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Conquering Food Deserts With Green Carts

The New York Times

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Programs to get fresh produce carts to areas with no access to healthy food work best when government and determined entrepreneurs team up.

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

NPR

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To decrease the nations food waste, activists in Denmark showed the people that it was safe buy and consume items that were very recently expired.

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Former Black Panther Launches Oakland Urban Farm to Give Ex-Prisoners a Fresh Start

Civil Eats

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Enterprises to offer an urban farm as a prisoner re-entry program and community cen...

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods

Yes! Magazine

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By the 1980s, Roxbury and north Dorchester had been devastated by the disinvestment and white flight of the 1960s and 1970s. Racist banking and housing policies (“redlining”) had segregated people of color from opportunity, barring them from getting home loans except in certain neighborhoods. So ...

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Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

NPR

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the local economy prosper through increased promotion of locally grown produce.

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How the Local Food Economy Is Challenging Big Food

Next City

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In an agricultural system designed for big-industrial growers, many farmers struggle to bridge the relationship between their produce and consumers, as well as strengthening local economies. The food hub is a collection of buildings that process and distribute the sale of local food. Eastern Mar...

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This Isn't Your Average Home Ec Class

Bright Magazine

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Culinary and agricultural education can sometimes take a backseat to the more academic side of high school. But Blue Hill is teaching high school students the importance of healthy cooking and home grown produce through a cooking class that was recently instituted in Manhattan high schools.

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Time to Revisit Food Deserts

The New York Times

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The 'food desert' term is a hot buzzword that suggests lack of access. Research on obesity and food availability in poor areas suggests that access must be considered, but only alongside additional factors like price, taste and education.

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To Feed More, Food Pantries Learn From Supermarkets

The New York Times

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Even with all available help, New Yorkers miss about 100 million meals each year - food stamps are not enough. But some New York food banks allow for the homeless to choose their own food products, making healthy choices easier.

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