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We’ve got a tough fight. In Georgia, almost 1 million children are overweight or obese. Across the nation, we lost 23 percent of our honeybee population last year, likely due to a new class of pesticides. And across the globe, up to 29 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gases come from conventional farming. These are huge problems, and we need […]

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We’ve all eaten one. The beyond-shriveled blueberry that manages to infiltrate the carton you picked up at the farmers market, the one you accidentally pop into your mouth with a handful of perfectly ripened berries, the one that has the taste and consistency of something ancient and terrible. Turns out there is such a thing […]

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Turns out many home garden plants billed as bird and bee-friendly have been pre-treated with a class of insecticides that’s harmful to both, according to a new study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies, including the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Georgia Organics, and the Atlanta Audubon Society. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, […]

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…And we’ve got the annual report to prove it! From the 5 Million Meals Campaign (which we way, way undershot) to the Golden Radish Awards to the Lettuce Try It campaign for National Farm to School Month to our work in our Northeast Georgia Pilot program, we had a lot to crow about! And the need […]

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“Feed My School for a Week” is a program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture in which, for one week, 75-100 percent of the food served in a school’s cafeteria is Georgia Grown. Eight schools across the state participated this year, and the program will expand to five additional schools next year. The program increases awareness about […]

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The vast majority (about 80 percent) of the budget for school food comes from tax reimbursement dollars. The remaining 20 percent are “entitlement dollars” that come from and are spent on the USDA Foods Program, including the Deptartment of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Both these programs can be used to support more local food in school […]

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Atlanta is ready to become a national leader in local food systems—today Mayor Kasim Reed signed an ordinance that will encourage and support our growing urban agriculture movement. (Read the full text of the ordinance here.) Development of the ordinance was led by the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Georgia Organics, a grassroots group of urban farmers, […]

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Chuice (chewable juice) is all about real food in convenient bottles. It includes nuts, seeds, fruit, and everything you need in smoothie form. Sujit Sharma intends to repopularize good, nutritious food and change the way people think about nutrition. Chuice allows him educate people and provide an easy, healthy option!​ Sujit, you’re a doctor. What sort […]

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With the population of the monarch butterfly at risk, conservationists are working to restore the habitats of these important pollinators, and the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta is putting an important call out to Georgians to collect native milkweed seed. Milkweed and other nectar plants are important for habitat creation for pollinators, such as the monarch. […]

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Chipotle has been a part of our My Market Club from the beginning—they believe fast food doesn’t have to be bad food, and their motto of farm to face is one we can get behind! In the My Market Club’s first year they supported us with those coveted burrito coupons—Ya know, the ones you get […]

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