It Takes a Community to Sustain a Local Farm

These days it seems the most popular person to be in the food system is the “local farmer.” Farmers markets are popping up everywhere, and their size and popularity grow all the time. Local food is trendy- even the First Family is in on it. But as anyone who has ever raised grain or livestock can tell you, the farmer is not the only person in the chain of players from her farm to your fork. In addition to producers, your food chain includes processors, distributors or transporters, and retailers. In other words, to have a truly local food system,…

Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food

Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons…

Supermarkets Failing to Adopt Sustainable Seafood Buying Practices: Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grocery stores across the U.S. are contributing to the demise of global fisheries by stocking shelves with fragile fish varieties and failing to develop sustainable purchasing strategies, according to a new report. Even the grocers that ranked at the top of the heap — such as Whole Foods, Ahold USA and Harris Teeter — failed to score more than four out of 10 possible points in Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans: How Grocery Stores are Emptying the Seas. The report graded 20 of the country’s top supermarket chains on seafood procurement policies, labeling and transparency, support for…

Media Kit

The goal of the foodroutes.org website, in collaboration with communityfood.com, is to provide timely information, resources and market opportunities for the food and farming community, community-based nonprofits, the food concerned public, policy makers and the media. FoodRoutes Network (FRN) is also working with Ocean Group, developers of the foodroutes.org and localharvest.org web sites, to develop a county-level mapping technology that will allow groups to build local markets by integrating online foodshed level farm and business directories into their websites.

Buy Local Materials

There are many great reasons to buy local food. FoodRoutes’ buy local chapter campaign materials, including our “Where Does Your Food Come From?” campaign series, explain the benefits of buying local for a public audience. Current resources include: Where Does Your Food Come From? Campaign Sheets Pasture-raised Livestock Fact Sheets Cost Tags for Commonly Purchased Consumer Products Where Does Your Food Come From? Campaign Sheets The series is posted in our Why Buy Local? section, but is also available to advocates for downloading, customizing, printing, and wide distribution in a number of formats. Citations for these facts sheets can be…

The Final Word The Issue

Portions of the first story are taken from Alan Guebert’s Farm and Food File newspaper column for the week of July 27, 2003. Cancun could clobber US farmers and ranchers On Friday, July 18, World Trade Organization director-general Supachai Panitchpakdi circulated to WTO members his draft proposal for the upcoming September trade ministerial in Cancun, Mexico. The draft, soon leaked, became an immediate sensation not because of what it contained, but because of what it didn’t contain. At an incredibly short four pages in length, the draft contained no hard numbers or specific direction for negotiators to follow in Cancun.…

The Final Word

Issue Date Description Issue 8 2002-07-26 The Power of the Printed Word; Giant ConAgra Meat Recall Could Have Been Avoided; The Misunderstood President Issue 7 2002-07-19 Packer Ban Hearing Brings Hoots, No Consensus; Packer Livestock Ownership by the Numbers; North Dakota GMO Wheat Hearing Questions Liability … Issue 6 2002-07-13 General Accounting Office: HACCP is a Screw-up; Note from Europe to America: No GMOs, No GMOs, No GMOs; A Carnivore Gets Clipped Issue 5 2002-07-05 Hot, Dry Agriculture by the Numbers; Cattle and Chicken in the Courtroom–Again; When in the Course of Human Events Issue 4 2002-06-28 Federal Judge Slaughters…

Buy Fresh, Buy Local Toolbox

About the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Chapter Program Starting a Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter can be approached in various ways, depending on the degree of interest in your community. You can organize under a current local non-profit organization or start your own BFBL steering committee. Each of our current chapters has started in a number of ways. We are sure we can find the perfect model for you as we work together to establish your local chapter. The first step is to contact FoodRoutes and ask for a Local Chapter Application. We can help you get started and answer…

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How To Start A BFBL Chapter Starting a Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter ® can be approached in various ways, depending on the degree of interest in your community. You can organize under a current non-profit organization or start your own BFBL Steering Committee. Our current BFBL Chapter Network of over 60 Chapters across the country are coordinated by a diverse array of organizations, from all volunteer steering committees, Cooperative Extension, sustainable agriculture groups, and economic development councils to name a few. FoodRoutes Network can help you find the right model for your unique community group! The Objectives of a BFBL…

NEWS

Hot Headlines Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back Union of Concerned Scientists – Aug 4, 2011 WASHINGTON – Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up… (more…) Other News:  Food Economics    Farm Policy    Opinion   More than 1,000 New Farmers Markets Recorded Across Country as USDA Directory Reveals 17 Percent Growth USDA AMS – Aug 5, 2011 WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2011 – More than 1,000 new farmers markets have been…