Food Miles: How Far Does Your Food Travel?
Chicken nuggets have become an American favorite with adults and children alike. Tyson Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, and Perdue Farms are responsible for half the chicken production in the United States, primarily using contract farming. In 2007, Georgia alone produced 204,868,242 million chickens.1 It stands to reason, then, that if you’re in Georgia—say, in one of its top chicken producing counties, Franklin—you would expect that the chicken nuggets you eat there would be locally sourced.…
Hunger is No Game
March is National Nutrition Month. For a lot of us in Essex County, this month may prompt us eat a little healthier, or incorporate more whole foods in our diets. But National Nutrition Month should also serve as a reminder that for far too many of our neighbors, hunger is a life-threatening reality. Beyond the immediate physical effects of hunger, it can also have significant long-term consequences. Proper nutrition is the foundation for a child’s…
A Homegrown Approach to Fighting Hunger
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 million Americans simply do not have enough to eat. Before you dismiss the phrase “50 million” as just another, incomprehensible number, consider it this way: if you add together the populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia—nearly half of the…