Fresh Picks: Top Five Stories Worth Reading
Institutions welcome direct farm sales
It looks like a typical small farmers’ market — farm trucks backed up to shaded booths and attractive displays of fresh produce. But these buyers aren’t shopping for themselves. They’re shopping for institutions.
Sustainable seafood lowers costs, adds flavor at restaurants
Nation’s Restaurant News
As the sustainable food movement continues to grow, it’s spreading from the farm to the sea. And though it takes some effort to become educated about what to serve and what to avoid, many chefs and operators are finding that serving sustainable seafood can actually be less expensive, more flavorful and allow for more creativity in the kitchen.
Also read: Nothing Fishy Here: Cornell Commits to Sustainable Seafood, SustainableBusiness.com
Colleges see higher demand for degrees in agriculture
Enrollment is booming at many colleges of agriculture, as students flock to study subjects they feel offer a clear path to a job on graduation. Ag-related college majors appeal to both the heart and mind of a student, university officials say, as a booming agriculture industry and practical skills taught at the colleges can help develop a career that addresses issues such as global hunger and obesity in the U.S.
Also read: UA offers online degree for ag professionals, Western Farm Press
The facts about food waste and hunger
Mother Nature Network (blog)
An infographic from Face the Facts USA shows that the amount of food wasted keeps going up while the number of people considered food insecure keeps going up, too.
Three Revolutions: The Kickstarter for Food Launches Platform to Fund Food Innovators
Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have already proven to be a hit with the foodie community, with locals gaining funding for their projects ranging from cocktail accessories to mobile farmers’ markets to food trucks. Knowing that the model is successful, Vermont-based Kevin Lehman and Chris Lindgren have launched Three Revolutions, a crowd-funding platform dedicated to farm and food. (more…)