HOW MUCH OF OUR FOOD IS COMING FROM CHINA?
IN THE NEWS
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unwanted electronic devices. There is also an incentive to receive a gift card
with each donation. A great explanation of the program can be found here:
Montanans (and others) making a difference in Food Sourcing:
AERO - Alternative energy Resources Organization
Farm-to-School in Montana - a summary of what's happening in our state with the Farm-to-School Program. It's growing!
Grow Montana - To promote community economic development policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve all of our citizens' access to Montana foods.
Groundworks Farm LLC - Eric & Audra Bergman are providing a source of wonderful food, good pork, free-range chickens, eggsand community supported agriculture (CSA). Applications are on their website for 2012.
Prairie Heritage Farm - Jacob and Courtney Cowgill raise poultry, vegetables (they have CSA's), whole dry grain, ground grains, and fresh herbs. (Conrad)
Rough Diamond Farm/Chris McVeda - poultry (Great Falls/Manchester)
Eat Wild - Eatwild.com Your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy...and other wild edibles - this link takes you to the Montana page.
The Orchard at Flathead Lake - Heidi Johnson has Flathead Cherries, and a variety of products from her cherries.
Food Corps - a new organization working to match Americorps volunteers with local communities to develop Farm to School Projects and work with school gardens
Window Farms - great ideas for growing in the Montana winters and in schools
Food Renegade - a very informative website about eating REAL food.
Want to know where your food is made or grown, not just the distributor? Learn how to understand barcode "code" with these simple numbers and countries. Link here to download and print.
Ever wonder why it can be so hard to find locally-grown foods in an agricultural state like Montana?
Grow Montana, Montana Farmers Union, and Community GATE Farm to Table Project put together this video to explore exactly that question. Enjoy!
Please click the arrow to watch the video. (Approx. 10min)
Milk crate gardens? An innovative idea that any of us can use.......check out this article.
Click this link to see short video on GMO's.
Sedgwick, Maine 1st town to declare food soverignty, see link: http://www.naturalnews.com/039633_Sedgwick_food_freedom_federal_laws.html
USDA article on support for Farm-to-School programs: http://helenair.com/news/national/usda-seeks-ways-to-boost-farm-to-school-programs/article_f2b63f7b-65ea-5039-970d-27ab0af1bf1a.html#ixzz1RzCSACTU
West Elementary starts the first school garden in the Great Falls School District! Composting and gardening story in the Great Falls Tribune Monday, May 24th http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011105230314
Click this link for a wonderful story about what the Salvation Army is doing in Billings, MT. with bokashi composting and a program to put people to work.
Bin-building: here's the link for the video about building bins and bokashi.
An interesting article on Factory Farms and the waste products affecting our ground water...http://www.alternet.org/story/150993/factory_farms_produce_100_times_more_waste_than_all_people_in_the_us_combined_and_it%27s_killing_our_drinking_water
Diane Sawyer's evening news reports this week of Nov. 15 have centered on China, which is now the third largest source of combined U.S. agricultural and seafood imports. Over the past decade China has ramped up its food processing capacity, emerging as a major exporter of a wide range of food products.
According to the USDA's Economic Research Service, last year, two-thirds of Americans' apple juice came from Chinese apple juice concentrate.
In 2009, seafood imports from China accounted for 22 percent of the U.S. total. (Twenty-five percent of whole fish imports and 49 percent of our frozen fish filets.)
China was the second largest source of U.S. preserved vegetable imports in 2007, with a total import share valued at 20 percent.
If you want to understand where your food is coming from, read food labels. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is mandatory on retail products including, whole and ground (single ingredient) beef, goat, lamb, chicken and pork, as well as wild and farm-raised fish and shell fish, and nuts including peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts.
I took the information for this message from http://www.supermarketguru.com/, an online supermarket news website and radio show. The original source of the statistics is USDA-ERS.