Food Insecurity in the News: Cutting Food Waste for Farmers, a Solidarity Fridge, Food Insecurity & Health Costs

Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.


 

Cutting food waste to support farmers and the famished

Secretary Vilsack proposed the idea of a young leader investing the time to create a mobile app that would virtually eliminate food waste by connecting those with excess food to places in need of food, such as food banks, homeless shelters and other underserved communities.

Read more on the Environmental Defense Fund’s Blog.


 

To cut food waste, Spain’s Solidarity Fridge supplies endless leftovers

At a Basque restaurant nestled in the green hills just outside the Spanish city of Bilbao, head cook Itziar Eguileor gestures toward a dumpster out back.

“This all used to go into the garbage,” she says, lugging a huge pot of leftover boiled artichokes. “But now, these artichokes, we pack them in tupperware, load them into our old Land Rover and drive them over to Solidarity Fridge.”

Read the full story on MPR.org


America’s Local Farms

As part of National Farmers Market Week, I would like to bring attention to an important economic driver, one that is bursting with fresh produce and happy customers. Farmers’ markets connect farms to urban areas, giving people access to fresh, healthy, and locally-grown produce and encouraging growth in local economies and regional food systems. At a time when more than one-third of Americans are considered obese and one-third develop heart disease, it’s time we changed our eating habits. To do this, we need a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system that will grow our economy and increase access to healthy food.

Read more on Huffington Post.


Food insecurity and high healthcare costs go hand in hand

People with severe food insecurity, who struggle the most to put food on the table, have healthcare costs more than twice as high as people who are food secure, according to a new Canadian study… People who have food insecurity, meaning inadequate or insecure access to food due to low income, “have poorer (physical and mental) health, this is documented extensively for adults and children,” said lead author Valerie Tarasuk of the University of Toronto.

Read the full story on Agweek.com.

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