Localecopia, Palm Beach County, FL
Localecopia is a non-profit organization focused on bringing together businesses, producers, educators and government organizations for the purpose lessening our carbon footprint by supporting local product consumption, helping operations betterutilize waste and bringing together individuals to help achieve sustainable business practices.
Slow Food USA
Slow Food is an not for profit organization based on an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with members in over 150 countries, connecting the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food USA is part of a global movement, which believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food.
Good: The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.
Clean: When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.
Fair: We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.
Learn more about their work visit www.slowfoodusa.org
by Sharon Quercioli
Arugula, also known as Garden Rocket (or roquette if one prefers the French variation), is a bitter salad green similar in many ways to other leafy greens, but is classified as cruciferous, like broccoli and cauliflower. The herb grows to about 2.5 feet tall and puts out lovely, purple-veined white flowers. Not only is this star of many a spectacular salad easy to grow in our gardens, but it’s very nutritious for us as well. High in antioxidants and many other nutrients, it’s a great addition to the menu that doubles as that famous ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure!
Evidence Suggests Arugula Strengthens Our Immune System
Cruciferous veggies seem to be especially useful in protecting against certain cancers due to the presence of glucosinolates in their composition, which our bodies transform into isothiocyanates, which is just a fancy word for that which can regulate immune function and play a role in cancer prevention. From a different angle, vegans love the healthy boost of iron they get from munching Arugula. Not too much iron, but just enough to keep our blood healthy and happy.
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The Skinny on Food Subsidies in the US
$277.3 billion in subsidies 1995-2011.
$172.3 billion in commodity subsidies.
$46.6 billion in crop insurance subsidies.
$37.0 billion in conservation subsidies.
$21.4 billion in disaster subsidies.
62 percent of farms in United States did not collect subsidy payments - according to USDA.
Ten percent of farms collected 75 percent of all subsidies. Amounting to $172.2 billion over 17 years. Top 10%: $31,400 average per year between 1995 and 2011.
Bottom 80%: $594 average per year between 1995 and 2011.
Amount of Subsidies for non-corn based BioFuels - Zero Dollars ($0)
For more info on subsidies go to www.ewg.org