Are you interested in learning more about our food system and actions we can take? Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle? Then, check out these interesting movies, books, articles, and websites.
Who gets paid when you buy food at the grocery store?
Source: Howard Elitzak, “Calculating the Food Market Bill” in Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources and Rural America.
Philip H. Howard, assistant professor at Michigan State University developed these charts. They really help understand who owns what. Check out his website for more information: Web site of Philip Howard
Data: Hendrickson, Mary, and Bill Heffernan. 2005. Concentration of Agricultural Markets Table. Available: http://www.foodcircles.missouri.edu/CRJanuary05.pdf
The Organic Market
Cargill’s strategic alliances with French Meadow and Hain Celestial are to develop products with nutritionally enhanced organic ingredients such as phytosterols, soy isoflavones, trehalose, inulin, and chondroitin. Heinz acquired a 19.5% stake in Hain Celestial in 1999 while also transferring ownership of their Earth’s Best brand, but sold all of its Hain Celestial stock in 2005.
Can you believe this—Most remaining independent organic processors have resisted substantial buyout offers (typically 2 times annual sales)–wow!
Check out his farm on his website
Black Gold (coffee)
Can we starve cancer?
Dr. William Li’s research is based on the question can we eat to starve cancer?
Philip H. Howard teaches classes at Michigan State about the environment, food systems, and sustainability. He has a great reading list on his website.
Hesterman, Oran B. (2011). Fair Food.
Kushner, R. & Kushner N. (2003). Dr. Kushner’s personality type diet.
Freedman, R. & Barnouin, K. (2005). Skinny Bitch.
Safran Foer, Jonathan (2009). Eating Animals.
The Prince of Wales (2010). Harmony.
Kessler, David (2009). The End of Overeating.
American Medical Association (2003). Roadmaps for Clinical Practice.
Apps for Nutrition on the Go
Scorecard on food sources: http://www.cornucopia.org
GMO free foods: http://truefoodnow.org/shoppers-guide
Monterey Bay Aquarium fishing for facts: Seafood Watch
Gorgeously Green’s Shopping List
Sells mail-order “traceable” products from small farms. Heritage Foods USA
Just Food is an organization to develop a sustainable food system in New York City.
Find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): CSA
Local Beet Chicago: Local Beet
Locavores is based in San Francisco. It encourages people to eat only foods produce within a 100-mile radius of home. Their food website offers suggestions on how to achieve this mission.
Organic Consumers Association offers information about what’s in your food.
Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization that teaches us to slow down and enjoy our food!
Eat Wild supports farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who activley promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a educational center and restaurant which focuses on community-based food production on a working farm just 30 miles from Manhattan.
Sustainable Table provides information about the sustainable food movement. Check out the links for ‘Introduction to Sustainability’ and ‘The Issues’.
Find your local farmers market at USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization working for a sustainable environment.
A great place to buy seeds: Seeds Saver Exchange
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Buy Appalachian
Civil Eats A blog that promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.
Food Routes is a national nonprofit organization providing communication tools, techinal support, networking, and information resources to organizations working to rebuild local community-based food systems.
Homegrown an online community of people interested in all things homegrown: growing, cooking, crafting, brewing, preserving, builiding, making, and creating.
www.localorb.it allows consumers to buy from farmer’s markets and full-service grocery stores on-line. Consumers choose and buy their groceries weekly from multiple sellers in a single shopping cart, somewhat like shopping on Amazon.
Locavorious provided locally grown, delicious, and healthy frozen fruits and vegetables, enabling people to eat locally in the winter months in southeast Michigan.
Lummi Island Wild is cooperatives of local fishermen in northern Washington State who fish in Puget Sound and in Alaska. They catch fish only in fisheries that are designed sustainably managed and are a great source of wild-caught salmon, cod, halibut, and other species.
Sustainable Table celebrates local, sustainable food, educates consumers on food related issues, and works to build community through food.