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Consolidation and corporate control in the food system

Foodopoly book cover

Ever wonder what's really behind the American way of eating? Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, pulls back the curtain with her new book, Foodopoly."It's a revealing account of the business behind the meat, vegetables, grains and milk that most of us eat every day, including some of our favorite and most respected organic and health-conscious brands. Hauter will discuss her work and Foodopoly when she visits Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m.

Another recent Portland visitor, author and food activist Raj Patel, says Foodopoly is "a terrific primer on the corporate control of food in the U.S., and the actions of those who fight back."

Besides her non-profit work, Hauter's family owns an organic farm that feeds 500 families through Community Supported Agriculture. So, it's through personal experience that she states "that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created." Hauter's book, and the discussion at Powell's, will focus on a crisis that requires a complete structural shift, not just rooted in personal choice, but in national politics.

East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District Looking for Landless Farmers

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District seeks farmers seeking land

Tractor road signThe East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is accepting applications for the Headwaters Incubator Program’s 2013 growing season. The program assists in the development of motivated, skilled farmers by leasing growing space at EMSWCD's Gresham farm property. 

Qualified applicants will have farming experience and a solid farm business plan which lays out a road map for a successful farm operation. Applications, which will be reviewed by a selection team, can be found at The deadline is Friday, February 22 at 5 p.m.


City Food Policy and Programs: Lessons harvested from an emerging field

New study gleans best practices from 13 North American municipal food programs

Municipal food programs with full-time, paid staff are blossoming all over the country. food policy imageRecognizing this burgeoning movement, the Innovation Fund of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a Project of Global Philanthropy Partnership, sponsored a recent study entitled City Food Policy and Programs: Lessons harvested from an emerging field.

Researched and written by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the report gleaned best practices through interviews with food policy professionals from 13 North American cities. The analysis covers the challenges and opportunities faced by these programs in such areas as organization, funding, priorities and metrics, interdepartmental coordination, and community involvement

BPS Brown Bag Lecture

Facilitating Resilient Cities with Jenny Pell

Jenny Pell pictureMark your calendars! On Wednesday, July 18, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will host a presentation by Jenny Pell titled, ‘Facilitating Resilient Cities — How Policy Makers can De-Pave the Way!

Jenny Pell is a permaculture designer and consultant based in Seattle, WA, specializing in edible landscapes, urban permaculture, and creating "living genetic banks" of useful and valuable plant materials on projects large and small.  Seattle is breaking ground this month on a 7-acre permaculture food forest — the largest project of its kind on US public lands. Come learn about how public and private stakeholders are working together to bring meaningful and enduring change that bolsters community, creates solutions for local food, builds skills, and how policy-makers can facilitate the implementation of visionary projects while fulfilling sustainability mandates. 

The presentation will be held in the Lovejoy Room of City Hall from noon to 1pm.