Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Odds and ends

Here are a couple of odds and ends that I wanted to post today.

First up, my last article on bottled water (I promise). This city decided that there will be no bottled water sold in all of their municipal buildings. Taking the idea that St. Louis took one step further. The article is called “No Bottled Water in London, Ontario” by Bonnie Alter at Treehugger.

Next, I have an article for those who are the of the garden variety. According to Anita Joggerst at the St. Louis Pos-DispatchIt’s Time to Sow for Autumn Crops“. Where has the summer gone?

Last, this one today just makes me happy. It’s entitled “Maine Conservationists Reach Milestone in Plan to Buy 3 Dams” by Katie Zezima at the New York Times. Yea!


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Just a couple of more

I just saw this one in the New York Times entitled “Cutting Out the Middlemen, Shoppers Buy Slices of Farms” by Susan Saulny at the New York Times.

The other article is “As Food Costs Soar, It’s Back to Basics for Meal Planners” by Nanci Hellmich at USA Today.

Good Reading!

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The sun is shining…

Now that I’ve begun to explore this 100 mile diet a little more, and since I don’t have a lot of articles left on it, I’m going to post some articles here on a sub-plot of the 100 mile diet, local gardens.

First up, this article that I came across in the New York Times and is entitled “Urban Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market” by Tracie McMillian.

This next one is “The Vegetable Patch Takes Root” by Anne Marie Chaker at the Wall Street Journal.

Here’s another one from the Wall Street Journal entitled “Green  Acres II: When Neighbors Become Farmers” by Kelly K. Spors.

Finally, to see the results of local farms and our kids, lets turn to “Farm to School Lunch Table” by Annie Bell Muzaurieta at the Daily Green.

Good thing I already ate!

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100 Mile Diet

Well, I’ve taken my next excursion into the 100 Mile Diet. Today I began to investigate the local grocery store where I purchase food sometimes when I’m on my lunch hour at work. As the person who does the shopping, my next step is to investigate where we buy our groceries.

Later today or tomorrow I hope to post a few more articles on this growing movement. As for me and my family, I will keep you posted.


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I would walk 100 miles

Since yesterday I got the chance to eat some of the food from my garden and our neighborhood garden, I tought I would post a few articles on the 100 mile diet. If you need more, see my previous post on local food movement and 100 mile diet here.

This one over at the Daily Green discusses the pros and cons of the 100 mile diet. It’s entitled “Food Miles: Do They Matter? ” by Annie Bell Mazaurieta.

Here’s another article discussing the issue over at Treehugger entitled “ Fair Trade vs. Food Miles: One Welshman’s View” by Eliza Barclay.

This last one, “Some Carbon with Your Kiwi” by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger also gives some more insight in food miles, some silly and some extravagant.

Finally, here’s an article about a midwestern group that is taking on the issue by “Addressing Sustainability and Hunger in Eastern Iowa” by cgottsch at Ecospace.

Okay, since I’ve been reading this great book called “Kitchen Literacy” by Ann Vileisis lately, I thought I would throw in this one last article, relating in part to the 100 Mile Diet. It’s “Becoming a Kitchen Gardener” by Michael, also over at Ecospace.

Happy Dining!

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With the floods comes the backwash

Floods can do damage in so many ways. Here are a few articles just on the subject of food:

First we have, “Midwest Flooding Could Push Prices of Foods Higher” by Grant Schulte, Judy Keen and Andrea Stone at USA Today. It amazes me how many factors can influence food prices.

Then this article was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled ” Floods Cast Cloud Over Food Prices” by Rick Callahan of the Associated Press. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the link. I will try again tomorrow.

There was this article over at the New York Times “In Midwest Floods, a Broad Threat to Crops” by Susan Saulny. This article tells the story of Dave Timmerman’s small farm up in Newhall Iowa, near Cedar Rapids (where I was born many years ago).

Finally, this last article talks about the shipping of food and it’s entitled “Midwest Floods Cripple Shippers” by Alex Roth and Thomas M. Burton. Unfortunately, it’s available as it’s over at the Wall Street Journal.


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Kids and food

Since I’ve been trying to get my kids into gardening this summer, including the discussion of food as we do our grocery shopping on Saturday mornings, I thought I would share a couple of articles on kids and food.

The first one came out today actually, “Cookies Perch as No. 1 Snack For Kids Starts to Crumble” by Nanci Hellmich at USA Today. Yea!

Next, more good news. “Schools Trim Snacks, Stress Nutrition” by Stephanie Nano via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

On a broader note, there is a great article on a book that I’ve been trying to get a hold of for awhile now entitled “Seedfolks” over at Ecospace. Since my computer froze last time attempting to find the link to the article, I willhave to post it tomorrow.  

Finally, half way around the world is where this article “Intrepid Group Sows Seeds of Environmental Awareness Among Iraqi Youth” by Kenny Luna at Treehugger comes from.



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How to Grow a Seed

Having just read this book to my kids tonight and with some seeds we just planted coming up in the last couple of days, here’s a list of articles on gardening that I’ve been meaning to get out.

First, “Grow the Ultimate Vegetable Garden” by Jasmin Malik Chua over at Planet Green. For those of you still thinking about having a garden but still haven’t done it.

Next, for those of you into gardening and cycling, check out “The Women’s Garden Cycles Tour” over at Ecospace.

If you don’t have much room for building a garden, then try container gardening and I highly recommend this article entitled “This ain’t your grandaddy’s farm – urban agriculture catching on” by Patrick Metzger at Green Daily.

Finally, if you need a reason to plant a garden, here’s the article for you. It’s “The World Needs a Farming Revolution! Declares U.N. Report” by Tim McGee at Treehugger.

Maybe that’ll plant a seed in someone!


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The farmer in the dell…

I’m not exactly sure what a “dell” is (I guess I’ll have to research that in the morning), but here are  just a few of the stories in the news on farming and how it’s sweeping the nation.

Lets start in Virginia with “Saavy Farmers Open the Gate to Agritourism” by Laura Bly at USA Today.  With more and more people wanting to know where there food is coming from, this was bound to happen.

From there, we’ll head to New York and “Urban Farmers Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market” by Tracie McMillan at the New York Times. Again, people are looking for local food.

Then we go down to Philadelphia and “Where Industry Once Hummed, Urban Garden Finds Success” by Jon Hurdle, again at the New York Times.

Finally, we’ll finish with an article from good old St. Louis,  “Sweet Tast of Hard Times” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Chow for now!


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May day (the day after)

Hard to believe it around here given the great fluctuation in temperature but it’s spring. That said, lets talk a little about gardening. Not your ordinary gardening but guerilla gardening.

Over at Ecospace, there’s a great article that gives a little background on the international guerrilla gardening movement entitled “Guerrilla Gardening – A Global Movement” by Jaye.

Next, at Inhabitat comes this neat article called “Leah Gauthier’s Micro-Farming Sow-In Project” by Abigail Doan. This maybe a place I go to get my seeds next year.

And what’s go best with gardening but “Minimalist’s Composting: Why it’s Worth it” by Theminimalist at Ecospace.

On a bigger scale of farming,k here’s a good read on the global food crisis entitled “Native Seeds Fight Food Shortage and Global Warming” by Tim McGee at Treehugger.

Lastly, while trying to stay out of the political arena, here’s an article on the “U.S. Responds to Worsening Global Food Crisis” by Melissa Schober at The Daily Green.

Almost forgot this one. Here’s an article on the latest book on guerrilla gardening entitled “A Handbook for Guerrilla Gardening” by Bonnie Alter at Treehugger. The book is called “On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries” by Richard Reynolds.

Okay, last article I promise. Here’s an interesting article over at NPR on how our climate affects our food. It’s entitled “In Highland Peru, a Culture Confronts Blight” by Joanne Silberner.

Plenty of food for thought!


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