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Delicious Vintage Food PSA Posters


Save the sugar, eat your oatmeal, know your onions, and other tips from Uncle Sam.

Spending countless hours digging through archives isn’t without its rewards — namely, such semi-serendipitous finds as gorgeous black-and-white photos of NASA facilities,vintage ads for libraries and reading,yesteryear’s science ads, and mid-century posters from the Golden Age of Travel. My latest addition comes from the public domain images of the U.S. National Archives: a handful of delicious vintage food PSA posters, a number of which were later included in the book Eating with Uncle Sam: Recipes and Historical Bites from the National Archives (public library), based on the National Archive exhibition titled What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet.

Pair with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 13 uses for turkey leftovers.

Customers and Other Supporters to Attend Court with Farmer



URL link for this release:

Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition


Pete Kennedy, President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, 703-208-3276,


Farmer Faces Jail for Feeding Community: 

Customers and Other Supporters to Attend Court with Farmer

 Baraboo, WI—May 8, 2013–GlobeNewswire–Food rights activists from around North America will meet at the Sauk County Courthouse in this tiny town on May 20 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, whose trial begins that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land this husband and father in county jail for up to 30 months with fines of over $10,000.

The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.

DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly rejects this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. “There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” says Hershberger, “this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”

A little more than a year ago, food rights activists from around the country stood in support of Hershberger at a pre-trial hearing.  They read and signed a “Declaration of Food Independence” that asserts inherent rights in food choice. This month after the trial each day, many of the same food rights activists plus others will gather at the Al Ringling Theater across the street from the courthouse and hear presentations by leaders in the food rights movement. Notable speakers include Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, Mountain Man show star Eustace Conway, and food rights organizer from Maine, Deborah Evans.

Hershberger, and other farmers around the country, are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting individuals. In recent months the FDA has conducted several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to the food they depend on.

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Fixing Our Food Problem By MARK BITTMAN

January 1, 2013, 7:52 pm79 Comments

Fixing Our Food Problem

Mark Bittman

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

And the root of that dangerous diet is our system of hyper-industrial agriculture, the kind that uses 10 times as much energy as it produces.

We must figure out a way to un-invent this food system. It’s been a major contributor to climate change, spawned the obesity crisis, poisoned countless volumes of land and water, wasted energy, tortured billions of animals… I could go on. The point is that “sustainability” is not only possible but essential: only by saving the earth can we save ourselves, and vice versa.

How do we do that?

This seems like a good day to step back a bit and suggest something that’s sometimes difficult to accept.


We can only dismantle this system little by little, and slowly. Change takes time. Often — usually — that time exceeds the life span of its pioneers. And when it comes to sustainable food for billions, we’re the pioneers of a food movement that’s just beginning to take shape. The abolition movement began at least a century before the Civil War, 200 years before the civil rights movement. The struggle to gain the right to vote for women in the United States was active for 75 years before an amendment was passed. The gay rights struggle has made tremendous strides over the last 40 years, but equal treatment under the law is hardly established.

Well-cared-for animals will necessarily be more expensive, which means we’ll eat fewer of them; that’s a win-win. 

Activists who took on these issues had in common a clear series of demands and a sense that the work was ongoing. They had a large and ever-growing public following and a willingness to sacrifice time, energy and even life for the benefit not only of contemporaries but for subsequent generations.

They were also aware that there is no success without a willingness to fail; that failure is a part of progress. A single defeat was seen as a temporary setback. The same vision should be applied to every issue the nascent food movement is tackling.

Yet before we can assess our progress, we must state our goals. There is no consensus behind a program for achieving sustainable production of food that promotes rather than attacks health. We can’t ask for “better food for all”; we must be specific. In the very near term, for example, we must fight to protect and improve programs that make food available to lower-income Americans. We must also support the increasingly assertive battles of workers in food-related industries; nothing reflects our moral core more accurately than the abuses we overlook in the names of convenience and economy.

Beyond that, I believe that the two issues that will have the greatest reverberations in agriculture, health and the environment are reducing the consumption of sugar-laden beverages and improving the living conditions of livestock.

About the first I have written plenty, and can summarize: when we begin treating sugar-sweetened beverages as we do tobacco, we will make a huge stride in improving our diet.

The second is even more powerful, and progress was made in that arena in 2012 as one food company after another resolved to (eventually) reject pork produced with gestation crates. So over the next few years, some animals will be treated somewhat better. This is absolutely, unquestionably thanks to public pressure, which should now set its sights higher and insist that all animals grown for food production be treated not just better but well.

Well-cared-for animals will necessarily be more expensive, which means we’ll eat fewer of them; that’s a win-win. They’ll use fewer antibiotics, they’ll be produced by more farmers in more places, and they’ll eat less commodity grain, which will both reduce environmental damage and allow for more land to be used for high-quality human food like fruits and vegetables.

Allies may argue that I miss the mark with either or both of these, and that’s fine: it’s a discussion. The point is that no major food issue will be resolved in the next 10 years. As pioneers, we must build upon incremental progress and not be disheartened, because often there isn’t quick resolution for complex issues.

An association between tobacco and cancer was discovered more 200 years ago. The surgeon general’s report that identified smoking as a public health issue appeared in 1964. The food movement has not yet reached its 1964; there’s isn’t even a general acknowledgment of a problem in need of fixing.

So, in 2013, let’s call for energy, action — and patience.

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From Center for Ecoliteracy: EcoLiterate

We’re excited to announce our new book has just arrived, and we hope you’ll take a look.

Readers are calling Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence “eloquent” (Frances Moore Lappe), “‘education’ as it should be” (David W. Orr), “important” (Vandana Shiva), and “practical and inspirational” (Linda Darling-Hammond).

Ecoliterate is the result of an innovative collaboration between Daniel Goleman – bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence – and Lisa Bennett and Zenobia Barlow of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Richard Louv calls it a roadmap for educators – and the rest of us – to a future “based on empathy, kinship, natural intelligence, and hope.”

The book tells stories of pioneering educators, students, and community leaders engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coal in communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small village in the Arctic; the deserts of New Mexico to the coast of New Orleans; and the streets of Oakland, California to the hills of South Carolina.

Ecoliterate also presents five core practices of emotionally and socially engaged ecoliteracy and a professional development guide.

Visit to see the book

Jenny’s List

·      How did somebody steal half a million bees?
o   Massive Bee Infestation Transforms Roof Into Huge Hive
·      Devon Peña’s response to Ag Professional’s Commentary: Urban Farming is an urban myth
·      Food for thought: This summer, Oakland libraries are serving free lunches to children, five days a week
·      Tuna Packers Settlement: Bumble Bee Foods LLC & Tri-Union Seafood (Chicken of the Sea) LLC Reach A Deal with California
·      It’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ For Food
·      Washing State: First cottage food permit goes to law’s prime mover
·      Farm Bureau Gets a Closer Look in New Report
“[The Farm Bureau] opposes the labeling of genetically engineered food, animal welfare reform and environmental regulations. In Washington, its well-funded team of lobbyists and lawyers seek to dismantle the federal Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, opposing pesticide restrictions and increased scrutiny of green house gas emission and the pollution from CAFOs,”
o   Whose Side is the Farm Bureau On?
·      There Is More Than One Way to Grow a Tomato – Biodynamic Farming Is Probably the Weirdest
Biodynamic farming produces wholesome, pesticide-free food and drink – but the methods are a little out of the ordinary.
·      Potatoes For Breakfast
·      Pineberries and cream? The new summer fruit which looks like a white strawberry… but tastes like pineapple
·      Coca Cola Booted From Bolivia
·      Trading Recycling for Food and Services
·      Edible Bus Stop turns London Transit routes into a network of community gardens
Guerrilla gardening at it’s best…
·      Method’s New Soap Bottle Is Made Fro Pacific Garbage Patch Trash
·      Butan Bets Organic Agriculture Is The Road To Happiness
·      Drought and Heat
o   US Drought 2012: Half Of Nation’s Counties Now Considered Disaster Areas
o   Drought bill offers livestock farmers up to $100,000 each
o   Voice of America: US Drought Linked to Climate Change
You think?
o   Activists Call on Agriculture Secretary to Discuss Links between Drought and Climate Change
o   Rising Food Prices Will Make It Even Harder to Eat Healthy
o   Drought May Mean Fewer, Small Animals at Fairs
o   Climate Change Study Ties Recent Heat Waves To Global Warming
·      Rebranding the Food Movement to Broaden Its Appeal
·      Mushrooms can be green too!
Premier Mushrooms (Calusa Calif.) and the triple bottom line…
·      Bucky Box (NZ)
o   5 Tips for Local Food Delivery
o   Tips for Local Food #1: Get Social – a guide to social media for local food enterprises
o   Tips for Local Food #2: Existing Resources & Support – standing on the shoulders of giants
·      Russia to Slaughter at Least 33,000 Pigs After African Swine Fever Outbreak
·      Enormous Asian Tiger Prawns Invading US Waters Worry Environmentalists
·      Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean
·      5 Perennial Veggies to Plant Once and Enjoy… Forever
·      A Greenhouse Effect (Brooklyn, NY)
·      Edible City: The Movie
·      Farms Threatened by Palm Beach Florida Zoning Changes and New Rules and Petition to Protect Our Right To Farm, Palm Beach County
·      Generation Food Project
·      Oregon at the Forefront of Battle Against Nestlé Water Grab
·      An Urban Farm (Portland, OR) Feeds Local Neighborhood with Help from Disabled
·      Food Shift: Building a Just and Sustainable Food System
Saving the food we waste…
·      Center for Investigative Reporting: The hidden costs of hamburgers
·      Forced to Work on a Broken Ankle? Workers Defy Abusive Supervisors for Big Union Win
A firsthand look at the backbreaking conditions that lead Pilgrim’s Pride employees to fight back – and win.
·      Marysville, California (Peach) Farms are Desperate For Workers, Despite High Unemployment
They seem to think the labor problem is due to “People just sitting at home doing nothing…” and claim “You could easily make $20 an hour over here.” Emm, I think that working conditions, pay and immigration laws may have more to do with it… Fieldwork is specialized, not just anyone can walk out and harvest, each cultivar takes specific skill set for harvesting well…
·      Some Alberta seniors will soon be eating better meals – they can thank the union for them
·      Wal-Mart punishes its workers
Employees who demonstrated against the company tell Salon they’ve lost their jobs and faced other consequences
·      A Better Economy Through Empowered Foodmakers
·      Monsanto sued for underpaying workers
·      To end poverty in America we need to stop paying poverty wages
·      Beyond Throwaway Cities: How To Build An Export-Proof Local Economy
We invest billions to create a functioning city. How do we create local businesses that won’t be tempted to pack up our jobs and leave town?
·      Number of Farmers Markets In US Surges (up 9.6% in the last year)
Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill
·      San Luis Obispo, CA Announces ‘Buy Local’ Food Policy
The city of San Luis Obispo, located in central California has announced a “buy local” food policy for its jail and Juvenile Services Center, reports the San Luis Obispo’s Tribune.
·      It’s All About the Farm Bill
o   Congress Set to Take Food Aid Away From Millions of Hungry Americans
This makes no sense from a humanitarian point of view or from an economic one.
·      Kids Sue to Force (US) Government Action on Global Warming
·      GOP Senators Celebrate ‘Meat Monday’ After USDA’s ‘Meatless Monday’ Mishap
o   Much Ado about Meatless Monday: Why the USDA Retraction Matters
·      Richmond, California Unanimously Approves Pesticide Restrictions
·      Hog-tied… Muscatine County (IA) Supervisors tell residents: our hands are tied when it comes to keeping a hog confinement operation out of Nichols
·      USDA, EPA Launch Tool to Better Assess Pathogen Risk and here is the USDA link
·      US judge strikes down EPA water rules for mines
·      US government sues New Mexico for damages in groundwater case
Feds trying to take over New Mexico’s water supply?
·      Please make comments to the USDA on Arctic Apple (GMO, non-browning)
·      Olympic sponsor (DOW) speeds up pesticide arms race
… has just been granted approval in South Africa for a new GM 2,4-D tolerant maize…
·      California Proposition 37, GMO Labeling
o   California Democratic Party… Officially Endorses Proposition 37, California Right to Know
o   Why Major Food Organization is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food
“Big Food companies like ConAgra, Smucker, Hormel, Kellogg, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo want to block consumer protection legislation.”
o   Fighting GMO Labeling in California Is Food Lobby’s “Highest Priority”
o   Who Supports Truth-in-Labeling on GMOs?
o   Big 6 pesticide corps want your vote
·      Pepsico Global Genetically-Modified Food and Ingredient Policy
I kid you not…
·      Wal-Mart OK with selling genetically modified sweet corn (Agent Orange Corn)
·      International Standards for Trade in Nano-coated Produce?
·      Cows make ‘human’ milk
Scientists in China have created genetically modified cows that produce “human” milk.

·      Roundup Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Related Brain Damage

Jenny Huston, MA, CEC, CDM, CFPP
Farm to Table Food Services
Oakland, CA 94606
Twitter: @chefjennyhuston

National Farmers Market Week! — August 5-11

We want to thank Stacy Miller from NSAC member Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) for her contribution.  Stacy is Executive Director of FMC

On July 13, 2012, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed August 5th to the 11th, 2012 as National Farmers Market Week.  This marks the thirteenth year that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proclaimed a National Farmers Market Week.

All across the country next week, non-profit organizations, USDA agencies, farmers, and consumers will be celebrating farmers markets and the people who make them possible.

Farmers markets are a critical hub of any local food system, bolstering regional economies, increasing access to nutritious foods, and bringing communities together through a shared public space.

In 2011, farmers markets redeemed more than $11.7 million in SNAP benefits, a 52% increase in one year.

If you haven’t visited one of the nation’s more than 7,500 farmers markets this season, National Farmers Market Week is a great time to start!

Farmers markets are unique in their ability to bridge urban and rural divides and yield economic and health benefits to all areas of the country.  Did you know, for instance, that the seven Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance(NFMA) markets in Seattle support 9,491 acres of farmland in diversified production?  “This represents a four-fold increase in the last ten years,” says NFMA Executive Director Chris Curtis.

A 2011 Economic Research Service report found that fruit and vegetable farms selling into local and regional markets employ 13 full-time workers per $1 million in revenue earned (totaling 61,000 jobs in 2008).  Comparatively, fruit and vegetable farms not selling locally employed only three full-time workers per $1 million in revenue.

“Farmers markets are the ultimate green sector of the economy,” says Bernadine Prince, President of the Farmers Market Coalition.  “They are stand-out successes in and spurring sustainable economic development.  During Farmers Market Week, FMC encourages everyone to spend at least $10 at a local farmers market, and celebrate the power of farmers markets to incubate entrepreneurship and nourish both rural and urban economies.”

Below are the “Seven Days, Seven Ways” themes, with on-the-ground examples of innovation and statistics of success from FMC members.

●    Sunday, August 5th: Farmers markets and community education
Innovative partnerships that allow markets to serve as hubs of information
●    Monday, August 6th:  Farmers markets and public health
          Promoting good nutrition and healthful habits
●    Tuesday, August 7th : Farmers markets as economic engines
          Business incubation, job development, and local spending
●    Wednesday, August 8th: Farmers at the center of the system
          Governance and policies that put farmers first
●    Thursday, August 9th: Farmers markets and food equity
Improving access to healthful foods in underserved neighborhoods
●    Friday, August 10th: Farmers markets and civic engagement
          Growing social capital and engaging volunteers
●    Saturday, August 11th: Farmers markets and rural renewal
         Supporting agricultural diversity and farm viability while inspiring a new generation of producers

As a new addition to Farmers Market Week fun this year, FMC is also hosting the Farmers Market Inspiration Award, an essay contest designed to give farmers at markets an opportunity to tell the stories of why they love farmers markets.  The grand prize award is $1,000, with a submission deadline of August 11th, the last day of Farmers Market Week.