Tag Archives: food politics
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{reflection on food} Improving My Culinary Options

One of the reasons I think people read and write for this blog is because they want to challenge themselves to cook and eat thoughtfully.  I love the challenge of eating well but not the challenge of finding the ingredients to do so.  I moved to this area several years ago and was immediately aware […]

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{reflections on food} Learning to Share my Food

The start of a new year is a great time to take inventory of the year gone by, and make plans for the year to come.  Some make resolutions, some just reflect. I personally gave up resolutions years ago, after a stint of countless, “This year I WILL exercise…. and eat less cake”. Instead, I now […]

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{food policy} Why Do You Grow Clean Food?

There has been a lot of discussion, and media hype, about the Stanford University School of Medicine Meta Analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on September 4th, on whether organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. (Definition Note: A Meta Analysis focuses on contrasting and combining results from different studies, in the hope of identifying patterns […]

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{weekend reading} local events & farmers market edition

{LOCAL EVENT} Its just been announced that FSC will be the ‘local expert’ at Sunday’s Schenectady Greenmarket. This is a Sunday market with the hours of 10am-2pm and is located around City Hall (Jay, Liberty, Clinton & Franklin Streets). I’ll manning the table and talking Schenectady food swap & DIY classes, both at The First […]

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{weekend reading} Outdoor Farmers Market Edition

{FOOD NEWS} Local News –> FSC Contributor has a great piece on All Good Bakers in this week’s METROLAND. Local News —> New York Magazine conducted a taste-test of Greek Yogurts w/ Eric Ripert, Maria Loi, and Orhan Yegen and guess who won #1 in the Full-Fat Category? Our dear farming friends, Argyle Cheese Farmers- […]

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{weekend reading} Radish Edition

{FOOD NEWS} Road to 2012 FARM BILL —> 1) Senate Agriculture Committee completed their ‘in committee’ farm bill that now goes to the Senate floor for discussion. Watch Video. 2) National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition comments on the mark-up bill. 3) National Young Farmers Coalition has their very positive reactions to the positive movements forward for […]

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{weekend reading} Earth Day Edition

{FOOD NEWS} Tigress talks about the power of homemade edible gifts. Farmer Josh of West Wind Acres talks the ethics of raising, selling & eating meat. FSC Food Swap love from author & blogger Alana Chernila, and other fabulous FSC Swappers! Ginny, Mamatoga Jenny & Emily. Wall Street Journal w/ 5 Reasons You Should Make […]

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{weekend reading} Springtime Fun Edition

{FOOD NEWS} If you didn’t watch Jillian’s Hatch Cam 2012 it was fascinating watching 15+ eggs turn into fluffy little chicks…now they are 2 weeks old and got a bit of sun this week, take a peek. PEEP! {LOCAL FOOD NEWS} Honest Weight Food Coop’s expansion plans are back on! (YAY!) A wonderful essay by […]

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{weekend reading} 2012 Hatch Cam Edition

{FOOD NEWS} If you didn’t watch Jillian’s Hatch Cam 2012 it was fascinating watching 15+ eggs turn into fluffy little chicks. You can read the play-by-play here and also learn about the next stage of the chick’s lives in the ‘brooder spa’ here (pictures of the little dudes & dudettes are included in the post!) […]

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{weekend reading} Monday Morning Edition

{FOOD NEWS} Antibiotic Use on Livestock: On Earth reports that THEODORE H. KATZ, federal court judge in the Southern District of New York, ruled Thursday that government regulators (the FDA) must conclude whether feeding antibiotics to healthy livestock — a widespread practice in factory farming designed to promote animal growth and prevent disease — could […]

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{4 saturdays, 4 giveaways} U-Pick

UPDATE: 7:30am Saturday February 4th: THE WINNER IS SARA and she requested “What to Eat” By Marion Nestle! Therefore, we know have “An Everlasting Meal” and “What to Eat” in our 2012 FSC Book Club selections. CONGRATS SARA! Please email us at fromscratchclub (at) gmail (dot) com. The winner of the FSC bonanza (bookmark, full-color […]

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black beans, dried corn and squash that we grew this summer, the holy trinity

{i am not a foodie} A Pledge to Simplicity, Part Deux

A month ago, I took a pledge to cut our grocery bills down to $70 a week for four weeks and give the extra $50 a week that I normally spend to charity and/or interesting causes. I thought it would be hard to spend so little on food, but in fact it wasn’t difficult at […]

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{i am not a foodie} A Pledge to Simplicity

I have been shopping at food coops and farmers markets since the 1970s when I was a student in California.  I started a modest vegetable garden in high school, stopped during college, and resumed gardening when we bought our first house.  I did graduate research on the effect of crop rotation on insect populations in […]

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{hello} I’m Christine

Editor’s Note: You’ve met Erika T, Britin F, and Jillian E. To rap up this “new-contributor-meet-n-greet” is Christine H from Unspeakable Visions. She will be joining us as our token 20-something non-mom foodie (score!) We were dying for a slightly larger spectrum of viewpoints, and Christine’s humor, wit, D.I.Y. knowledge, urban design sense and social […]

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In the Land of Corn & Cattle

Recently we took a road trip to Indiana to see my in-laws. If you’ve ever driven through, or flown over the middle of the country you know there are lots of very large farms. During the several days there I kept thinking about a few things in relation to these farms. Before I go further […]

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