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…

Farm to School

Schools should be a place where our children can thrive and form healthy habits that will last throughout their lives. Tragically, many school systems ? compelled by dwindling budgets and lack of community support ? are beginning to serve food catered by fast food restaurants, while kids are continuing to eat fatty, non-nutritious foods. Did You Know? Only 2 percent of America?s children meet all the recommendations of the USDA?s Food Guide Pyramid (USDA, Eat Smart, Play Hard). Less than 20 percent eat the recommended servings of vegetables and less than 15 percent eat the recommended serving of fruit (USDA,…

Chapter Directory

(This page is currently being updated to include website links for all of the smaller Local chapters that fall under Regional Chapters, for the most up to date information please click on the link for the Regional Chapter in your state to see if there is a local chapter near you) Alabama: Regional ChapterĀ -Covers entire state California Regional Chapter Illinois Central Illinois Local Chapter: Covers the following counties-Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Iroquois, Jersey, Knox, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion,…

Buy Local Initiative

About Buy Fresh Buy Local Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters are popping up in every community across the USA! Check to see if a chapter is located near you or in your state CHAPTERS LIST or contact FoodRoutes if you are interested in starting a chapter at info@foodroutes.org Take the Buy Local Challenge by pledging to spend just $10/week or more on local food and make a difference in your community! See the latest news of what Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters are doing around the country. Start a local Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter! Click here, to learn how…

Farm to College

College students: do you want delicious, nutritious local foods in your university or college cafeteria? You can start a Farm to College program to get your school’s food service to purchase food from local farmers. Because they order food in large quantities, colleges and universities have big potential for supporting local foods. By starting a Farm to College program at your university, you help make a difference for local farmers in your community and get to enjoy the benefits of safe, healthy food. FoodRoutes Network has partnered with the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and the National Campaign for Sustainable…

Buy Local Challenge

Sign On and Show Your Support for Local Food Sign up for free now ? enter for a chance to win a free Buy Local Gift Basket. When you purchase local food, you’ll get a wealth of benefits. You’ll get exceptional taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support family farms, safeguard your family’s health, and protect the environment. Now you can show your support for local food and farms by signing on to FoodRoutes’ “Buy Local” Challenge. Just enter your information on the challenge form and click “submit.” Everyone who signs up in 2007 will also be entered in…

The Best Tasting Food Ripens Close to Home

The Freshest, Most Flavorful Food is Just Around the Corner Food travels on average 1,300 miles from farm to table.1 Most fresh fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. are shipped from California, Florida, and Washington.2 Fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to fourteen days in transit before they arrive in the supermarket.3 Most fruit and vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel not taste. This results in little variety in the plants grown. Taste the difference in fresh, local…

Find Good Food

Find Good Food Near You. Want fresh, locally grown food, but don’t know where to find it? The Local Harvest community level map makes it easy to find sustainable farmers, farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs) in your area. Just click on the map below to zoom in, or enter your zip code to get quick results. Find Good Food Near You. Want fresh, locally grown food, but don’t know where to find it? The Local Harvest community level map makes it easy to find sustainable farmers, farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs) in your area.…