GoodFood World
Welcome to GoodFood WorldJanuary 28, 2013

Getting our food from the farm to the consumer - the "supply chain" - is certainly not as simple as it was in the past. Once upon a time, the consumer, his/her family, and the local community WERE the growers and a supply chain didn't exist.  


Transportation from the field and barn to the kitchen was a matter of feet or yards, not miles. What once was a simple connection with one or two stops along the way, has become a spaghetti-like tangle of connections, links, and cross-links to get fresh fruits and vegetables to your plate.


Somehow in our delusion, we imagine the farmer pulling his or her truck up behind the supermarket and unloading baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables or sides of beef and pork into the open arms of the retailer and his staff. And, frankly, the bigger the supermarket, the more likely there will be signs, photos, and even wall-sized murals showing farmers and ranchers smiling as they offer their vegetables and fruit or stand with an arm around the neck of a sleek beef cow.  

Simplified Food Supply Chain  

Well, folks, I hate to tell you, it ain't so. Learn more about local and regional food systems and how Charlie's Produce, a Puget Sound regional produce and fresh food distributor, is keeping local growers and buyers connected. Time to hear the real story! 


There's more, keep reading! Get a cup of coffee and join us at GoodFood World, where we get to the source by talking to the people who produce, process, and deliver good food.

Healthy Living

Ina's Resolutions It's a new year, and with that often comes... food and lifestyle resolutions. Well, January is almost over, are you haunted yet by the words "I should..."?  


Ina Denburg, our Healthy Living columnist, has compiled a short list of her top food and health tips for 2013's winter season. Regardless of whether your food and lifestyle relationship is "should-ridden" or easeful, her advice will help you take care of yourself in ways that are effective and kind. They can also help to dissolve the shadow that "shoulds" may cast upon your goals.


We hope you find some good guidance with these simple tips. Here's to a healthy winter for us all!

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Jerusalem Artichokes Shhhh... Don't tell!  


Kate Hilmer, our HealthyEating on a Budget contributor, has been having an affair - with unpopular produce! What about those unloved and ignored veggies that sit to the back of the cooler in the produce section? Not wanting them to be lonely, Kate has decided to cook and bake her way through those less well known produce items. This week it's Jerusalem artichokes.


Jerusalem artichokes look a lot like ginger, are not even closely related to the artichoke or Jerusalem, and are native to North America. They're also called sunchokes, which makes a bit more sense considering the plant is a species of sunflower. Try them and see: Unpopular Produce, Episode 4.

Farm Talk

Our Minnesota shepherdess, Lea McEvilly, is back at her keyboard and filling us in on her sheep raising adventures - and misadventures! Catch up by reading her latest installments here and here.
Lea and her sheep
Keep reading, there is more at Voices From the Farm!
The Reading List

Ecology of Agroecosystems The Ecology of Agroecosystems, John Vandermeer


Agroecology is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design, development, and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The Ecology of Agroecosystems highlights a collection of alternative agricultural methodologies and philosophies and provides an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the sociopolitical and historical context of agriculture.

Biodiversity in Agriculture  

Biodiversity in Agriculture, Edited by Paul Gepts


Bringing together research from a range of fields including anthropology, archaeology, ecology, economics, entomology, ethnobiology, genetics, and geography, Biodiversity in Agriculture addresses key questions relating to agriculture.


There are  more books on GoodFood World and more coming every week. Read, learn, and enjoy! 
The AV Department

Miguel Alteria VideoMiguel Altieri: Why is agroecology the solution to hunger and food security?

Today, a billion people live in hunger. Peak oil and environmental degradation threaten the food security of billions more; particularly with half the world's population living in urban environments where they are dependent on industrially produced and imported food. A transition is urgently needed, but how? Watch this video to see.

There are more videos on GoodFood World and more coming every week.

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Keep GoodFood World Online and On the Road!

At GoodFood World we're committed to providing information and education to help our readers understand how good food gets to their plates. It's sad that we have become separated from our food sources; so separated that children no longer know that milk comes from cows and strawberries don't grow on trees.  


We work for - and with - small dairies, small farms, family fishermen, local bakeries, regional flour mills, and other struggling producers to help them take their products to market and help consumers buy those products. And we don't intend to stop now.


GoodFood World is also about you. How you can buy, prepare and eat good food; how you can support local and regional growers and processors; how you can help connect farmers with their markets; and how you can insure that good food is not for a privileged few, but for everyone.


We need your help to stay online and on the road. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Make a donation - mail it or go to GoodFood World and click on the Donate tab.
  • Take out a banner or newsletter ad, or recommend someone you know do it.
  • Underwrite our coverage of an event, a farm visit, or more.
  • Donate products or services - we are currently looking for a flatbed scanner and a 5 cu. ft. commercial refrigerator to store cheese samples.
  • Refer clients to whom we can provide services; see what we do here: Services.

Please make your contribution here. 


Many thanks for all your support. We're glad to have you as part of our great adventure.

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We welcome photos, tips, observations, and links to stories about the world of good food. Send us stories about what you've seen or heard. Tell us what we're doing right. We like "atta boys!" Got a beef? Send it on... we need to know! Here's the place to do it.   


Take care, eat well, and be well!


Gail Nickel-Kailing and Ken Kailing



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