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Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

Cyclists Plan to Use Pedal Power to Help San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 8th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep is a charity bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 7.

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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That’s obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That’s one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.

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Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules

Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Philippine disaster is an example why it increasingly makes sense to buy food close to where its needed rather than ship it across the globe. Most U.S. food aid, though, travels to hotspots from U.S. ports. Critics say that wastes time and money.

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Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

Bison Brewery Grows Hops in Oakland, Brews Up Local Beer

| November 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

When Bison Brewery decided to grow hops in Oakland they didn’t expect to end up with plants all over the city, 40 kegs of specially-brewer beer and a festival this weekend. But, that’s what they harvested.

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In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

| October 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

In the U.S., 40% of the food we produce gets throw away. Most of that ends up in landfills, instead of on the plates of the hungry. A few organizations in the Bay Area are hoping to change that.

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Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Twitter icon Feminist Hulk is pummeling away at the shutdown’s funding threats to WIC, the federal program that provides essential food aid to pregnant women and mothers with young children. And she’s using her nearly 74,000 followers to help – setting up an online resource to help families left in the lurch find baby food and formula.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

| September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the United States, 40 percent of the food produced annually goes to waste. Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, wants to do something about it. He’s opening a restaurant that will transform produce past its sell date into healthful take-out food.

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House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

| September 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.

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American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

| September 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Farmers say they need to produce food as efficiently as possible in order to feed the world. It’s high-tech agriculture’s claim to the moral high ground in the debate over how best to grow food. But is it true?

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Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and it costs us precious water and land. The rice lost in Asia and the meat wasted in rich countries contribute most heavily to the problem.

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Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

As the number of people seeking emergency food aid continues to grow, food banks have started thinking about what more they can do to help their clients become more self-sufficient. Some, like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, are teaching people to grow food at community farms and helping them set up home gardens.

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Obama Would Veto House’s Farm Bill, White House Says

Obama Would Veto House’s Farm Bill, White House Says

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Obama administration says the bill “makes unacceptable deep cuts” to federal food aid programs and extends, rather than cuts, crop insurance payments to farmers.

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Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Incentive programs that double the value of food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets have been hailed as one of the most effective ways to encourage healthful eating and support local farmers. The flaw: Most people don’t shop at farmers markets. So a new program will soon pilot the concept at three grocery stores in Detroit.

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