America’s punitive approach to food

Yesterday, a US-government appointed scientific panel released a 600-page report that will inform America’s new dietary guidelines. These guidelines only come out every five years, and they matter because they truly set the tone for how Americans eat: they’re used by doctors and nutritionists to guide patient care, by schools to plan kids’ lunches, and to calculate nutrition information on every food package you pick up, to name just a few areas of impact.

But this panel and their guidelines too often over-complicate what we know about healthy eating. They take a rather punitive approach to food, reducing it to its nutrient parts and emphasizing its relationship to obesity. Food is removed from the context of family and society and taken into the lab or clinic.

Help Build a Community Food Processing Center

Virginia Food Enterprise Centers (VAFEC)

Let’s Bring Professional Food Processing to Virginia’s Northern Piedmont

Virginia Food Enterprise Centers (VAFEC), a project of the Carver-Piedmont Agricultural Institute, is working to bring value-added food processing to Virginia’s Northern Piedmont region.

We have an opportunity to build a regional food processing center at the historic George Washington Carver Regional High School in Culpeper County.  The center will help provide farmers, food-related businesses, and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to expand or begin creating and selling locally grown, value-added products.

Our Mission: To restore underutilized facilities and establish new food processing centers to create value-added products using Virginia’s diverse produce and agricultural products.

To better understand the feasability of a regional food processing center, we would like to hear from area producers and growers, individuals and organizations, as well as potentialbuyers and other clients that would welcome a food processing facility in this region.  Please contact us to learn more about this initiative and how you can become involved.

  • Strengthen Local Food Systems
  • Provide Fair Markets for Farmers
  • Address Food Insecurity
  • Encourage Healthier Food Choices
  • Create Jobs and Inspire Entrepreneurism
  • Spur Economic Development

The community’s input is vital to creating a sustainable center that will benefit our local foods economy!
 
 
Virginia Food Enterprise Centers
138 Willow Way Lane
Haywood, Virginia 22722
(540) 923-4124
info@vafec.org

Love At First Bite – The Ad Doritos Don’t Want You to See

Rainforests across Southeast Asia are being destroyed every day to make way for massive palm oil plantations, where workers, even children, are trapped in modern slavery to cultivate the vegetable oil. The clearing of these rainforests and peatlands are driving many species like the orangutan and Sumatran tiger to the brink of extinction, while also polluting the Earth’s atmosphere by releasing gigatons of greenhouse gases.

“PepsiCo has contributed $1,716,300 to oppose the passage of California Proposition 37, which would mandate the disclosure of genetically modified crops used in the production of California food products.”

Each year, PepsiCo buys 427,500 tonnes of palm oil. Given how high profile the Doritos Super Bowl campaign is, we’re using this opportunity to let consumers around the world know about PepsiCo’s irresponsible palm oil sourcing policy. there’s never been a better time to spread the message and make friends, family and colleagues aware of PepsiCo’s practices.

please sign the petition to PepsiCo

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for January 11, 2015

Jenny Huston, MA, CEC, CDM, CFPP
Farm to Table Food Services
Oakland, CA 94606
415.235.9312

http://www.farmtotableservices.com/
chefjennyhuston@yahoo.com
Twitter: @chefjennyhuston

Fellow, Community Food & Justice Coalition
Oakland Food Policy Council Member

“Man is part of nature and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” -Rachel Carson

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and The Fresh Market Announce Partnership For Fair Food

Specialty Grocer to Join CIW’s Fair Food Program, Increase Purchases from Participating Florida Growers in Support of Groundbreaking Human Rights Initiative

 
Coalition For Fair FoodIMMOKALEE, FL (January 7, 2015) – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market are proud to announce their national partnership to support fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.

The collaboration breaks new ground in the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program in two significant ways. First, starting with the 2015-2016 season, The Fresh Market will increase its purchases by 15% year-over-year from Florida tomato growers participating in the Fair Food Program. This is an important new precedent that recognizes and supports growers who are making significant investments to improve labor conditions on their farms with increased market share.

Second, The Fresh Market will make an annual contribution to support the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), the third-party monitoring organization that oversees compliance with the Fair Food Program’s unique human rights standards. The essential work of the FFSC includes investigating and resolving workers’ complaints, auditing farms for compliance with the Fair Food Code of Conduct, and enforcing the FFP’s standards. Through the FFSC’s diligent efforts, the Fair Food Program has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

“We are pleased to enter into this partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and to be a part of the Fair Food Program,” said Lee Arthur, The Fresh Market’s merchandising vice president – produce, floral and gift center. “We continuously look for ways to source the best products, and being a part of the FFP helps us to know we are sourcing from growers whose practices are fair and socially responsible. This allows us to provide our customers with food they can feel good about purchasing and enjoy sharing with friends and family.”

“This agreement truly takes the Fair Food Program to a new level,” said the CIW’s Guadalupe Gonzalo.  “The FFP is pioneering a new form of social responsibility, one in which we as workers ourselves take a leading role in protecting our own rights in the fields.”

“But we can’t do this alone,” continued Gonzalo. “The FFP is a day-to-day, careful partnership with growers and buyers alike aimed at ensuring that the workplace environment in Florida’s fields is second to none. We have achieved that goal. And now, with this agreement and its new provisions in support of participating growers and the Fair Food Standards Council – two elements essential to the Program’s success — we have laid the groundwork to sustain and scale up those gains well into the future.”

To learn more about the Fair Food Program, please visit www.fairfoodprogram.org

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About the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Based in Immokalee, Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. To learn more about the CIW, please visit http://ciw-online.org/about/
About The Fresh Market, Inc.
Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 168 stores in 27 states across the U.S.  The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for January 4, 2015

Jenny Huston, MA, CEC, CDM, CFPP
Farm to Table Food Services
Oakland, CA 94606
415.235.9312

http://www.farmtotableservices.com/
chefjennyhuston@yahoo.com
Twitter: @chefjennyhuston

Fellow, Community Food & Justice Coalition
Oakland Food Policy Council Member

“Man is part of nature and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” -Rachel Carson