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Super Garden

I confess that my first attempt to grow something edible was a miserable failure. Just 15 years old, I patted a short row of tiny carrot seeds into a spot in our backyard behind a hedge. Come the end of summer, I hoped to surprise my mother with beautiful carrots. …   Read my column here

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A Lighter Load

In a strange twist of fate, obesity may be the tipping the scales towards local foods. With the dubious distinction of becoming the fattest nation in the world in 2012, U.S. leaders are galvanizing action at all levels to address obesity…. A  2012 Cornell study reports that obesity now accounts for a whopping 21 percent of U.S. health-care costs, estimated at $190 billion per year….   A growing body of evidence even suggests that a host of everyday products are also culpable.  Read more in my Edible Blue Ridge Fall 2013 column

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Virginia Food Heritage Project, Interview with Tanya Denckla Cobb, by Becky Allen

“I heard about the Virginia Food Heritage Project from my friend, Patty Wallens, who know about seed-saving and such things. I was intrigued phizer viagra by the this idea of ‘Knowing our past – Growing our future,” and Patty put me in touch with Tanya Denckla Cobb, a UVa professor who teaches food system planning at the School of Architecture and is an environmental mediator in the University’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation…. ”  read the Virginia Food Heritage Project interview by Becky Allen

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New U.S. Dept of Labor Rule on Youth Working on Farms Misguided

It was very hard for me to read about the new U.S. Department of Labor proposed rule on youth working on farms.  Many moons ago I worked at DOL (okay, several hundred moons ago, back in the 1980’s), where I was steeped in efforts to promote international labor rights. I worked on the U.N.’s International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and international efforts to protect children from abusive working conditions. Why is the DOL now coming out with a proposed rule against youth working on farms? While children under the age of 16 would still be able to work on farms … Read More

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the Atlantic: Marion Nestle selects Reclaiming Our Food as a worthy pick

From cialas Marion Nestle: ” I get sent a lot of manuscripts to review for possible endorsements (“blurbs”). I read them and happily agree to blurb the ones I think worth special attention. These were recently released: “Tanya Denckla Cobb’s Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat(Storey, 2011). I blurbed this one: “People constantly ask me what kinds of things they can do to get involved in the food movement and where to start. Now I can just hand them this. The projects it describes should inspire readers to get busy doing similar projects in … Read More

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Virginia Prison System Serves Local Food

A prison might be the last place you’d expect to see healthy local food. Yet, under the innovative leadership of William Gillette, manager of Virginia’s Department of Corrections agribusiness program, Virginia is plowing new ground for prison food. Literally. (+ Show) Not only do inmates grow and eat their own vegetables, but they also produce much of their own meat, milk, and honey. And more recently they’re even grinding their own flour. Taxpayers, worry not! Gillette is all about the bottom line. He is proud to say that his system of growing, packing, freezing and distributing the inmate-grown food back … Read More

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