." More...
—MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette, January 20, 2014