FOOD: ORGANIC, FREE-RANGE, LOCAL – What does it mean to you, your family and your community?

Over 50 residents, business representatives and town employees participated in an information rich discussion on Organic Earth-Friendly Food with author, Linda Riebel of ‘The Earth-Friendly food Chain’.  If you missed the event,  following is a list of resources that were distributed during the August 2010 forum.  _______________________________________________________

 Forum Resource List

Internet and iPhone

Dirty Dozen Pocket Guide http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php

Seafood Guideshttp://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx

Good Guide http://www.goodguide.com/

  • Find better products that are healthy, green and socially responsible
  • Search or browse over 65,000 food, toys, personal care & household products to learn about best and worst products in category

Local Harvest http://www.localharvest.org/

Use website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Additional iPhone Resources

Locavore http://itunes.apple.com/app/locavore/id306140158?mt=8

Eating local food when it’s in season is an increasingly popular goalamongst people who are interested in eating the tastiest, healthiest food while also being good to the environment. Knowing what’s available in your area at a given time of year is often difficult to determine, so we’ve taken on the task of collecting data from a variety of sources and presenting it all in the most understandable of ways. The Locavore iPhone app will come in handy next time you’re at the market and want to know what’s actually being grown near you, and what is most likely to taste the best right now.

Vegatarian Scanner http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vegetarian-scanner/id364894008?mt=8

Vegetarian Scanner will scan ingredient labels of food products and automatically tell you the Vegetarian statuses of the food additives contained in the product. Vegetarian Scanner takes a photo of the ingredients label on a product, recognizes the food additive numbers using text recognition technology and checks the additives in our Vegetarian database to determine whether or not they are Vegetarian. Vegetarian Scanner also lets you browse through and search the database of food additives when you need to look up additives in a hurry or if you are using an iPod Touch, iPhone 2G or 3G.

The Green FoodPrint Author Linda Riebel is a psychologist and environmental educator. At Saybrook University in San Francisco, where she has been on the faculty since 1993, she helped create the sustainability program. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as of many environmental organizations. At SaveNature.org, she is program director of Edible EdVentures, which brings the message of earth-friendly food to classrooms around the Bay Area.

Linda was assisted by Ken Jacobsen, a researcher and planner for high-tech corporations, who has also catered, taught cooking, and written a cookbook. Their original edition of the book was Eating to Save the Earth: Food Choices for a Healthy Planet (2002).

The Green Foodprint draws from a variety of sources: books, government reports, scientific studies, newsletters and websites of environmental organizations, and personal communications with numerous experts. Newspapers, including the New York Times, were valuable in showcasing good news (such as growing food on rooftops), and keeping us up to date on unfolding stories, such as ocean depletion.