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SILICON VALLEY HACKATHON PROTOTYPES THE FUTURE OF MEAT

For 48 hours on June 21-23, over 250 food industry leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives convened at Hack//Meat Silicion Valley, a hackathon to develop hardware and software solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat production and consumption. The three-day event was held at the Institute of Design at Stanford, and was organized by Food+Tech Connect in partnership with Applegate and GRACE Communications Foundation.

Back to School Food and Water Tools!

It's back to school time! Here at GRACE we're trying to make everyone's job a little easier by providing free tools and resources that both teachers and students can use in their work on sustainable food, water and energy.

USDA Pilots New Farm-To-School Programs

Up to eight USDA farm-to-school pilot programs will get off the ground next school year thanks to this year's farm bill. While citizen and state-run programs have encouraged local sourcing in schools for years, these will be the first federally funded programs aimed at bringing local food into schools. Local food sourcing can both stimulate local economies and improve food education. [Civil Eats]

Tax Programs to Finance Clean Energy Catch On

Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or PACE, is finally catching on in the US, at least for businesses. The creative approach allows owners to borrow the money for renewable energy systems and pay for it over time through a property tax surcharge. Next step: making PACE available to homeowners. [New York Times]

Farm-to-School: Why We Need It and How to Get It

Nine out of ten Americans support farm-to-school programs, but these important opportunities for our children are far from commonplace. If we want to reap the rewards of farm-to-school, we need to step up and help local schools bring freshly farmed food to kids. Here are some ways to make that happen!

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

Urban Farmers: Community Food Growing Around the World - In Pictures

Take a peek at urban gardens in the US, UK and beyond where communities have come together to grow food and strengthen relationships to each other and to the soil. From farms to plot allotments in community gardens, people have found many ways to build a more sustainable food system by starting programs that address needs in their communities.

Mexico's Sugary Drink Tax Makes a Dent in Consumption, Study Claims

A soda tax in Mexico is having real impacts on soda consumption, one study says, and that could impact public health. The lowest socioeconomic group studied bought 9 percent fewer sugary drinks than they did pre-tax on average, and 17 percent fewer by the end of 2014. The $1.3 billion in taxes collected is being used to fund obesity prevention programs.

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