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Hungry, underfed in the U.S.: "A Place at the Table"

Watch Jon Stewart's interview with Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson of "A Place at the Table," a documentary about hunger, food insecurity and food access in the U.S:


The free-loading argument of receiving federal food assistance is long gone: 80% of SNAP recipients are working, employed individuals. There's no reason for hunger in the U.S. As Silverbush and Jacobson suggest, we can't simply blame the problems of food insecurity on a single entity, namely the government. It's time to magnify the interconnected flaws in our food system, and, our role as citizens to speak up. This film is a place to start the dialogue:


As Jeff Bridges suggests, if another country had our rates of food insecurity, we'd be at war or, at least, outraged. "A Place at the Table" is available on iTunes, OnDemand and select theaters this Friday, March 1. There's also a wealth of information on the film's site for action initiatives, public outreach and viewing options. Take a look. Re-blog, tweet or share this post or any information from "A Place at the Table" - just get the word out!!

Headline Harvest: Silencing factory farm reports; Bad news for organics; Colbert's take on climate change

It's that time again! (I would have written something clever about grabbing a blanket and getting cozy by the fire, but it was 60 degrees here in CT today...in January.) So, get comfortable in your favorite reading spot and read the latest:

In keeping with this freakishly warm weather, a word from Mr. Colbert:



In natural resources news:
In shortcomings-of-the-Farm-Bill-and-commodities news:

Headline Harvest: Monsanto doubles profits; kids offer hope through gardens; the quinoa problem

It's colder than usual outside, so bundle up and pretend it's warmer with these freshly picked headlines (I know, I know...)

In GMO/Monsanto news:
  • "Monsanto's Earnings Nearly Double As They Create A Farming Monopoly" - Charlotte Silver, for Al Jazeera, as published on AlterNet.org
    • From the article: Monsanto knows that consumers won't voluntarily buy their products - a lesson learned in Europe when GE foods there were required to be labelled as such. In America, the company and its allies have spend millions to defeat local labelling initiatives, most recently in California. But if the company successfully crowds out conventional farmers, Americans won't have a choice - with or without a label."
In consumer demand & awareness news:
  • "Can Healthy Eaters Stomach the Uncomfortable Truth About Quinoa?" - Joanna Blythman, The Guardian, as published on AlterNet.org
    • From the article: But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extend that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it...In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture. (my emphasis added)
  • "12 Disturbing Facts About Farm Labor Conditions" - Roque Planas, Huffington Post
In farmland news:
In kids-are-cute-and-full-of-hope news:

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NPR: "FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply"

It's about time. Any actions toward wider, more stringent safety procedures and practices - and an eye on large farming operations - are certainly beneficial to the reform and health of our food system. Yet, I'm a bit wary of the argument made in the story that suggests that small farms should be included under the new FDA rules...

Food MythBusters: "Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?"



Food friends! What a perfect find for our year of food literacy (if I do say so myself).

What you just watched is the latest production by the Food MythBusters from the Real Food Media Project. The Project is the brainchild of Anna Lappe and Corporate Accountability International. Check out the Project's site - amazing! 

It's an incredible resource to bookmark for insider food nerds like myself as well as, well, anyone who eats food. Visit, learn and share resources and/or the video you just watched.