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Thursday, September 25,2014

Defining local

Can one catchall word capture the meaning of the local food movement for grocers and consumers?

By Heather Ridge
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary (which actually selected the word “locavore” as its 2007 word of the year), local food is that which is sold and consumed within a 100-mile radius from where it was grown. But ask 10 people what they consider to be “local food,” and you’ll probably get 10 different answers.
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Thursday, August 14,2014

Meals on wheels

New food truck helps Boulder Valley School District take healthy lunch options on the road

By Heather Ridge
In their continuing efforts to up the ante on re-envisioning school lunch, the district has recently acquired a new mobile food truck that will be making the circuit across all of the district’s high schools to provide even more options for the noontime meal.
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Thursday, August 7,2014

Fish in a Barrel

Backyard aquaponic systems are making it easier to grow your own fish

By Heather Ridge
Standing at the fresh seafood counter at the local grocery store, it’s hard not to encounter a dilemma these days. Fresh caught salmon sounds wild and free, until the viral images of Fukushima fallout maps come to mind. Overfishing and satellite images of dead zones in the Atlantic have you reaching for the farmed fish when you consider the environmental impacts of this choice as well.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Feeding the Front Range

National food prices rising faster than locally grown

By Heather Ridge
President John F. Kennedy once quipped that the farmer is “the only person in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale and pays the freight both ways.” As long-term droughts continue to dry out the fertile valleys and plains of California, Oklahoma and Texas, and many parts of the country recover from unprecedented frosts, food prices across the country are anticipated to rise.
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