Food and Environment

Sustainable food systems: Mark Bittman lecture

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Sustainable food systems: Mark Bittman lecture

’40 to 80% of products in the supermarket should be classified as poison not food’ said Mark Bittman in his Wallace Stegner lecture yesterday evening. Mark Bittman is a renowned food writer and cookery book author who shared his insights on the future of our food system – with not a little politics thrown in! Food System as an Interconnected Web Mark Bittman sees the current food system as an interconnected web that is permanently entwined with land and the environment. It is a system that is hard to change, as there is no such...

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Visiting an Aquaponic Sustainable Farm

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Visiting an Aquaponic Sustainable Farm

Yesterday, Green Eatz joined a tour of Ouroboros Farms, organized by Sustainable San Mateo County. This aquaponic farm is located just off the Pacific Coast in Half Moon Bay, California and has a commitment to sustainably-grown foods and giving back to the community. Ouroboros Farms has a 30,000 gallon facility set in a greenhouse of 7,000 square feet and supplies greens to local restaurants such as Half Moon Bay Brewery and The Perennial in San Francisco. You can also find their produce at the online marketplace GoodEggs. Ken Armstrong, the...

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Innovations in Food and Agriculture at FoodIT: Solution Harvest

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Innovations in Food and Agriculture at FoodIT: Solution Harvest

Yesterday, Green Eatz attended Food IT: Solution Harvest, organized by The Mixing Bowl. There were attendees from all over the world, from New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Italy, but I claim the prize for the shortest distance traveled – just 2 miles from my home to the event location at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View! The Mixing Bowl connects innovators in food, agriculture and information technology and Food IT: Solution Harvest was a day for interactive learning and co-creation. Food IT: Food and Ag Startup Pitches The day...

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Visiting the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley

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Visiting the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley

Introduction The food activist Alice Waters was instrumental in creating the educational concept of involving children in growing and cooking food. The pilot project for her vision began at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley twenty years ago. Known as the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley, Green Eatz visited the site for a guided tour of the project garden and kitchen classroom, with the opportunity to ask questions. Visiting the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley Kala Cuerington, the Administrative Coordinator for the overall Edible...

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The True Cost of American Food

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The True Cost of American Food

Last Friday, Green Eatz attended the True Cost of American Food conference in the food-conscious city of San Francisco. The Sustainable Food Trust, a small, non-profit organization from Bristol, UK, brought together this gathering of the great and the good from the sustainable food world. Prince Charles – Sustainability Advocate Patrick Holden is not only a Welsh organic dairy farmer but also the CEO of Sustainable Food Trust and the charming MC for the day’s proceedings. After starting the day with a jog and a swim in the San Francisco...

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Follow the Food Chain: Growing Crops

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Follow the Food Chain: Growing Crops

Making Sustainable Food Choices for a Greener Environment Where does your food come from? And how can you make the best choices for the sake of our planet? In our series Follow the Food Chain, Green Eatz examines the main sustainability issues for you to consider. Here, we discuss the first step of Growing Crops. Sign up for our newsletter for weekly notifications on Follow the Food Chain Land Use Growing crops, such as grains, fruits and vegetables, is the most efficient method of providing food for us all. One acre of soybeans provides 356...

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Food’s Water Footprint

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Food’s Water Footprint

You have heard of the carbon footprint…but what about the water footprint? We all use water every day to drink, cook, wash, flush and water the land. But just 5% of our daily water footprint is from use in home and garden. The food we eat, the stuff we buy, the things we do and the trips we take uses the other 95%. The average American uses 100 gallons per day at home, but indirectly consumes 2,000 gallons of water every day. Of that, our daily food takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce! How can we change our diet to reduce our water...

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Food as Art

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Food as Art

Looking at ‘food as art’ makes us connect and think about food in a different way. At the San Jose Museum of Art, the exhibition Around the Table shows the many aspects of food in our lives today. Thirty artists present their own vision of food’s impact on our culture in the past, present and future. Food as Art: History The Flatbread Society makes us think about the link between humans and grain over the ages. Their Boat Oven is a large canoe with a baker’s oven, rolling-pin telescope and wellington boots poking through the floor for walking...

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Fast food at the Sochi Olympics

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Fast food at the Sochi Olympics

Fast food and Olympic Athletes don’t go together – or do they? Once again, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola are Worldwide Olympic partners at the Sochi Winter Games. One of the main aims of the Russian Olympics is ‘the promotion of a healthy lifestyle’. Yes, let’s have a burger, fries and a coke to help us get fit and healthy! But is the Sochi Olympics sponsorship back-firing on McDonald’s and Coca-Cola? ‘We Are Social’ reports that McDonald’s were mentioned 18,000 times on social media. 99% of those comments were negative. People just did not like...

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Meat and Greenhouse Gas on Earth Day

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Meat and Greenhouse Gas on Earth Day

What has Earth Day got to do with eating meat? Earth Day is a world-wide movement to protect our environment. The environment is now being badly affected by global warming from greenhouse gas build-up. And livestock farming produces 20% to 50% of man-made greenhouse gases. Livestock and Greenhouse Gas In 2006, the UN/FAO report Livestock’s Long Shadow found that about a fifth of all human-produced greenhouse gases came from meat, dairy and egg farming. The World Bank and IFC’s report Livestock and Climate Change checked their findings...

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