Category Archives: Issues

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 24, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

10 Cities Leading the Conversation on Sustainable Eating (The Daily Meal)

The New Farmers (Orion)

Students Aren’t Eating Healthy School Lunches Despite Availability; How Cafeterias Fail To Improve Student Health (Medical Daily)

Students Tweet Pics of What Might Be the Saddest School Lunches You’ve Ever Seen (Takepart)

First Grader Was Told ‘Guess What You Can’t Have Lunch’ Because His Family was in Debt (Nation of Change)

How much should we pay for food? (Medium)

Cranberry Man of 50 Years Yields to Global Glut: A Day’s Work (Bloomberg)

Global Cost Of Obesity Rises To $2 Trillion A Year (Huffington Post)

Report: How the world could better fight obesity (McKinsey)

Is 4-H trying to hook African farmers on costly seeds? (Grist)

Can Whole Food Change the Way Poor People Eat? (Slate)

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Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 17, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods (Truthout)

Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe (EU), More Growth Needed – Study (AllAfrica)

Study: Global assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture: irrigated and rainfed croplands (Environmental Research Letters)

Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life (Nation of Change)

Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion (NYT)

The fight for seed sovereignty in Ghana (World Development Movement)

Why We Need a Policy for Food, Health and Wellbeing (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Rethinking School Lunch Oakland (OUSD Central Kitchen)

Inside School Food: Episode 21 – Sustainable California Chicken for California Kids (Heritage Radio Network)

Millions of Ladybugs Converge in Oakland Redwoods (The Bold Italic)

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Watch the Exclusive Worldwide Premiere of Origins

Find out who’s hijacking your health…
and how to reclaim it!

Origins (movie)

About the Filmmakers

Pedram Shojai, OMD, is the founder of Well.Org, the editor of BeMore! Magazine, the author of Rise and Shine, and the producer and director of the documentary films “Vitality” and “Origins.” It was when he ran a large medical practice treating patients with the same lifestyle-induced ailments again and again, that Dr. Shojai began his mission — to help people understand the intrinsic connection between their lifestyle, their health and the vitality of our planet. He works to preserve our natural world and wake us all up to our fullest potential.

Mark van Wijk is a filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Photography at Port Elizabeth Technikon, specialising in travel. After 4 years of travel he then made a natural progression onto film and television.

“The great outdoors gives me energy – the earth and nature inspires me in my work and in my life! Respect for all is my only rule! People need to understand that they are actually a part of nature and my dream is for my work to bridge the divide that civilization and technology have created”

The message in the film – Origins – kept me inspired throughout the entire project. I am so happy and privileged to have been able to make this film with Pedram and I believe it carries a message that all of us need to understand and live towards!

Join Tom Philpott and the CIW in Austin for the Texas premiere of Food Chains

The Revolution in America's FieldsDear Friends,

Join us tomorrow for the Texas premiere of Food Chains, a penetrating documentary about the success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in transforming the agricultural industry!

The film’s producers include actress Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker narrates.

UT students were among their earliest allies in the fledgling struggle. In November 2001, just months after the CIW quietly launched its campaign, several Longhorns met Immokalee farmworkers at a gathering in Georgia, bringing back to the 40 Acres a commitment to organize in solidarity 1.

Silvia Perez, a farmworker leader of the CIW, will join us from Immokalee for the special screening, taking part in a panel after the film along with Food Chains producer Smriti Keshari; Tom Philpott, food & agribusiness correspondent for Mother Jones; and Lou Dubose, editor of The Washington Spectator.

Texas Premiere of Food Chains
Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7 PM
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
presented by the Austin Film Society

Marvelous Mexican folk music from Son Armado will precede the screening. Cost is $8 for the general public; $5 for students with ID and Austin Film Society members.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 23rd at 2 PM — Nely Rodriguez of the CIW will be in Austin for a protest at the Wendy’s restaurant located at East 7th Street & the I-35 access road.

Hope to see you tomorrow at The Marchesa!


Fair Food Austin

Since 2001, Fair Food Austin has organized with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for fair wages and dignified working conditions in the U.S. agricultural industry. The CIW is a farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee, Florida with over 4,000 members. The CIW has aided in the prosecution by the Department of Justice of six slavery operations and the liberation of well over 1,000 workers.

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 9, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives (Washington Post)

A just food systems for all Californians (Aljazeera America)

Pedalling the way to cleaner food (Sustainable Food Trust)

The Right to Food: An Interview With Hilal Elver (Truthout)

Your Guide to Finding a Sustainably Raised Turkey (GRACE)

Grow Your Own “Unretirement” – Minnesota Hmong on the Farm (New America Media)

Red Lobster goes back into its shell (Yahoo!)

20,000 baby chickens die in Pennsylvania barn fire (SF Chronicle)

Why Did Fort Lauderdale Police Arrest an Old Man for Feeding Homeless People? (Truthout)

Drop That Plate Right Now: Cops Arrest 90-Year-Old Advocate and Clergy For Scary Crime of Feeding the Hungry (CommonDreams)

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Katie Couric Hosts “Fed Up” in Charlottesville Tomorrow

It’s predicted that if nothing is done about this continuous cascade of sugar into the American diet, in two decades 95 percent of Americans will be obese or overweight. Couric says that if this unprecedented consumption of sugar is not curtailed, by 2050 one out of three Americans will have diabetes.

This clarion call for the use of common sense when it comes to sugar shouldn’t be dismissed as just the latest scare tactics from no-fun leaf-and-twig eaters. Studies show that because of rampant obesity among children today, youngsters are on track to be the first generation in memory to have a life expectancy shorter than that of their parents.

“The average American eats almost one pound of sugar and flour a day altogether,” Hyman said. “That amount creates a vicious cycle of addiction, where you crave more and eat more sugar.

“Studies that show sugar can be eight times more addictive than cocaine. Sugar, not fat, creates a triple whammy for weight — an increase in hunger and sugar cravings, an increase in fat storage and a decrease in metabolic rate.

“It is also the major driver of heart attacks, stroke, dementia, many cancers and, of course, type 2 diabetes.

Artificial sweeteners can actually be more addictive than regular sugar. Artificial sweeteners jack up your cravings, driving you to eat more food over the course of the day. Just say no to sugar and artificial sweeteners.”

“Fed Up” will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at UVa’s Culbreth Theatre. A discussion with Katie Couric, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Christine M. Burt Solorzano will follow the screening. For tickets and a full schedule of films and events for the 27th annual Virginia Film Festival, go to

Related: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Metabolic Disease