Students eating more fruits, veggies under new USDA guidelines.

Kids eating fruits and veggiesWith nearly 32 million American students receiving government-subsidized meals every day, getting children the nutrition they need is a priority for schools as well as legislators. In the fall of 2012, revamped school lunch guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) went into effect. Continue reading

Our Broken Food System

Picture of shopping basket A friend of mine from Texas recently posted a photo on her Facebook page and asked “Does this really look like $100 worth of food?” take a look at the photo on the left, what do you think…Does this look like $100 dollars worth of food? The reality is that over 63% of our daily calories come from processed foods, and eating healthier costs about $550 more per year for one person. Continue reading

Feed people, not landfills – Part 3 | between farm and fork

Field Production TruckAfter produce leaves the farm it has 3 more stops before it hits your plate; processing, distribution and the retail market. It is estimated that 13% of food loss along the food supply chain (FSC) happens in these three areas with retail being the largest contributor at around 12%. The moment produce is picked it begins to expire and the freshness clock starts ticking. Produce needs to get to the processing plant and distributed to retail stores in most cases in less than 2 days. In this third part of the four part series  I will present the issues related to food loss between the farm and fork. Continue reading