Unhealthy Food Promotion to Children in Supermarkets

A study published in the most recent Indiana Health Law Review entitled "Extending the Fantasty in the Supermarket: Where Unhealhty Food Promotions Meet Children and How the Government Can Intervene" looks at the effect on children of in-store packaging, promotions, and displays by food and beverage companies. These companies spend approximately $195 million annually on such promotions to children and adolescents.

Report on Community Supported Agriculture in California

A Report from the University of California, Davis on the characteristics of, and innovations in, CSA production and marketing in California’s agriculturally focused Central Valley and surrounding foothills.  The report addresses farm and farmer characteristics, farm-member relationships, economic viability, information sources, and emerging issues.    


Wal-Mart Banking On Sustainability of Local Food

Traditionally, lettuce sold in a Wal-Mart in eastern Connecticut is from a warmer and sunnier location, but due in part to high energy prices, local food is looking more attractive to Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart saves on the price of diesel fuel and cuts down on spoilage costs by buying local produce, however, Wal-Mart tells WSJ that their motivation is not an economic one but rather to meet changing consumers preferences.   


Weis Markets Launches Your Neighbors, Our Farmers Local Produce Campaign

Weis Markets have been purchasing and selling local produce for 99 years and counting!  In 2011 Weis Markets will purchase + 24 million pounds of produce from an estimated 150 farmers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.  The centerpiece of their campaign includes photos of each farmer and supplier.  Click on the following link to view their campaign.



Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) is an estimated $290 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services with market sectors in sustainable economy, healthy living, alternative medicine, personal development, and ecological living. 


National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.


USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS provides many resources related to food access, including farmer markets and local foods, agriculture community supported agriculture, supply chains and marketing. The new AMS Food Desert webpage from the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, regarding how food deserts are identified, grant opportunities, success stories, FAQs and a summary of the USDA’s initiative, and food desert census track data. Resources for grants are listed on the site and include opportunities in 19 programs within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Agriculture.


Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is interested in research and programs that can make agriculture more profitable and keep small and mid-sized farmers on their land. The Leopold Center's Research and Programs webpage includes resources on current available competitive grants; policy, marketing and food systems, ecology initiatives and other projects that the Center is working on.



Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.


The Farmers Market Coalition

The Farmers Market Coalition resource library is intended for vendors, farmers, market managers, inspectors, and consumers and covers a wide range of topics including funding, promotion and marketing, insurance and liability, management and operations, EBT and evaluation. The coalition’s website offers resources for farmers markets including webinars, and policy and advocacy tools.


National Agriculture Library Catalogue (NAL)

The NAL resource catalog includes publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. Specific resource pages within NAL that are related to food access:

- The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center page provides data, news and reports dealing with sustainable food and farming systems including organic production, education and research, farm energy options, farms and community (see below), grazing systems and livestock breeds, alternative marketing and business practices. 

- This link from the NAL’s Food and Nutrition Information Center includes resources and information on Cultural and Ethnic Food and nutrition education materials for educators. Resources are online and available to borrow from the NAL and cover topics such as minority women’s health, menu planning, food distribution on Native American Reservations, and foreign language resources for educators.

- Farms and Community resources page

- Dietary Guidance for Ethnic/ Cultural Food guide Pyramid



Healthy Foods Here

The goal of the Healthy Foods Project project, which is a collaboration between King County Public Health Department and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is to make healthy food available in the county by supporting local businesses and providing resources on healthy foods. Some of the resources on the website include merchandising tips to help retailers sell healthy foods, a produce manual that provides basic care information on over 50 types of produce. Their resource guides for produce store owners are currently available in English, Spanish, Somali and Korean.


Cornell Greenhouse Horticulture

This website covers issues related to greenhouses such as crops and gardening resources, structures and equipment, pest management, and business planning and marketing. The business and marketing resource page provides examples of a greenhouse enterprise budget and other financial tools.


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.