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News from the Hub – Week of May 7, 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012 by

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Your Favorite Restaurant’s Secret Ingredient: Data, and Lots of It
Wired Enterprise
Welcome to the data-driven, number-crunching future of restauranteering. With the food business thriving again in the midst of America’s economic upswing – consistently claiming a whopping 4 percent of GDP — some of the nation’s top eateries are quietly embracing data mining to eke out profit in a tough economy.

U.S. scraps rules to limit farm jobs done by kids
Star Tribune
Facing public outcry from farmers and politicians, the U.S. Department of Labor is abandoning proposed rules that, in the name of safety, would have barred young hired farm workers from performing a range of hazardous tasks.  The department issued a statement saying the withdrawal was made in response to thousands of comments about how the rules might affect family-owned farms.

Oregon asks to kill salmon-eating birds
Capital Press
Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a type of seabird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean. Oregon needs federal approval to start shooting dozens of the long-necked, dark gray seabirds on coastal rivers because they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

California Heads for Vote on Modified Food Labeling
Bloomberg
Californians are on course to vote whether genetically modified food must be labeled after a campaign targeting biotech-crop companies gathered enough support for a referendum. A petition was signed by 971,126 people, 75 % more than the minimum needed for a statewide vote. Approval from 50 % of voters would make the proposal law.

Michelle Obama’s Food Desert Plan Yields Few New Stores: Retail
Bloomberg
After vowing to open more than 1,000 stores selling fresh fruit and vegetables in underserved urban neighborhoods, or “food deserts,” grocers have opened a fraction of them, putting in jeopardy Michelle Obama’s effort to improve food choices for low-income Americans.

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News from the Hub – Week of March 12, 2012

Friday, March 16th, 2012 by

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New Study Explores Innovation and Opportunities for Diverse Local Food Distributors
USDA.gov
Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan released a new report on the distribution practices of eight producer networks and their partners distributing locally or regionally-grown food to retail and foodservice customers. The report shows how these networks tap into the growing commercial demand for local and regional food products while creating additional economic opportunities and expanding healthy food access.

Locally Produced Food Gets Boost Through Food Hubs
SustainableBusiness.com
The USDA is helping small farmers connect with people who want to buy locally produced food by fostering “food hubs.” By aggregrating local produce from many small farmers, food hubs can sell to large buyers that want locally and regionally grown food, such as schools and hospitals. These hubs remove some of the most onerous, time draining chores for farmers, who typically reach consumers by driving long distances to farmers markets and restaurants.

Bad Food: Illnesses from Imported Food Are on the Rise, CDC Says
TIME
Altogether about 16% of the food eaten in the U.S. comes from other countries — and given some of the many holes in the food safety net for imports, that should be a little concerning. In a new report published on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010.

Brooklyn food pantries go grow-your-own
New York Daily News
A Bedford-Stuyvesant food pantry built an indoor farm where clients grow fresh produce year-round — and provide vegetables for hundreds of families a week. Brooklyn is in the grip of an urban farming craze. Grow-your-own is going strong, from rooftop gardens to massive plantings at public high schools.

Food Craft Institute to open in Jack London Square
San Francisco Chronicle
Local producers will share some of their skills and experience as instructors at the new Food Craft Institute, a school for artisan food companies opening in Oakland’s Jack London Square in April. A nonprofit affiliated with Oakland’s Eat Real Festival, the annual street food festival, the institute will offer its first “master course” in jam, followed by courses in pickling, charcuterie, and coffee roasting and coffee bar management.

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