Category Archives: Education

Vote Eat Local for Thanksgiving at Brighter Planet

Eat Local for Thanksgiving is a campaign led by the Cascade Harvest Coalition to drive local purchases and eating in Washington this Thanksgiving. Currently Eat Local for Thanksgiving is in the running for support from the Brighter Planet Project Fund … Continue reading

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Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

November 5,2009 Sheraton Hotel Portland Oregon To register online please click on register or visit our website: http://foodsafety.wsu.edu/ag/index.html Agenda 7:45         Registration 8:15         Welcome 8:30        Produce Food Safety Update Dr. David Gombas, Senior Vice-President, Food Safety and Technology, United Fresh … Continue reading

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America’s Fruit and Vegatable Deficiancy

A recent CDC report highlights the lack of fruits and vegetables in American diets. The report offers brand new data with State by State breakdown of fruit and vegetable consumption. Using a standard of 2+ fruits and 3+ vegetables daily, Washington State’s consumption for adults is at 15.1% meeting that requirement, compared to a national average of 14%. Washington State does not have data on adolescent fruit and vegetable consumption but national trends suggest that it is significantly lower in adolescent populations. Continue reading

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USDA Rolls Out More Web-Tools

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Wednesday the launching of new online tools to guide consumers through the wide-world of food. These tools evidence a new stance on food education from the USDA and an embrace of technology as communication … Continue reading

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Plane Emissions Pose Threat to Climate Change

According to recent reports from the UK Climate Change Committee,  it’s not just cars and cows that are contributing to CO2 production. Airplanes could account for 15-20% of all CO2 emissions produced by 2050. The CCC has made some drastic, … Continue reading

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USDA Announces New Initiative to Build Farm-to-School "Tactical Teams" around the country!

From our inbox via Washington State’s Farm-to-School Director, Tricia Kovacs. WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2009 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative to better connect children to their food and create opportunities for local farmers to provide … Continue reading

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Local food spending benefits economy

Portland, Oregon’s Ecotrust just released an economic analysis that researched the impact of farm to school spending across the state’s economy and found that “Investing in locally produced foods for the school lunchroom fortifies the state’s economy with dollars previously … Continue reading

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Wholesale Manuals

FamilyFarmed, in Chicago, has created a direct wholesale handbook called “Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce”. The publication ” Includes comprehensive sections on issues such as Building Relationships with Buyers, Food Safety, and Calculating … Continue reading

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