Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools and Food Safety Web Forum

Friday, October 11th, 10 am PT/1 pm ET
Join the Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition and partners this October for a series of Farm to School Month web forums that explore farm to school and food safety from health and agriculture perspectives. The series kicks off this Friday with a special look at salad bars in schools.
Learn about the benefits, challenges, myths and realities of salad bars in schools and food safety. Hear success stories and find out how to move a salad bar to your school.
Stay tuned for more information on additional web forums that we'll be hosting throughout the month:
  • Farm to School Food Safety Project, Thursday, October 17, 11 am PT/2 pm ET
  • Background on Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety Rule
  • Farm to School and the Cost of Food Safety, Tuesday, October 22, 11 am PT/2 pm ET
  • Food Safety, Urban Farming, and Farm to School, Monday, Oct 28, 10 am PT/1 pm ET
 Click here to REGISTER for Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools and Food Safety.
Supporting Agricultural Viability and Community Food Security:
A Review of Food Policy Councils and Food System Plans
American Farmland Trust reviewed 134 food policy councils and food system plans to see if they lead to state and local government actions to support agricultural viability, natural resource conservation and community food security. The report,  Supporting Agricultural Viability and Community Food Security: A Review of Food Policy Councils and Food System Plans, found that both can make incremental improvements and contribute to policy changes, especially at local levels. However, the verdict is still out as to whether either approach has the ability to foster transformational, system-wide change. For more research and analysis at the intersection of health and agriculture, check out our website.
Finding Common Ground on Local and Regional Food Systems
When we talk about food systems, we're talking about something that affects us all - from the way our food is grown and processed to how it's marketed and prepared. We all rely on the labor of farmers, farmworkers, canning factory workers, truck drivers, supermarket stockers, and others in the chain. And we all have a stake in the environment in which the food is grown, the resources used to process and distribute it, and the consumer expectations that drive different farming techniques. All of these pieces make up the food system.
Learn more about local and regional food systems, and why both health and agriculture stakeholders are interested in supporting them.
Finding Common Ground is a series of Healthy Farms Healthy People issue briefs, authored by Coalition Steering Committee Member Organization ChangeLab Solutions, bringing agriculture and health stakeholders together, to build a stronger base of support for a healthy, economically viable food and farming system in the United States.
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