Trade vs. local economies: Procurement on the table

Communities across the United States and Europe are working to transform local economic systems so that they are more sustainable and equitable. Many states and communities are utilizing public procurement programs to support those efforts, especially bidding preferences for healthy, locally grown foods, energy or transportation programs that create local jobs and fair markets. Especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession, Buy American programs have helped ensure that taxpayer-funded programs create local jobs and serve social goals. Farm to School programs that incentivize purchases from local farmers have grown in all 50 U.S. states and many European countries. Innovative efforts are also underway to expand this approach to other institutions such as hospitals, universities and early childcare programs like Head Start.

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FEAST fosters local growers, sustainable food

Locally grown and locally sourced foods are making a real comeback, not only at co-op groceries but on chefs' menus, in public school lunches and at mainstream grocery stores.

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Eat local, save the planet

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While climate change is typically associated with power plants, rising sea levels, or melting glaciers, an often overlooked yet important piece of the issue is our food system – agriculture is at the same time a cause, victim, and potential solution to climate change, depending on the way we grow and transport food from the fields to our plates.

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Serious dough: Twin Cities launches first Donut Crawl

(Photos by Megan Nash) Participants showed up in large numbers for Twin Cities' first Donut Crawl, some of them donning donut attire.

Angie King just wanted to do something fun with her friends on the weekend. So, a few years ago she invited about ten people to go on a local donut crawl. After spreading the word via social media, King and some friends held their first official donut crawl.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson: Lessons in food, culture, and charisma

Before everyone and their mother had a blog, before we all photographed every plate we encountered, before google and the Food Network guided every edible decision we made, I attended a cookbook signing at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

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OPINION | Green energy can end African famine

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While Ebola occupies the world’s attention, a humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Somalia. In August, the Somali federal government declared famine in several regions.

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Big Meat flexes its muscles

It wasn’t the subject of a barrage of campaign ads this past month, nor has it been widely reported in the media or even debated much in the halls of Congress but new rules are being written right now as part of an arcane, secret process that will expand global agribusiness’ choke-hold over our food system, and you are not invited. A new report, Big Meat Swallows the Trans-Pacific Partnership, released today from IATP takes an in-depth look at what’s at stake for global agribusiness—and particularly the big meat corporations—in potentially the largest regional free trade agreement ever negotiated, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Brewing success: Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak work fast and furious to keep up with demand at Urban Growler Brewing Co.

(Photo by Sarah Whiting) Business partners Jill Pavlak, right, and Deb Loch of Urban Growler Brewing Co.

What can happen if you put a go-getter together with a careful planner, add hops and let steep? You might get Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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OPINION | Mississippi Market breaks ground in Dayton's Bluff with new goals

On Monday, October 13, Mississippi Market broke ground on their new store at the old Hospital Linen site at Maple and East 7th Street. This momentous occasion follows months of community meetings with topics spanning from the design of the building and new jobs, all the way to equity and diversity of their staff. Not only has Mississippi Market been actively engaged in building community partnerships prior to formally purchasing the property, they have also hired Diversity and Equity Consultant Lisa Tabor, owner of CultureBrokers® LLC, to help move their staff, training programs, and company policies to reflect their commitment to being a store that resembles the communities they are in.

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The Gravlax project: Public Kitchen

GRAVLAX: a Scandinavian dish of dry-cured salmon marinated in herbs. The word gravlax comes from the term gravadlax or "buried salmon," which was the traditional way of fermenting the fish.

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