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Schools Start Growing Food: Minds and Bodies Follow

On the heels of last week's post, Fast Food Makes You Stupid, I want to celebrate a few schools who are taking the opposite approach. Last weekend's Christian Science Monitor article "The School Lunchroom Grows Green" describes several public schools, private schools, and universities around the country that are incorporating community gardens and other eco-and-local food friendly concepts into their cafeterias.

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Tim Ferriss on Ethical Meat vs. Meat Hype

ferriss1 Found this terrific post on Tim Ferriss' website (via the Farm to Table blog), discussing meat labeling.

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Dinner on the Farm Features JD Fratzke, June 27

I remember having this odd experience when my wife was pregnant with our first child. For 30 years, I'd lived my life completely unaware of "baby culture," and now, as we'd stroll through the Galleria, Lake Harriet, Southdale mall, or one of our favorite Minnesota food spots, we were surrounded. Pregnant women and babies were suddenly everywhere.

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Les Petites Images is All About Food

michaelpbarnesMuch thanks to Katie of the terrific Minnesota local food and photography blog Les Petites Images.

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FRESH Showing in Minneapolis THIS WEEK

fresh2Just one more pitch for the awesome-looking food movie FRESH, which has 3 showings in Minneapolis this week:

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Fresh & Local Radio Show Keeps it "Home Grown"

freshandlocalEvery Saturday at 8:00 am, the Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association presents Fresh & Local, a fun, local MN food show on AM950. Here's what it says on their webpage (located on the Minneapolis Farmers Market website):

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Fast Food Makes You Stupid

Great recent post by Jill Richardson in La Vida Locavore entitled Fast Food Makes You Stupid (Yet We Serve It In Our Schools). Here's an excerpt:

[A recent study found that] children scored between 58 and 181 points in the reading tests, gaining an average score of 141.5. But after taking other factors into account, pupils who ate fast food between four and six times a week scored almost seven points below average. Children snacking once a day fell 16 points, while pupils indulging three times a day dropped by 19 points. Similar trends were noted in maths. In total, children scored between 47 and 151 points in the test, with average results of 115. But those pupils eating fast food dropped by between 6.5 and 18.5 points.

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What's in This Week's Farmshare (CSA) Box?

The weeks go so fast! I’ve barely finished last week’s box of goodies from Harmony Valley Farm’s CSA, and it’s Thursday again! To be honest, I do occasionally get a small sense of panic. I don’t want to waste any of the amazing foods I’m getting, especially when I consider the work our local farmers have done to produce all this sustainable, organic food - and get it to the city. Sometimes an embarrassment of riches can feel, well, embarrassing. For recipes and advice, I’ve been following another great blog called Green your Plate, chronicling Amy P’s experience with her Harmony Valley Farm’s CSA bounty - it’s worth checking out.

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