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2008-08-07 03:00:24

More than a thousand people become sickened from salmonella poisoning. After several weeks of investigation, and devastating consequences to tomato farmers in Virginia and other parts of the country, the culprit is finally found: a contaminated jalapeno, raised on a farm in Mexico, processed in a packing house in Texas. Almost immediately, the Food and Drug Administration issues a national warning to consumers: Don't eat jalapenos. The next day, supermarkets in our region and around the...

2008-08-06 12:00:57

By David Wahlberg, The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 6--Madison hospitals are adding eco-friendly touches to their food services, joining a growing number of hospitals treating food as "preventive medicine," a national group says. Meriter and St. Mary's have started buying produce from local farmers, and UW Hospital plans to do so soon, moves designed to offer healthier, fresher food to patients and workers. St. Mary's, which got rid of Styrofoam cups last year, stopped offering water...

2008-08-05 15:00:36

Golden Bay organic grower Debbie Campbell is passionate about people growing food locally. Once a jetsetting businesswoman, she now sees a fossil fuel crisis as an impetus for local production. It's four years since she did "a crazy thing" and threw in her well-paid job as a business analyst in Canada and, burnt out, headed back to New Zealand. She put her energy into converting a Nelson house into a bed-and- breakfast but still felt something was missing. Now she has found her...

2008-08-05 00:00:23

By Scott Russon Dr Geoff Andrews, the author of a new book on the Slow Food movement, tells Scott Russon why politicians must focus on long- term, localised solutions to the global food crisis The first in-depth study of the politics of the Slow Food movement has been published by Dr Geoff Andrews, a social scientist at the Open University, whose background is in the history of political ideas and Italian politics. Coming at a time of rising food and oil prices, The Slow Food Story:...

2008-08-04 00:00:16

By Eileen Connelly The Associated Press NEW YORK - Franca Tantillo puts rising fuel prices in the same category as the springtime hail storm that wiped out part of her strawberry crop. Both cut into the profit she can make at the Farmers Markets she sells at in New York City, about 135 miles south of her farm.Like Tantillo, market farmers nationwide face exponentially rising costs for fuel, fertilizer and animal feed that could force them to hike prices that are already often higher than...

2008-08-01 15:00:38

By Howard Weiss-Tisman, Brattleboro Reformer, Vt. Aug. 1--BRATTLEBORO -- Over the past year, Tristan Toleno has seen his costs for nonlocal, commercially processed foods rise by almost 30 percent. Vegetable oil. Flour. Frozen foods. All of it has to be grown, picked, processed and trucked, and for every step along that chain, the rising cost of fuel has pushed up the wholesale price. At the same time, the price Toleno pays for local food has not risen as sharply. Toleno,...

2008-07-30 18:00:40

EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whole Foods Market, the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first certified organic retailer, proudly announces its sponsorship of Slow Food Nation 2008, the largest celebration of food in the nation. Specifically, Whole Foods Market will be the lead sponsor of the Taste Pavilions -- Slow Food Nation's grand celebration of good, clean and fair food, featuring 15 individual pavilions showcasing the...

2008-07-29 21:00:33

By Karen Hansen Jeffrey Shoaf of Bloomington, a yoga instructor and massage therapist, recently volunteered part of an afternoon to help harvest garlic at Congerville's Blue Schoolhouse Farm. Hartsburg resident Shelley Thomas started the Logan County Locavores blog to teach others about the importance of locally grown and produced foods. Normal resident Christina Reinhart, a strong proponent of buying local, took home goodies including zucchini, onions and Swiss chard from vendors at a...

2008-07-29 18:00:39

The 100-mile diet is not a theory. It's a decision. It is possible to eat only foods grown and raised in a 100-mile radius from home, especially in Maine where there is a proud ethic of self reliance, land for cooperative community gardens, plenty of farmers markets and ready access to farm-raised meats and dairy products. Maine's largest grocers are making greater efforts to shelve local fare, too, so it's not inconvenient to make the commitment to eat local. Eating "locavore," as it has...

2008-07-29 18:00:39

By Eileen AJ Connelly NEW YORK - Franca Tantillo puts rising fuel prices in the same category as the springtime hail storm that wiped out part of her strawberry crop. Both cut into the profit she can make at the farmers markets she sells at in New York City, about 135 miles south of her farm. Like Tantillo, market farmers nationwide face exponentially rising costs for fuel, fertilizer and animal feed that could force them to hike prices that are already often higher than those in grocery...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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