Tag Archives: Local food

Grit Alone Won’t Protect Local Food Systems

The marketplace of home vegetable gardens, community supported agriculture, farmers markets, road side vegetable stands, restaurants, retail interests and direct farm sales hasn’t coalesced into a sustainable local food system, and may not. One should never doubt the resilience of … Continue reading

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In an Iowa Kitchen

The local food movement relies more on kitchens than grocery stores; more on gardens than commercial growers. While use of locally sourced food by many restaurants has changed to include more of it, a local foods movement cannot be sustained … Continue reading

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August Recess

SOLON, Iowa — While Trish Nelson takes a well-deserved break, I will attempt to fill her shoes at Blog for Iowa. Delegates from the national party conventions dispersed last week and there is a lot to write about. Party and … Continue reading

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Taking Local Out Of Local Food

Ingredients for this kale salad were grown within 100 feet of our kitchen. It is as local as food gets. We enjoy garden produce in high summer — when nature’s bounty yields so much food we either preserve or give … Continue reading

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Organic Food & The Farmer's Face

Is the local food movement here to stay? Intellectually, how could it not be? The future must necessarily be one of producing food much closer to where people live, especially as transportation costs escalate, and current food sources in the … Continue reading

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Iowans For Sherrie Taha

IOWA CITY– The fact that Sherrie Taha, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, supports reduction of food imports to Iowa only makes sense. “Rather than import the bulk of the food we eat from outside of our state, we need … Continue reading

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Feeding The World–Iowa-Style

Iowa Can’t Feed the World; Local Producers Can’t Either The frequent jeremiad of big agriculture is about propping them up so Iowa farmers can feed the world. Political speeches at the recent opening of a first of its kind biorational … Continue reading

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Eat Your Iowa Vegetables

There is little agreement about how to apply the principles of sustainable agriculture to the dominant chemical-based farming system and equally robust hegemony of consumer society. It is not clear that these ideas about farming and consumerism even go together. … Continue reading

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The Customer is Always Right– but They Lie

A friend worked at a fast food restaurant and spoke about their policy of replacing food items that were wrong when the order was prepared. For example, if a person asked for a burger with no pickles, and pickles were … Continue reading

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North Liberty Seeks Urban Chickens

It is with a bit of trepidation that I venture into an expository piece about urban chickens. As people continue to move from rural areas to cities, attracted by jobs, apartments, and a type of society reliant upon the aggregation … Continue reading

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