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Happy New Year!
It is once again that time of year that many take time to reflect on activities and accomplishments of the last year and look ahead to next steps and new opportunities in the next.
First, the Oregon Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) team would like to applaud all of the hard work you have done this past year. The effort you are making to serve healthy, sustainably produced food and create healthier eating environments helps protect the well-being and future viability of our environment, food system and public health. Thank you for tirelessly hosting farm stands/farmers markets, encouraging employee involvement in Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), buying and serving food grown in Oregon, exploring new avenues for getting access to meat and poultry produced without antibiotics, and taking an active role in supporting the health of your patients, staff, visitors and community.
We are now gearing up for a busy, exciting 2013 and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with you as we move forward. We would like to alert you to some new opportunities for you to engage in as well as new initiatives we will be undertaking.
We welcome your feedback on how we can best support you in working on Healthy Food in Health Care project and initiatives. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions.
Here's to a new year of healthy, sustainable food for all!
Oregon Grows Partnership
Growing Better Food and Farm Policy Supporting regional and sustainable growers through your purchasing decisions is mightily important to a healthy and sustainable food system and often times these efforts can be aided by work on food and farm policy. We are excited to tell you about a new partnership we have joined to help make that connection to policy advocacy. The Oregon Grows Partnership (OGP) is a legislative coalition founded in 2010 by a group of food and agriculture organizations from around the state to promote family agriculture and local food. Throughout 2013 we will be sharing with you opportunities to learn more about and weigh in on legislative issues that support regional farmers. The OGP has chosen three priorities for the 2013 legislative session:
You can learn more about OGP and these priorities by visiting the Oregon Grows Partnership website.
Tools and Resources
Building bigger cattle: An industry overdose. Two kids injured in the Joplin, Mo., tornado in May 2011 suffered from antibiotic-resistant infections from dirt and debris blown into their wounds. Physicians tried different drugs, but nothing seemed to work. Blame the overuse of antibiotics in livestock, according to doctors familiar with their cases.
Beef's raw edges. The Kansas City Star, in a yearlong investigation, found that the beef industry is increasingly relying on a mechanical process to tenderize meat, exposing Americans to higher risk of E. coli poisoning. (First of three parts)
Maker of methyl iodide ends US EPA registration. The maker of the controversial pesticide methyl iodide, used primarily to fumigate strawberries, has agreed to remove all of its products from the U.S. market and end sales permanently.
For migrant workers, still the harvest, and the shame. As America prepares for its ritual feast, a look back at an epic broadcast that forever changed the way we look at farm workers..
Working wonders without water out West. A generation of farmers in the West mulls a switch from water-intense - and profitable - crops like cotton and irrigated wheat to thriftier, rain-fed sorghum and grains. For many of the West's farmers, a drier climate brings an economic hit.
FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with the new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law
Pesticide exposure harms memory. Exposure to even low levels of organophosphates in pesticides can cause lasting harm to the brain, scientists have concluded. A review of 14 separate studies has shown that chemicals can reduce memory and the ability to process information quickly.
18th – Institutional Buyers Alliance – 9:30-11:30 (Portland, Oregon – Ecotrust Building (Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center – 721 NW 9th Ave.)
7th – 9th – Organicology – 12:00PM-1:00PM (Portland, Oregon – Hilton Portland)
7th – Sustainable Procurement for Institutional Purchasers Intensive at Organicology – 1PM-5PM (Hilton Portland)
12th - Friends of Family Farmers InFARMation – 5:30PM-8:30PM (Portland, Oregon – Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison)