Monthly Archives: October 2009

Minnesota's Evolving Food Industry

A new study by the Crossroads Resource Center analyzes the importance of food relationships to Minnesota’s economy.  Here are some highlights from the press release: Emergent Food Businesses Build Trust A new study, “Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry,” concludes that … Continue reading

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Red Light Eating

The Food and Drug Administration is making efforts to remove leading labels from the front of food boxes in stores. More notably, the label “Smart Choice”, used by big name companies like Kellogg’s on cereal boxes like Froot Loops.

What’s more, according to an FDA announcement Americans could expect to see dramatically clarified front-box labeling in the form of a traffic light system. This system is currently used in Britain to show different content levels of salts, sugars and fats. 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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Value-Added Producer Grant: Application Workshop

(Mount Vernon, WA) The Northwest Agriculture Business Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a half-day grant writing workshop to assist producers in applying for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant. The class will be taught by Sharon Exley, USDA Business Programs Specialist, and will be held on October 20th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm at the Burlington Public Library located at 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington. 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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PSFN's First Transaction

With our system on its way to full functionality, the Puget Sound Food Network is already making connections within the Puget Sound region. Our first official transaction took place yesterday when Growing Washington delivered products including cukes and a braising … Continue reading

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Washington's Agricultural Statistics/ Top 10 Commodities

Today, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the 2008 figures for Washington State’s agricultural value and the top forty commodities. What’s changed since 2007? Overall, Washington State’s agricultural production value has decreased from $8.32 billion in 2007 to $7.88 … Continue reading

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Food Behemoths Jump on "Buy Local" Campaign

In a recent article from The Globe and Mail, Sarah Elton discusses how big brand companies and supermarket chains are adopting the “‘buy local’ zeitgeist with marketing efforts aimed at capturing this audience.”  Elton refers to several ad campaigns from … Continue reading

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