For 48 hours on June 21-23, over 250 food industry leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives convened at Hack//Meat Silicion Valley, a hackathon to develop hardware and software solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat production and consumption. The three-day event was held at the Institute of Design at Stanford, and was organized by Food+Tech Connect in partnership with Applegate and GRACE Communications Foundation.
It's back to school time! Here at GRACE we're trying to make everyone's job a little easier by providing free tools and resources that both teachers and students can use in their work on sustainable food, water and energy.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and GRACE are partnering to pose this challenge to the hackers at Hack//Meat SV: How can we find, recruit and empower a million consumer activists to demand meat without antibiotics?
It's shocking to think that even in the richest country in the world, over 300,000 of our elderly Veterans who bravely defended our nation at home and abroad are unable to afford enough food to feed themselves or their families and suffering from diet related diseases. New York and several other states have begun to implement innovative local food programs to help low income Veterans access fresh, healthy food.
Given the dire situation in many rural communities, democratic senators from rural states are criticizing President Donald Trump's proposed budget, saying it would have "significant negative impacts" on rural America. Last week, 29 Democratic senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the rural development cuts and the proposed elimination of an account that pays for rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects. [Seattle Times].
Despite the fact that USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has spent much of his first month in office making trips to the Midwest to tout President Trump's support and concern for rural America and farmers, Trump's fiscal 2018 budget unveiled this week proposes to cut or eliminate key farm safety net, nutrition, research and trade programs. [Omaha World Herald]
Congress will soon hold the first of many hearings to discuss what will be in the 2018 farm bill. If President Trump's skinny budget is any indication of what's to come, there may be a lot of critical food and farm programs cut from the bill. Here are some on the chopping block.
We recently spoke with Kris Moon, Vice President at the James Beard Foundation (JBF), an organization whose mission is to "celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire." Kris tells us more about the JBF's newly-launched Impact Programs, the Foundation's role in the good food movement and what inspires him in this work.
A new program, known as the HomeStyle Energy Mortgage, just hit the market and could help you put solar panels on your roof. [Washington Post]