A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1prpYqO
Record gourd tips scales at Half Moon Bay pumpkin fest (SFGate) http://bit.ly/1w4zRhR
LA City Council introduces plan to encourage urban farming (LA Times) http://lat.ms/1vPbPbG
Save the climate, pay a farmer (Grist) http://bit.ly/1F6SgRj
Farm-to-Table Gives Us Food That Tastes Good- but Chef Dan Barber Wants More (Takepart) http://bit.ly/11RGU4l
New SF restaurant’s mission: Save the environment (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1vzrfTG
Zero Food Footprint http://bit.ly/1DfhZ8j
Americans on Food Aid Document Their Hunger in Photos (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1s4YwSM
Whole Foods Is Now Ranking Produce By Eco-Friendliness (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1w8ZhMj
Wait Till You See Whole Food’s Newest Food Label (Takpart) http://bit.ly/1vxUipw
Should big business get out of the food business? (Grist) http://bit.ly/1vzqB7j
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1peSCdn
Imports, small harvest hit famed New Mexico chili peppers (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/WBnZYh
We Must Degrow the ‘Corporate Food Regime’: Food Sovereignty Advocate (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1CPIS3e
The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/1umvUWU
Reports Says ‘Green’ Businesses Donate Millions to Congressional Climate Deniers (EcoWatch) http://bit.ly/1qJmxOL
Report: #Disrupt Denial: How Big Business is Funding Climate Change Denial in the 113th Congress and Why They Should Stop (Forecast The Facts) http://bit.ly/1xE9GU4
10 Ways to Grow a Better Food System (Food Tank) http://bit.ly/WCVmtU
Endless War in the Fertile Crescent: How Modern Crises Threaten Ancient Food Supply (Common Dreams) http://bit.ly/1pNpr0Q
Just because you can go foraging doesn’t mean you should (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1uCm9TQ
Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime (NPR) http://n.pr/1qC68Nn
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil.
And that orange you just ate to help ward off a cold? It’s entirely possible that it contains no vitamin C at all.
A study looking at vegetables from 1930 to 1980, found that iron levels had decreased by 22 percent, and calcium content by 19 percent. In the United Kingdom, from 1940 to 1990, copper content in vegetables fell by 76 percent, and calcium by 46 percent. The mineral content in meat was also significantly reduced.
Food forms the building blocks of our bodies and health. Soil forms the basis for healthy food. Unhealthy soil grows poor quality food. And poor quality food means poor health.
So what’s happened to our soil? It’s been under assault since the advent of modern industrial agriculture, with its monocrops, fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides.
The term “biodiversity” evokes images of a rich variety of plants—trees, flowers, grasses, fruits, vegetables—mixed in with an equally diverse collection of animals, insects and wildlife, all co-existing in a lush environment.
But there’s a whole world of biodiversity that lives beneath the surface of the earth—at least in areas where the soil hasn’t been destroyed. And that biodiversity is essential for the growth of nutrient-rich foods.
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation (Yes!) http://bit.ly/1up19j7
This Is What a Farmer Looks Like (Mother Jones) http://bit.ly/1lv9Vvs
School Administrators: Kids Like Healthy Lunches Just Fine (Time) http://ti.me/1qYvORI
If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France (Truthout) http://bit.ly/1AcKpMG
Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm (Buzzfalsh) http://bit.ly/1riCSv1
In America, Only The Poor’s Eating Habits Aren’t Improving (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/1rJPCgx
The Food Gap Is Widening (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/1pF7qrr
Study: Trends in Dietary Quality Among Adults in the United States, 1999 Through 2010 (JAMA Internal Medicine) http://bit.ly/1rLzA5M
Food stamp use is falling, and even the Wall Street Journal has noticed (Daily Kos) http://bit.ly/1lQ238g
Chips before pawpaw: Cook Islanders lose taste for healthy, local food (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/1CmNldF
The Secret Pot-Growing Operations in America’s Cornfields (The Atlantic) http://theatln.tc/1qxxGlo
Invasion of the corn snatchers (Grist) http://bit.ly/1uwlt12
Tamatem Ma’Amrine is a Moroccan dish of roasted tomatoes stuffed with albacore, capers, olives and preserved lemon..
Adapted from a recipe by Claudia Roden
Carve a lid out of the tomatoes and scoop out the insides as you would a jack-o’-lantern. Don’t let the walls get too thin, or the tomatoes will split while roasting. Turn the tomatoes upside down and let the water drain.
Meanwhile, flake apart US Pacific troll or line-caught albacore and toss gently in extra virgin olive oil with bits of roasted red pepper, coarsely chopped capers and black olives, thinly slivered preserved lemon and chopped flat-leaf parsley.
Season tuna mixture with cracked coriander, fennel and white sesame seeds and stuff into the tomatoes.
Drizzle with a little more olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Roast in a 375 degree oven until slightly blackened, perhaps 30 minutes.
Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold; a crisp salad goes well in either case.
This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays