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Headline Harvest: A sustainable Passover; watching the greens grow; saving the bees

Spring has sprung, the weather is balmy (well, getting there...) and SWYF is ripe with the latest food and farm news. Take a read:

In consumer news:
In bee news:
Bees on borage, Hunts Brook Farm, 2012 - A.Gross
In farm justice news:
And, to make you feel even more paranoid about your food, you might want to check out the Food Fraud Database from USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention).

To end on a lighter note, here's really cool time-lapse footage of tomato seedlings:


Tomato Seedling Time Lapse from Dave (Splat) Le on Vimeo.

Chicken school: "Story of An Egg"

Want to school your egg-loving friends? Need some clarification on "sustainable" food labels? Watch and share the documentary "Story of An Egg," a participating film in the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival, here:


Liked what you saw? Vote for the documentary here! Check out this film and other projects by the creative people at The Lexicon of Sustainability initiative.

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!!

The Perennial Plate: Female seed savers reclaiming the food system

I'm currently working on a project that investigates seed saving networks and their role in promoting local food security and resiliency. (I know how amazingly boring that may sound...I'm working on a catchier pitch - suggestions welcome!) It largely began because I save some seeds, but I didn't know - and still don't know - fellow seed savers in my bioregion. In my early research, I'm surprised and delighted to read about seed saving in mainstream news publications on a more regular basis. I came across this beautiful, inspiring video from The Perennial Plate about female seed savers and farmers in India:


As Vandana Shiva (founder of Navdanya) states, "Most farmers are women. All seed savers are women...When women do farming, they do it for life. When women do farming, they do it for their children. They do it for nutrition. They do it for taste." This is why seed saving is so important: Seed saving preserves food, culture, history and empowers individuals. For these individuals in India, seed saving is a central, integral part of their livelihood and existence. My hope is that the more people, especially Americans and individuals in "developed" countries, who recognize the source of seeds and their corporate owners, the more they will acknowledge that seed saving is far more than a quaint hobby by backyard gardeners. Even with the prominence of GMOs, I don't think we're at a point yet in this country where seed saving is on-par with healthful, sustainably grown food dialogue. I hope we'll get there soon.

If you don't know about or follow The Perennial Plate, it's time to get on the wagon! Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine are talented storytellers who tirelessly shed light on all elements of our food system every week.