FoodWired Top Ten – June 8, 2011

This week, most food folks in the US were focused on the USDA’s new MyPlate icon, so it gets top billing in this week’s top ten. But the rest of the food world was plenty abuzz with excitement as you’ll see…

  1. Thank you USDA for acknowledging you don’t have to eat beef to be healthy. Too bad Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, couldn’t think of a vegetarian protein to name when questioned in the live press conference. And for 100 points, the answer is? ding, ding, ding…. legumes! The bean lobby apparently still has some work to do. Read more about USDA’s MyPlate and alternative, the PCRM Power Plate.
  2. That may have been exciting national news, but there’s lots of exciting FoodWired updates too. FoodWired Colorado has launched a new homepage, highlighting the best in local Good Food each month, with cherries up this month. You’ll also find upcoming events and featured local restaurants, farmer’s markets and foodies we love. Thanks Marny and Matt!
  3. Speaking of local food, do you know where your local agriculture products are produced? The folks at the Colorado Department of Agriculture have put together a nifty map of where Colorado local foods are grown to show you. Not in Colorado? Check out your local department of agriculture to see what info they have available. You’d be amazed at the resources you may find by organizations that don’t have the marketing budgets to tell you about them.
  4. The Old South Pearl farmer’s market opened this past weekend. And thanks to Miller Farms, my friend Madeline picked up a huge bag of veggies for only $10. She’s writing about it this week on The Wee Wire. Farmer’s markets are now opening up across the country. Look for one near you on Local Harvest.
  5. Thanks to my peeps at Foodstalk for forwarding on this amazing slideshow about Street Eats around the world including fresh watermelon from Saudi Arabia, strawberries from Palestine, greens from Vietnam and grains and nuts from the Ivory Coast. But seriously, what comic included an ice cream truck on the beach in England and a hot dog cart in New York? Is that what local food means to you in a city?
  6. Fortunately, there are new people cropping up all over the country who are changing the urban food landscape. Check out this trailer for Urban Roots, a documentary that shares some of their stories with you. It has inspired me to take a trip to Detroit this summer to check out the urban agriculture movement firsthand. What’s happening in your neighborhood?
  7. My own “urban farming” effort is also well underway. Stay tuned for a FoodWired House update. Are you gardening this year? Check out what to plant when depending on where you live, courtesy of Mother Earth News.
  8. I heard that the law recently changed in Colorado to allow residents to retain rain water for use in gardening. I’m still trying to verify that, but in the meantime – do you know what different types of food products cost in water to bring to market? You may think beef tops the list at 1799 gallons of water per pound of beef. But you’d be wrong. Sorry ladies. Cocoa beats it at a whopping 3170 gallons per pound! Check out National Geographic’s “How much water does it take?
  9. I celebrated changing my name back to Raw, my maiden name, by going to Raw Night at RootDown. First Tuesday of every month, Denverites can pretend we have a raw restaurant where everything you eat is “cooked” at a temperature below 105 degrees for maximum nutrient value. Check out the photos on Facebook.
  10. And finally, a shout out to two amazing women – my cousin Tamma, who recently started a farmer’s market in a food desert in Washington DC. We caught up this past weekend over Tropical Green Smoothies. And Kris Carr, who has been an inspiration to thousands of cancer patients and survivors, as well as thousands of foodies who just want to eat well and makes a fabulous daily magic potion – Make Juice Not War. Great alternatives who find they just can’t fit that many veggies on their plate.

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