AmpleHarvest.org has an interesting problem.
People LOVE it.
They love the idea and the program – that you can use the Internet to help solve immediate problems like hunger and malnutrition which in turn help to solve long term problems like childhood obesity, type II diabetes etc. while also helping the environment.
Think about your experiences in the kitchen of your childhood home. I’d bet you probably fall into one of two camps. Either your kitchen was the “heart of the home,” a place where family members congregated not just to cook, but to talk, learn, and revel in the comfort of sharing family traditions…or it was basically just the place where the freezer and microwave lived.
Students at Michigan State University (MSU) are busily preparing for their first ever Food Day celebration! Students from the Ecological Food and Farm Stewardship Club are teaming up with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization to create an informational, interactive day-long event.
Last fall, Congress allowed the farm bill to expire without a new bill to take its place. Instead, Congressional leaders cobbled together an awful and temporary extension of the old farm bill on New Year’s Eve that shut down a number of innovative programs indefinitely.
As of October 1, Congress has once again allowed the farm bill to expire, and these programs are now at risk of becoming permanently “stranded” without funding. These stranded programs impact over half of the agricultural sector – including fruit and vegetable, organic, renewable energy, livestock, minority, and beginning farmers – and invest in sustainable food systems, rural job creation, and the next generation of farmers. Unless Congress takes action, these innovative and forward-looking programs will disappear.
This is the first post in our “What’s at Stake in the Farm Bill?” series that focuses on ten of the stranded programs and how their expiration impacts farmers and communities throughout the country.
Healthy meals made from basic ingredients are fun to prepare and a joy to eat, and teaching kids to cook such meals is a major focus of Food Day 2013. Food Day organizers asked The Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood, to develop 20 delicious recipes that kids should enjoy cooking and eating. Some of the recipes are quite simple and appropriate for young children. But others involve sharp knives, a hot oven, and a food processor and require adult supervision. So adjust your recipe choices to your child’s (or your) skills.
Check out Food Day's new 20 Recipes to Get Kids Cooking! cookbook today! http://bit.ly/15OBum0.
I got the chance to chat with celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks about his work raising awareness about diabetes. Learn what he’s doing to encourage healthy eating!