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September 21, 2016
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Food Stamps Go Online

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pilot program for testing the online use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps. The pilot, first approved in the 2014 Farm Bill, is scheduled to start next summer with five retailers in as many as three states. Interested retailers can formally apply to join the two-year pilot program. If the pilot is successful, the program could expand.

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September 21, 2016
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Good Food Purchasing Policy, a Q&A with Alexa Delwiche

Alexa Delwiche is the Executive Director of the Center for Good Food Purchasing (CGFP). She previously served as Managing Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, overseeing overall operations of the organization from 2011 – 2015. At the LA Food Policy Council, she spearheaded the development, launch and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFFP).

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September 9, 2016
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Baltimore Food Policy: A Q&A with Holly Freishtat

Holly Freishtat is Baltimore City’s first Food Policy Director. In this role, she created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI), an inter-governmental collaboration that aims to increase access to healthy affordable food in food deserts in Baltimore City. She is a key advocate at the city, state, and federal level for policies to enhance availability of healthy affordable food in Baltimore’s food deserts. Holly has spent over a decade working on food issues in a variety of contexts, experiences that have provided her with an understanding of the food system from the perspectives of a nutritionist, an educator, and a farmer.

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September 2, 2016
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Food Sustainability News

Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food (Civil Eats)

G.M.O. Labeling Law Could Stir a Revolution (NY Times)

Meet the Man Who’s Making Good Eggs Profitable (Food Tech Connect)

Can Kimbal Musk Do for Farms What Elon Has for Cars? (takepart)

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August 29, 2016
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This Week in Food Podcasts

For your listening pleasure, here are some great food-related podcasts from Science VS, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Bite, and Gatropod.

Topics include: the science of organic food, healthy fast food, the culinary history of the Great Depression, and the history, science and politics of salt.

“Organic Food” (Science VS) – Wendy Zukerman dives in and answers some appetizing questions behind the organic food craze; namely, is it good for us?

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August 27, 2016
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2016 AgTech Mid-Year Investing Report

So far, in 2016, AgTech investment dropped over 20% from the previous year, according to AgFunder’s 2016 AgTech Mid-Year Investing Report. The mid-year investment total of $1.8 billion puts the sector on track for a year-end total of $3.6 billion, marking a significant drop from 2015 ($4.8 billion), but still up from 2014 ($2.4 billion).

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August 26, 2016
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Food Sustainability News

From Printer to Plate: How Might 3D Food Printing Transform the Grocery Store? (Big Think)

Cities Hire Food Systems Experts To Address Obesity, Food Access (Civil Eats)

How big data will revolutionize the global food chain (McKinsey & Company)

The system for catching dangerous pathogens in America’s food supply is finally working (Quartz)

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