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I am hoping some of you may be able to point me toward information I think must be out there...but that I haven't been able to find!
I've seen both "Food Inc." and "Fresh" - two recently released documentaries about the contemporary U.S. food system, with emphasis on serious problems created by factory farms and other practices common within large-scale agricultural operations. These are powerful and thought-provoking films, and they put forth - visually and orally - some critical issues (health, ethical, environmental to name just a few) for all to consider.
That said, I am also interested in viewers who may question some of the perspectives/facts shared in either or both of these films. As I said above, I know the films raise critical issues, but I sense that some of the films' generalities might be overstated. (Admittedly, I may be wrong in this, but I'd like a broader foundation for evaluation than just my own inadequate knowledge base!)
Thanks, in advance, for any insights you could share with me and/or any references/websites/etc. you could point me toward.
Suzanne Pelican, MS, RD
Food & Nutrition Specialist / WIN Wyoming Coordinator
Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-5177; fax: 307-766-5686
May be of interest
Linda T. Drake, M.S.
Nutritionist and Program Director
UCONN Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Department of Nutritional Sciences
3624 Horsebarn Rd. Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4017
From: Food Research and Action Center [jadach(a)frac.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:49 AM
To: Drake, Linda
Subject: More than One in Six Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
More than One in Six Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
New Food Hardship Data Reflect Continuing Struggles and Highlights Need for Congress to Protect Nation’s Nutrition Safety Net
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202-986-2200 x3018
Washington, D.C. – February 28, 2013 – Millions of Americans continued in 2012 to struggle to afford enough food, according to new, up-to-date food hardship data from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). More than one in six Americans (18.2 percent) said in 2012 that there had been times over the past 12 months that they didn’t have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed.
FRAC’s food hardship report – Food Hardship in America 2012<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Rw18YL31A6qq%2FbmMhKe…> (pdf) – analyzes data that were collected by Gallup and provided to FRAC. The data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, which has been interviewing almost 1,000 households daily since January 2008. FRAC has analyzed responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” The report contains data throughout 2012 for every state, region, congressional district, and 100 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas (MSA).
The 18.2 percent national rate in 2012 was virtually unchanged from the rates in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as families continued to struggle with under- and unemployment, low wages, and inadequate government supports. The report found that food hardship rates remain too high, and that no corner of the country is immune from this struggle.
* Mississippi may have the worst rate among states, with one in four households reporting food hardship, but 42 states had rates of 15 percent of more. Even the “best” state, booming North Dakota, has one in ten households struggling with food hardship – just as unacceptable a problem given its prosperity.
* The worst MSAs may be Bakersfield, California and New Orleans, but 92 of 100 MSAs have at least one in eight (12.5 percent or more) households reporting food hardship.
* And, the worst congressional district may be in New York City, but 354 congressional districts – including rural, suburban and urban districts – have rates of 12.5 percent or more.
“Despite weaknesses in wages and employment, some in Congress continue to pursue cuts that would further fray our nation’s nutrition safety net,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. “Last year, Congress proposed billions in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). Today, it is poised to further harm low-income programs, including WIC and other nutrition programs, with its failure to resolve self-imposed fiscal crises. And Congress has made no attempt to forestall the scheduled November 2013 cut in SNAP benefits.”
“Congress needs to fix the problems rather than doubling down on harming the most vulnerable Americans,” continued Weill. “The cuts need to stop, and the conversation needs to change.”
With the Farm Bill still on the agenda for 2013, the report noted that Congress has the opportunity to strengthen SNAP so it can continue to be an important support for struggling households. A report recently released by the Institute of Medicine underscored the current inadequacy of SNAP benefit levels in ensuring that recipients’ nutritional needs are met, and outlined flaws in how SNAP benefits are currently calculated. “Protecting and strengthening SNAP must be a top priority as Congress starts fresh on a Farm Bill this year,” said Weill.
The report was released just days before the 2013 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, sponsored by FRAC and Feeding America, and held in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton. More than 700 anti-hunger advocates are expected to attend the conference which will culminate on Tuesday (March 5, 2012) with a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
The full report is available at www.frac.org.
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Grant Opportunities for Summer and Afterschool Meals in your Cities
With a 1.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has launched the second phase of CHAMP (Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool Meal Programs, which now also includes the summer nutrition programs).
Twenty city teams will be chosen to participate in one of two leadership academies that provide training on the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs. The three person city teams can be comprised of a city official and other key stakeholders, such as anti-hunger advocates and school officials. Cities that participate in the leadership academies will have the opportunity to apply for a grant to increase access to the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.
The CHAMP initiative provides an excellent opportunity for anti-hunger advocates to engage with city leaders and encourage them to apply to participate in the leadership academies in order to make afterschool and summer meals for low-income children a priority in their cities.
How Your City Leaders Can Apply – Follow this link to more information about the CHAMP initiative<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=WCIZAEry8OV4HjmWCsTNb…> on the NLC website. City leaders can also download the application<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ql18EmvGSchctVaW70m6V…> to participate in one of the regional leadership academies. For more information, contact Denise Belser at (202) 626-3028 or belser(a)nlc.org<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or Imani Hope at (202) 626-3180 or ihope(a)nlc.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
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I receive Phil Lempert’s Supermarket Guru e-newsletter and he reviews new products – thought you’d find this item interesting. It looks like they are only available in California at this time.
Veggie Mama Garden Pops $4.99 for 6 bars (pricey) http://www.veggiemama.com/ Frozen veggie and fruit snack
►Carrot berry (carrots, strawberry and beets)
►Citrus cucumber (spinach, citrus, mint)
►Sweet potato pie (Sweet potato, orange, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon)
40 - 80 calories each
I can’t find nutrition info on the website other than this info:
• Made with natural, organic, and when possible, local ingredients
• Made so that veggies are the first ingredient in each flavor
• Free of anything artificial
• Sweetened only with organic agave nectar
• Free of dairy and animal products
• Gluten Free