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Study: Modern European genes may favor vegetarianism

by Krishna Ramanujan This article originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle. A Cornell study, published May 26 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, describes how shifts in diets in Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that […]

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Do you know of a community program that could use free food?

From Friendship Donations Network: Do you know of a community program that could use free food? Friendship Donations Network is Ithaca’s food rescue organization. We rescue fresh, nutritious food that​ ​would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistribute it to neighbors in need throughout Tompkins County and beyond. We provide food donations […]

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Foodnet Meals on Wheels Picnic

Announcement from Foodnet: What? It’s that time again! Foodnet Meals on Wheels is about to celebrate our 30th annual picnic and you’re invited. The picnic is always a great place to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. It’s also a way to meet the Foodnet Meals on Wheels staff.  Where? The […]

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Friendship Donations Network on WRFI

From the WRFI Human Rights Show: Meaghan Sheehan Rosen and Art Pearce from the Friendship Donations Network (FDN) talk about how the organization is rescuing surplus food and distributing it to food pantries and other sites across the county. Every year they distribute 500,000 pounds of food in Tompkins County and every week this services […]

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Voices from Ithaca’s Farm to Plate Conference

In this photo, participants of the Ithaca’s first “Farm to Plate Conference” were learning how to grow mushrooms. It was just one of the many sessions offering participants a chance to “Unite to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Just Local Food System.” The two-day conference was organized by the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the […]

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Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World

Announcement from Cornell: Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Cornell University Biotechnology Building G10 The CTL Partnership Forum entitled “Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World” will bring together leaders from industry, the investment community, and academia to explore current topics and trends in agriculture and animal production […]

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Tompkins County Local Food System Leads: Can it Grow?

Tompkins County’s farm to table movement began over 40 years ago. Monika Roth, Agriculture Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension and adviser to Ithaca Farmer’s Market, is an expert on the local food system which rose from this movement. In her paper presentation given on May 13th at the Farm to Plate Conference, Roth gave […]

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Reimagine a post-capitalistic world, says author Raj Patel

On Friday, author and professor Raj Patel spoke to more than 100 people during Ithaca’s first Farm to Plate Conference at The Space @ GreenStar. Just a few minutes in, he projected an image of Christopher Columbus on the screen with a quote, “I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe […]

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Building Power Through Agroecology: A Workshop of Ithaca’s 2017 Farm to Plate Conference

One of the first workshops on Saturday morning of the 2017 Farm to Plate Conference was lead by Corbin Laedlein in a classroom at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. He sat on a short chair within an intimate group of mainly white women and men, some of whom had experience with food justice work […]

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SouthSide Community Center “Seed to Supper” Classes

You Are Invited! SouthSide is teamed up with GreenStar Community Projects & Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer: Free gardener training classes on 5 Saturdays at SouthSide Community Center. Free & open to all – including a meal! For 5 Saturdays, SouthSide will feature a free gardener training program known as “Seed to Supper”: Gibrian Hagood and Joy Mathews […]