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Food Forests Take Root

Last spring, the city of Seattle announced plans for the nation’s first food forest, and people around the country immediately took notice. News of the 7-acre public park to be converted into a free, open, public food forest spread through blogs and other news publications and before long others decided to embrace the idea for their own community.

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Food Waste Entrepreneurs

These innovative entrepreneurs are turning the crisis of food waste into a profitable business opportunity.

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Organic vs. Conventional Farming

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With organic foods often demanding a much higher price tag, it’s important to understand whether those choices make a difference for your health or for the environment.

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If this innovative Swedish-American company is right, the future of farming might very well be up! Plantagon is constructing a 12-story vertical greenhouse in Sweden with plans to take their design ideas around the world.

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Not Industrial, Not Organic…

Not quite industrial but not fully organic, the Marsden farm study demonstrates a hybrid approach to farming that is just as productive while being better for the environment.

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Chefs Who Farm

Some of the top chefs around the country are taking the concept of ‘farm to table’ and the local food movement to a new level by purchasing and running their own farms.

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Real Time Farms

Real Time Farms makes it easy to eat local and make informed decisions about where your food comes from. It is a crowdsourced national food guide that helps users find certain foods grown or made in their area, and to add sources if they are lacking.

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Local Food Lab

The Local Food Lab, a Silicon Valley based start-up incubator, is focused on helping new social entrepreneurs get their local food business ideas up and running…

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PodPonics says that growing food in shipping containers is a ‘local everywhere’ approach.

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What are feed additives?

Have you ever wondered what the food you eat has been eating during its lifetime? It’s probably more complicated than you could imagine. Feed additives are huge multi-billion dollar business. From antibiotics to basic vitamins, learn more about the wild world of livestock feed.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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