New Federal Planting Map Reflects Warming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated their colorful Plant Hardiness Zone Map, a useful tool for gardeners and researchers, which shows a warmer 21st century. Using better weather data and more interactive technology, the online map has 26 zones that are searchable by zip code. Entire states, including Ohio, Nebraska and Texas, are now in warmer zones.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2105366,00.html

Urban Design Lab

Urban Design Lab is a joint collaboration between the Laboratory of the Earth Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Prevention at Columbia University. Their research projects look at an integrated regional foodshed in the Northeast and use data to analyze processing and transportation systems while increasing access to fresh food. 

http://www.urbandesignlab.columbia.edu/?pid=national_foodshed

USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)

The USDA ERS website has many food access related resources including:

  • A Publications webpage with over 800 reports on nutrition, farm economy, policy topics, and the  rural economy
  • The ERS Food Security Briefing Room webpage covers the history of food security, statistics on food hardship and key terms involved in dealing with food security
  • Food Environmental Atlas page provides a spatial overview of a community's ability to access food
  • State Fact Sheets include information on “population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports.”

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodSecurity/

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The FRAC data and publication page provides food hardship data by Congressional district and national, state and county-by-county SNAP participation data from across the US, and also has several reports on US poverty with data provided by the US Census Bureau. Their Legislative Action Center provides resources and advocacy tools to fight hunger, tools to promote anti-hunger policies in the 2012 Farm Bill, and an overview and updates on budget issues affecting anti-hunger legislation.

http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/

Roots of Change

Roots of Change is a network in California whose goal is to establish a more sustainable food system by 2030. The issues they focus on include economic prosperity, environment and climate, healthy food access, and valued workforce. On their Healthy Food Access website, there are resources for non-profits, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.

http://rootsofchange.org/

The Reinvestment Fund

The Reinvestment Fund looks at financing and research initiatives that aim to increase access to healthy food in low-income communities. Their resources section includes reports on supermarket access, corner store financing and research and funding opportunities, including the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, and a new map tracking food access data across the US.

http://www.trfund.com/resource/index.html

USDA Food Environmental Atlas

The recently updated USDA Food Atlas is designed to provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and currently assembles 168 indicators of the food environment, up from the original 90 indicators of food access. The measures include factors such as availability of food stores and restaurants, food prices, socioeconomic characteristics, and health outcomes. 

http://maps.ers.usda.gov/FoodAtlas/

USDA Food Environmental Atlas

The recently updated USDA Food Environmetal Atlas is designed to provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and currently assembles 168 indicators of the food environment, up from the original 90 indicators of food access. The measures include factors such as availability of food stores and restaurants, food prices, socioeconomic characteristics, and health outcomes.