Category Archives: Discussing

What is a serving size?

Health News reporter Madeline Ellis in the article “Portion Distortion: How big is a serving?” asks how much food actually constitutes a healthy-sized portion?

Fooducate: ABA sinks soda tax

At the Fooducate, they are explaining in the recent posting “Here’s why Coke is stronger than the Government” that in this great democracy called America, money votes. And through a series of contributions and investments of the American Beverage Association, the proposed tax has been all but buried.

Brownell urges support of NY soda tax

Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, has written the column “Want a healthier state? Save Gov. Paterson’s tax on sugar soda” in the New York Daily News.

Seattle launches the Year of Urban Agriculture

Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilmembers announced the “2010: The Year of Urban Agriculture” campaign to promote urban agriculture efforts and increase community access to locally grown food.

In April of 2008, Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31019, the Local Food Action Initiative, outlining a series of actions developed to promote local and regional food sustainability and security. The goals of the Local Food Action Initiative include improving the local food system through advancing the City of Seattle’s interrelated goals of race and social justice, environmental sustainability, economic development, and emergency preparedness.

“We are committed to making changes that are better for people and better for the environment. This means making it easier to garden and grow food, to ensure that good food is available in all neighborhoods, and to find innovative ways to encourage local and regional food production,” said Mayor McGinn.

The City of Seattle recognizes that supporting urban agriculture is an important component of improving public health and building community relationships. The City’s P-Patch Program in the Department of Neighborhoods, “Healthy Parks, Healthy You” initiative in the Parks Department, and guidelines from the Seattle Department of Transportation for the use of planting strips for gardens contribute to creating more opportunities to learn about and grow food.

“One in eight people nationally are using food banks,” stated Council President Richard Conlin. “There is tremendous interest and opportunity in Seattle for growing food which can improve access to healthy food. We want to encourage our residents to get their hands in the soil and connect to others who are interested in urban agriculture.”

In support of the Urban Agriculture campaign, the City launched an interactive web portal including a calendar highlighting local events related to urban agriculture and activities, information and resources available, and links to many organizations working toward improving the local food system.

Paul Haas, resource development director of Solid Ground added, “What this campaign means is new community farms providing fruits and vegetables for people who otherwise have little access to good food.”

In 2010, the City along with community partners will be advancing a number of initiatives related to urban agriculture including opening a new urban food bank farm, developing additional community gardens through the Parks Levy, and considering new land use codes that support urban agriculture.

City Initiatives & Programs

Krispy Kreme Challenge

News and Observer photographs Feb. 6 Krispy Kreme Challenge where 6,000 people sign up to run, eat a dozen donuts and run some more.

FDA looking at serving size

New York Times reporter William Neuman in the article “FDA weighs update to standard serving sizes” writes that the FDA wants to encourage manufacturers to post vital nutritional information, including calorie counts, on the front of food packages.

Students learn about their food

New York Times Brooklyn Journal reporter Hannah Wallace in the article “Learning what food looks like before it goes into the package” writes that a group of Brooklyn students are taking an elective English course that is a primer about food broadly defined — its social, political and economic aspects.