January 18, 2012


In case you missed it, there's a lot of good news in the Local Food Movement. Especially in the Northern Heartland, stories of resilience abound:

* The Minneapolis City Council just incorporated a Food Council (a  government-business-citizen coalition) to support all local food efforts (community gardens, farmers markets, entrepreneurial businesses, composting, etc.) 

*Law makers in Minnesota, responding to consumer pressure, defeated proposed bills that would have made it illegal to produce undercover videos of livestock factory farms. 

* Across the region, small portable grocery stores, corner markets, food trucks are bring local food to food desserts. 

*Scientific evidence shows organic is better: organic chicken carries less risk of salmonella; organic milk is more nutritious; organic carrots have more nutrients.

*Rodale Institute's recently published long-term study proves that organic farming IS JUST AS PRODUCTIVE as conventional and it's better at building soil. (This is key because "yield" is at the heart of the "feed the world" discussion.)

It's a good time to read up on these good food matters. Here are some links to brighten your day:

The Best, Worst and Most Overlooked Food Stories of 2011
Alternet - Dec 16, 2011
Here's a look at what (sometimes baffling) stories Americans found most compelling and several important ones they missed.
The good food news of 2011
Grist - Dec 22, 2011
2011 was a big year for food politics. In case you dozed off anywhere along the way, read up on the year's most important stories below.
BOOK: Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture on California's Central Coast


Carrot Apple Parsley Slaw
Serves 2

3 carrots, grated
1 apple, cored and grated
1/4 cup grated red onion
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed cumin seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put the carrots, apple and onion into a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, cumin seeds then whisk in the sunflower oil. Toss with the carrots, then toss in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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