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How to Keep Food Safe in Power Outages and Floods

Keep the fridge and freezer closed during a power outage

Photo: Kathleen Franklin via Flickr

When dealing with severe weather, the priority is keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe. If the power goes out — and is out for a while — it’s important to keep your food from spoiling and know how to decide what to toss it if does go bad.

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Seed Sharing, Coming to a Library Near You

A diverse food system is a more secure food system. With extreme weather and other pressures on our food supply, age-old practices like seed sharing are becoming more important for the future.

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“The Dust Bowl”

"Dust Bowl 1930 to 1940" by Matthew S Kennedy

Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns’ film “The Dust Bowl” offers lessons on the perils of pushing nature too hard, and what can happen when nature pushes back.

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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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