Tag Archives: food

Urban Farming is Coming to Los Angeles

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In the wake of the landmark passing of California’s Neighborhood Foods Act, urban farming is flourishing in Los Angeles. In October, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Curren Price filed a motion to allow owners of vacant lots in the city to qualify for tax relief if they make their land available for agricultural use. Los Angeles has […]

Local Chicago Restaurant Produces Almost No Waste

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I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins, cups, tray liners, etc., that one finds in the front of quick service establishments, a trash can – and a dumpster – seem […]

Bayview’s Local Latona Community Garden Continues to Flourish

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Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco’s Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive.

Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

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Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers.

Boycott Monsanto: Ten Easy Steps to Avoid GMO Foods & Subvert Agribusiness

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Monsanto is a company that does little to no good, and a whole world of bad. Such massive and largely unaccountable corporations have been economically ravaging our world by externalizing the hidden costs of their dirty business and decades of environmental destruction. So what’s a concerned citizen to do? Here’s how to hurt Monsanto in the only place that they care about: their wallet.

Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

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North Carolina’s city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure.

Wellness Wednesday: 8 Tips for More Affordable & Healthy Food Shopping

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Grocery shopping is one of the basic foundations of our health. Learning how to do it well can help you save tons of time and money. If you incorporate these simple steps into your weekly routine, you will not only reap the benefits of home cooked meals, as well as delicious leftovers for lunch, but will also be able to maintain a busy work schedule and usually get everything done.

Wellness Health Tips from Fermentation Nutrition Expert Summer Bock

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Starting this month my friend Summer Bock will begin regularly contributing some of her extensive nutritional and health wisdom to Ecolocalizer in our new weekly blog feature, Wellness Wednesdays. Ms. Bock will be helping to educate us about everything from how to make a diverse variety of your own fermented foods and plant-based medicinals, to better understanding and treating food allergies and persistent digestive problems.

Top 10 Trends in Sustainable Investing: Local Dollars, Local Sense

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We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense.