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Jan 4, 2016 8:47:00 AM

Vegetables Under Glass: Greenhouses Could Bring Us Better Winter Produce



In America, our food options are remarkably unaffected by the changing seasons.  We just keep eating salad greens and tomatoes without regard to the onset of winter.  In most of the country,there's little chance that the greens we eat in the late fall and winter are locally grown.  But if there were greenhouses nearby, they could be.  And in a small but growing number of places, local greenhouses are there.  Read more >>



Will work for food? Co-op programs end amid labor-law fears

Wall Street Journal


Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws.  Read more >>



In winter, Maine farmers sow relief for the aches and pains that grow all year

Portland Press Herald


Making small adjustments to the way one moves in the field might seem simple, but can change the whole nature of the action. “Then the work becomes more like back-building, not back-breaking, labor. If you are doing your yoga in the off-season, not only do you have all this fitness and flexibility, you also have a better understanding of how you use your body. Maybe you find yourself in Warrior pose while you are hoeing.”   Read more >>



Why It’s So Freaking Difficult for Farmers to Source Organic Feed

Modern Farmer


Ask any organic livestock farmer about their number-one challenge and you’re likely to hear a common refrain: Finding a reliable source of organic feed is tough, and it often involves shipping it in by the ton from far away, which makes it expensive—and not to mention carbon-intensive. Read more >>



State ag report: Farm losses from drought in millions

Union Bulletin


Drought and heat damage last season cost Washington growers millions, but a full accounting isn’t yet available, according to newly released data. Read more >>



‘What can we do better?’ Trying to make the nation’s food system safer in 2016.

Washington Post


The stomach-churning headlines around those events and other multi-state outbreaks during 2015, involving everything from cheese to pork, can be hard to square with some public health officials' optimism that the nation's food supply is getting safer. Are we really getting better at preventing foodborne illnesses, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sicken about 48 million Americans each year and kill roughly 3,000? Are there signs of improvement? Read more >>



Vegetables Likely To Take More Of Your Plate in 2016



About a decade ago, food writer Michael Pollan issued a call to action: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. As 2016 opens, it looks like many American cooks and diners are heeding that call. Vegetables have moved from the side to the center of the plate.  And as another year begins, it appears that plants are the new meat. Read more >>