September 2011 Blog Posts

DUFB results
Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 9:32 AM
When asked, “Are you filled up or fed up?” it’s a both/and for me. We have had a remarkable summer at Fair Food Network (FFN) and around the country on our Fair Food book tour, and I am definitely filled up with gratitude for all those who worked hard to make this tour such a success.
Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 9:05 AM
It’s a new era in Washington DC farm policy discussions. Not only because there is less money to pay for USDA programs than anytime in recent memory but also because it looks as though commodity payments – the basis of farm support since 1996 – are going to disappear.
UCS Market Forces Report cover
Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 8:40 AM
The Union of Concerned Scientists published an excellent report, "Market Forces: Creating Jobs Through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems," in conjunction with National Farmers Market Week (August 7 – 12).
ROC United
Posted Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:30 AM
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC-Michigan) and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) marked the 10th anniversary of September 11th with the gala opening of COLORS-Detroit, a restaurant that will train hundreds of Detroiters to work in the restaurant industry. In addition to training, ROC promotes living wages, access to fresh and healthy foods, and the support of good food social enterprises owned by ROC members. ROC-United and restaurant workers displaced by the September 11th attacks established the first COLORS restaurant, which is worker-owned, in New York City in 2006. ROC-United has 8,000 members in seven cities nationwide.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
Detroit is home to the longest-running public farmers’ market in the country, as well as to many low-income residents who receive government aid in purchasing food. But until recently, those worlds didn’t really meet: of $361 million in SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) spent in the city in 2010, less than $200,000 went to farmers’ markets.
Cafe Estelle hos d'oeuvre
Posted Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:18 AM
The Philadelphia food scene is bursting with individuals and organizations making incredible strides toward a more just and sustainable food system. The Fair Food book tour set out to meet them all.
Bridge card sign at Capitol Lawn
Posted Sep 16, 2011 @ 9:48 AM
This is the first post in a series about our partners in the Double Up Food Bucks program. Stay tuned to learn more about the many committed individuals and organizations it takes to make DUFB fly. For the last three years, the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) and its parent organization, Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), have organized two farmers’ markets each summer on the Capitol Lawn, bringing farmers and food producers from all over the state together to showcase the strength and diversity of Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.
Turn Up The Volume
Posted Sep 14, 2011 @ 1:35 PM
Cracks in produce supply chains signal local food potential Joe Pirrone knows what’s driving growth for his packing and shipping business. Mike Pirrone Produce — named after Joe’s father, who started the business — markets vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, from 55 nearby farms, including Pirrone’s own 1,300-acre operation. The company is expanding its southeast Michigan plant to capitalize on what Pirrone says is “tremendous opportunity” in the market for fresh and local.
EKAR logo
Posted Sep 14, 2011 @ 10:55 AM
After reading Fair Food, I decided to do some number crunching based on its production and distribution facts. The results are rather astounding, and I would like to share.
Oran in Chicago
Posted Sep 13, 2011 @ 2:05 PM
Food should look, smell and taste good. But should food also be "fair"? Oran Hesterman is the author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All (PublicAffairs, $24.99). He defines fair food as "healthy food, grown in an environmentally friendly way, and accessible."