Bloomington Food Policy Council
Our next education working group meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 19, at 5:30 pm in the Monroe County Public Library room 214. We will discuss plans for the next year and upcoming projects. Anyone is welcome to attend and participate.
Contact Brian Lloyd at email@example.com for more information.
Join us for a special dinner, a book signing, and a conversation about food and mood.
"Everything you need for a healthy, happy brain can be found on a farm. Plants and animals provide the vitamins, minerals, fats, and phytonutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function."
Happiness is a biological event and in order for our brains to fire on all cylinders, they must be properly nourished. Most books about attaining happiness focus only on improving psychological well-being and your outlook on life. Dr. Drew Ramsey holds the perspective that the food many of us eat contributes to the soaring rates of mood disorders in this country. Before we can start changing our outlook, we need to start changing what's on our plates.
Dr. Drew Ramsey, a member-owner of Bloomingfoods, grew up eating from the family garden on a Crawford County, IN farm. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2000 and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College. He is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Visit http://drewramseymd.com
For more information, call 812-339-4442, ext. 204 or email Jean Kautt, Member Services Coordinator at at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As someone interested in local foods, we invite you to join the Local Growers' Guild Board of Directors and Guild Manager for our Annual Meeting. You’ll hear about the new activities of the LGG, such as our fall grower workshops and instructive videos giving you a glimpse of member farms. We'll introduce you to Farm Connect, an online buying club we hope to initiate for LGG members. We’ll also have time to visit with one another, share some food, and take a stroll through the Butler Vineyards. There will be opportunities for you to get involved in our projects too!The LGG Annual Meeting will be take place at 4pm on Sunday, July 15th at Butler Winery (6200 E. Robinson Rd.). Located high above the Bean Blossom Valley, Butler Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Indiana. Wine tasting and light refreshments. If possible, please bring a potluck item and your own dishware.
Want to learn how to manage your land for nature?
Whether you own ¼ acre or 100 acres, your land can be habitat for an amazing assortment of native plants and animals. Join us for a fun and enlightening day at Flatwoods Park in Monroe County at the first annual Sustaining Nature And Your Land Day (SNAYL Day). SNAYL Day is an outreach of Monroe County - Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) to help landowners gain the knowledge and skills to create resilient native habitat that is free of invasive plants.
Session topics include:
- Rain Gardens – How To Build Your Own
- Beautiful and Benign Choices for Landscaping
- Convert Your Lawn to Natives
- Total Pond Management
- Tools of the Trade for Invasive Control
- Deer Resistant Landscaping
- Back to the Basics: Invasive ID Hike
- Butterflies – More Than Just Pretty Bugs
- Talk With The Invasive Control Experts
Free Event - including lunch!
Sponsored by Monroe County Farm Bureau and EcoLogic LLC
Authors: Andrea Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão
An Agriculture Department study recently released found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception among some consumers that it’s cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal.
Most Americans consume diets that do not meet Federal dietary recommendations. A common explanation is that healthier foods are more expensive than less healthy foods. To investigate this assumption, the authors compare prices of healthy and less healthy foods using three different price metrics: the price of food energy ($/calorie), the price of edible weight ($/100 edible grams), and the price of an average portion ($/average portion). They also calculate the cost of meeting the recommendations for each food group. For all metrics except the price of food energy, the authors find that healthy foods cost less than less healthy foods (defined for this study as foods that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, and/or sodium, or that contribute little to meeting dietary recommendations).
Access the full report from the Economic Research Service.
Marti Crouch, a biologist specializing in interrelationships of agriculture and technology, will provide a presentation entitled “Going Backwards: What the New 2,4-D Resistant Crops Will Mean for Indiana’s Agriculture (And You)”. Folks in Northern Indiana have proposed renaming their region the “Giant Ragweed National Forest” now that this prominent weed has developed resistance to Roundup after widespread planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops. Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, has a “fix”: they have genetically engineered corn and soybeans to withstand higher doses of their old, iconic herbicide, 2,4-D. We’ll explore what the next generation of herbicide-resistant crops will mean for Indiana in this presentation.
Green Drinks Bloomington is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world. Folks gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections. It is held the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Green Drinks visit www.greendrinks.org.