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Food Collaborative takes a "Dive!" Into the Debate on Food Waste

Written by Lynda Fanning The UVA Food Collaborative hosted its 5th film screening of the academic year on April 1, showing DIVE!, written and directed by Jeffrey Seifert. The documentary examines the high food waste in this country, which is especially disturbing given the prevalence of hunger and the effect of food waste in landfills on the environment and climate change. The film did not dwell on food wasted by schools, hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, hospitals, etc., and only slightly treated the wasted food of individual households; rather it focused on foods wasted by food stores/chains whose products reach the sell by date. Sta ... [more]

Orthodoxy vs. Heresy and Innovation: Joel Salatin and the Story of Polyface Farm

On Wednesday, March 19th at 4 pm, the Virginia Animal Law Society and Virginia Environmental Law Journal will welcome Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, prolific writer and memorable speaker. His talk will describe how he has learned to overcome the cultural orthodoxy surrounding commercial farming and successfully pursue innovation by starting an environmentally sustainable, "beyond-organic" farm that promotes the human treatment of animals. Polyface Farm products are sold to 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, and 10 retail outlets. Event details: Wednesday, March 19 at 4pm Purcell Reading Room

Food Desert Report Submitted to VA General Assembly

From the Executive Summary: The purpose of the Virginia Food Desert Study Report is to determine the current statusof food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The report identifies challenges, consequences, strategies, and resources to address food deserts and offers recommendations for the Virginia General Assembly’s consideration and action. For the purpose of the study, the Task Force accepted a version of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s definition of a food desert as “an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly such an area composed of predominately lower-income neighborho ... [more]

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The Morven Summer Institute Announces Four Partial Scholarships for Summer 2014!

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