2013 Food Trends Favor the Tech Savvy Consumer

In its Food Trends 2013 predictions, Food+Tech Connect, with insight from the work of Phil Lempert, CEO of The Lempert Report and author of SupermarketGuru.com, created a list of themes they see trending and probable to grow in 2013. Top themes include an increased use of technology to aid people in making smarter food choices, greater attention paid to health and diet-related illnesses, an increase in alternate or plate-based forms of protein, and lastly, greater efforts at sustainability and reducing food waste.

http://www.foodtechconnect.com/2012/12/27/2013-food-trends-favor-the-tech-savvy-consumer/

James Beard Foundation Announces Leadership Awards

The James Beard Foundation is in its second (2012) year of honoring leaders who are “visionaries creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world.” This year's five recipients include Wendell Berry, author; Dr. Jason Clay, senior vice president of Market Transformation for the World Wildlife Fund; Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Food Lab Advisory Board; and Malik Yakini, HUFED grantee and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/james-beard-leadership-awards-2012_n_1676418.html#slide=1228423

Fair Food Network

Fair Food Network is a non-profit, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, that is focused on building a more sustianable and just food system. Their resource page includes food access related links to reports, case studies, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/resources

Healthy Food For All: Building Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems in Detroit and Oakland

PolicyLink, Fair Food Network, and the CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University co-authored this report that assesses the current food system environment in Detroit and Oakland. It looks at resident’s habits, concerns and interests in food, as well as the organizational infrastructure in place to improve access to healthy foods, and outlines the major challenges and opportunities to building a more sustainable food system.

http://www.policylink.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lkIXLbMNJrE&b=5136581&ct=7305967

 

Michigan Good Food Charter

The Michigan Good Food Charter presents a vision for Michigan’s food and agriculture system and outlines 25 agenda priorities for the next 10 years. Other resources on this website include a food system infrastructure report, and an institutional food purchasing report.

http://www.michiganfood.org/assets/goodfood/docs/MI%20Good%20Food%20Charter%20Final.pdf

 

Charting Growth to Good Food: Final Report to the Food & Society Initiative WK Kellogg Foundation

 The goal of this W. K. Kellogg Foundation report is to define 'good food' and develop indicators in order to estimate and analyze how much good food is currently in the US.

http://www.wallacecenter.org/our-work/current-initiatives/sustainable-food-indicators/sustainable-indicators-report/CHARTING%20GROWTH%20BOOK%20final%20with%20charts.pdf