Sesame attacks Hunger

•October 6, 2011 • 1 Comment

One in four children in the United States is food insecure, not knowing when their next meal will be. This special episode of Sesame Street broaches the issue of hunger, how to gently educate children, as well as providing clear and easy actions to take.

A little bit of positive messaging about a serious issue and ways to attack it. Way to go, Elmo!

Air date for the Special is October 9th, 2011.

Food Issues

•October 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

As we roll into the changing of seasons, prepping our tastebuds for the autumnal flavors, there is plenty of great gastronomical reading for us to digest! Both The Nation and The New York Times have released their annual Food Issues.

From these journalists, we can learn:

And, if I had to borrow a manifesto about food, Mark Bittman’s prolific statement would be it: “Which brings us to how food can change the world. For people to eat well, to live well, to thrive and be healthy (and for health care costs to become more affordable), for agriculture and rural areas and even towns and cities to be sustainable — that is, for agriculture and land and water and labor to endure — the food system has to change. That means working locally, nationally, globally. Fix school lunches. Support a farmer, or start growing your own vegetables. Work for a member of Congress who is committed to making Big Food pay its way. Support fair treatment of workers — and of animals too. As a friend of mine said recently, there’s plenty of good work to do. With food it can really have an impact, not only on your life but on everyone’s.”

Take some time to savor these great works!

Rise in theft linked to rise in food prices?

•September 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It certainly seems that way! Today, Time reported that pig thefts are on the rise. In the last few months, over 1000 hogs have been stolen in the Midwest.

Currently, the price for a pig is around $200, a record. This attracts criminal activity, as pigs can be stolen and later sold. In addition,  pigs are often indistinguishable from one another, so knowing which pigs are legitimate or stolen is virtually impossible.

October 16th: Who’s Coming to Dinner?

•September 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The World is, of course! Well, maybe not the whole world, but you if utilize this great resource from Oxfam you can entertain your friends and family while discussing global concerns.

Sunday October 16th is World Food Day. It is a great time to reflect on our global food systems, its opportunities, blessings, and flaws. But what if we invited some friends over, cooked an inexpensive meal or even had it potluck style, and used this resource guide full of banners, posters, dvds, placemats, facts sheets and more! Oh yes, and the resources are free.

There are even ways to bring Faith into this discussion. Consider:

Maybe we can’t change everything negative about our food system. But maybe by coming together, with good friends and good food, we could find ourselves in a good discussion about what we can do together.

 

First Fridays for Food Security

•August 30, 2011 • 1 Comment

Those of us who attended Catholic Schools may remember the routines of First Friday’s- mass and early dismissal! Where this still occurs, the U.S. bishops have asked a larger task of their congregation.

For a year, the bishops have asked that we only eat meals that only cost as much as is alloted to families of our size by the USDA Modified Thrifty Food Plan. This is the basis for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP and formerly called food stamps).  Staying in budget is seen as a type of fasting.

Visit the Facebook page for First Fridays for Food Security to find resources, interact with others, and calculate your budget!

What a great way to raise awareness and be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters!

 

 

Natural and GMO filled?

•August 29, 2011 • 1 Comment

There is a a new class action lawsuit against Con Agra for mis-using the term ‘natural’ in labelling on it’s products. The problem: the products contain genetically modified organisms.

“Natural” is a term that runs rampant in our grocery stores, but what does it mean and who is in charge of enforcing a definition? Shouldn’t we be able to know what is in our food, and shouldn’t that be clear as day, and not deceptive?

Check out this Grist article explaining this lawsuit and it’s implications of the wider food industry.

 

Can Vending Machines Be Healthy?

•August 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Is it possible, or is this just another fad?

Watch this video and tell us what you think about this idea!

Food Price Points

•August 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Where are the most hard hit areas with concerns to price hikes in food? Look no further than Oxfam’s map!

Click on the red tabs to learn about the situation, the cause, and the remedy.

Tax the Bad?

•August 8, 2011 • 1 Comment

This article has certainly struck a chord! Author Mark Bittman suggests taxing the bad food and subsidizing the good food. What do YOU think?

Increase farm to school programs!

•July 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Noticing the popularity of farm to school programs, the USDA has officially decided to seek avenues in how to increase these beneficially programs.

From “USDA seeks ways to boost farm-to-school programs”:

“We know that children are very disconnected from agriculture … literally thinking food comes from a grocery store,” Merrigan said. But many schools use farm-to-school programs to work agriculture into the curriculum, she said, transforming the lunchroom into a classroom.”