The Local Food Challenge, part 2: Farm stands and farmers markets remain really important for many local farmers. But to create viable, sustainabile businesses, many of them are also trying to crack in to the big institutional markets such as cafeterias, schools and hospitals.
The Local Food Challenge, part 1: Nationwide, the popularity of local food has skyrocketed over the last two decades. But, as advocates in northeast Iowa and around the country can attest, it’s hard to make local food work. Creating a system with both public and private support is seen as crucial.
Food terrorism, part two: New rules would require the nation’s largest food manufacturing plants to tighten up security. How would that impact the dairy industry, which is considered the most vulnerable to attack?
Though Colorado legalized the sale of marijuana, it is still considered illegal by the federal government. That means the existing food safety system, which relies heavily on support from federal agencies, can’t ensure that marijuana-infused foods are safe.
Retailers and restaurants like Whole Foods, Chipotle, Safeway and Wal-Mart are all providing information to consumers about how sustainably some of their products were produced. But it’s hard to know just what “sustainability” means and how to judge whether food was produced in a “sustainable” way.