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Free Lunch For ALL NYC Kids; Losses in Texas After Harvey; Groundbreaking New Climate Bill; Florida Researchers Considering ‘Heat Resistant’ Cows

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Lunch is Now Served FREE For All NYC Public School Kids

Helping to eliminate the stigma of Free Lunch for “children in need,” and reinforcing the attitude which many food justice and public health advocates have, that learning is contingent upon being fed and full; New York City joined Detroit, Chicago, and Dallas with the decision to offer Free lunch for all public school kids regardless of their family’s income level.  Image result for free lunch

Previously districts taking advantage of what they call the Community Eligibility Provision which allows districts and schools to serve free meals without paperwork if at least 40 percent of their students qualify for federal meal assistance, the qualifying percent threshold  is now 60 percent. It is suggested by the author of this article, originally published by the Lunch Tray and then by Civil Eats, the commitment to establish Free Lunch for all kids may have been bolstered by the national attention brought to what I alluded to earlier, that has been specifically identified in the New York Times as “lunch shaming.” 

Losses in Winnie, TX After Harvey Floods Food and Cotton Crops

“It will take months, maybe even a full year, to get final figures on Texas’ agricultural losses to Harvey. But Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau says he’s done some back-of-the-envelope calculations. Roughly, Hall says just looking at cotton, Texas’s No. 2 product, farmers lost at least a fifth of the crop.” –NPR, the saltImage result for flooded crops

Roni Neff is the director of the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability & Public Health research program. Here he provides some insight to the damage done by Harvey, and more specifically, it’s potential impacts on consumers. “Reports of drowned fields and escaped livestock raised questions about the effects on farmers and the meat industry. With some refineries flooded or otherwise damaged, Neff said fuel prices might rise, cutting into grocery stores’ margins and perhaps leading to mark-ups for consumers.”

These are only a few examples of what many of us recognize as the repercussions of our history, and our continued denial, of an extractionist approach and industrialized growth, and their respective carbon emitting practices. Thus, the severity of this intense and increased level of environmental activity, let’s call it disasters, have only begun. 

BREAKING: Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act 

This is the “strongest piece of climate legislation ever introduced,” led by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and other Democrats who began preparing the bill earlier this year in April. The legislation addresses the switch to renewables while encompassing issues of environmental justice, including the undeniable fact that low-income families and communities of color are disproportionally affected by pollution. Image result for renewable energy

“The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act demands a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035,” states the Food and Water Watch team. Check out their campaign and tools for activating activism in your community here

New App to Help You Find Sustainable Seafood 

“The network began six years ago with a small handful of community-supported fisheries and has grown to include over 75 seafood businesses nationwide.” – Edible Brooklyn

San Francisco Community Fishing Association

LocalCatch.org is a community-of-practice “committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact and economically sustainable seafood” directly to consumers in order to support healthy fisheries and fishing communities.”

Florida Geneticists Research ‘Heat Resistant’ Cows

“For their research, University of Florida researchers will be studying the Brangus cow, a mix between an Angus and a Brahman that is good at thriving in warm climates. They aim to pinpoint the DNA segments from the breed, and its Angus and Brahman forefathers, that let it so effectively regulate its body temperature. This will then open up new possibilities, thanks to the wonder of gene-editing technology.”Check more details about the story here at Food Democracy Now here and their campaigns page here

 

About Bhavani Jaroff

Bhavani Jaroff is a Natural Foods Chef, Educator, Radio Host, and Food Activist. She has over thirty years experience cooking healthy, fresh organic food. Read More


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