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Gastrognomes Blog: Good Food Jobs - Megan Schuknecht

Reprinted from Megan Schuknect's Blog on Gastrognomes
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Reprinted from Gastrognomes Blog

Mother Nature has so much to teach us, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the high impact of things like weather patterns and natural disasters. But the concept of Biomimicry is based on the idea that Mother Nature is a master designer, and if we take inspiration from those designs, we can create manmade things that will improve our lives, naturally.

BJ's Wholesale Club Buys Local From Locals

BJ's Farm to Club program includes partnerships with over 30 growers in the United States
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BJ's locally-grown Farm to Club program was designed to offer delicious, fresh products from partnering farms to local BJ’s Clubs across its footprint.

Land, Air, and Now Water

TerraPass Expanding Its Portfolio Thanks to a Strategic Alliance with Bonneville Environmental Foundation
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Houston, Texas, July 29, 2015 /3BL Media/ - TerraPass, a leader in sustainable carbon emissions solutions, is pleased to announce that not only do we help reduce the effects of climate change with our carbon offset and renewable energy credits, but we will also be able to help preserve and restore important water ways vital to our planet. This is all thanks to a new partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF).

Dean Kuipers: Buying The Farm

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Often when we cover agriculture, we look at what and how farmers are growing. But the infrastructure that undergirds every farm in America is finance. This week's guest on Sea Change Radio, author Dean Kuipers, explores how farms get the money they need to grow the food we eat. In his recently published Orion magazine article, "Buying the Farm," Kuipers picks apart the financial landscape of agriculture and compares financing for big agri-business versus smaller sustainable farming. Today we delve into the different models for financing agriculture not only in the U.S.

Data Dive Explores Financials at Wholesale End of Local Food Business

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Arlington, Va., July 14, 2015 /3BL Media/ - New financial data from the emerging local food sector provides an in-depth look at the growth—and growing pains—of wholesale intermediaries called food hubs. These social enterprises combine food aggregation/distribution business services with programs that strengthen farmer capacity to supply nearby markets such as restaurants, grocery stores, schools, universities and hospitals.

Madécasse Breaks the Mold by Making Chocolate at the Source

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When former Peace Corps volunteers Tim McCollum and Brett Beach looked for ways to make a social impact in Madagascar, they focused on one of the ironies of African economies: the continent is rich in raw materials, but it rarely reaps the benefits. That’s because foreign companies buy up Africa’s resources and take them offshore for manufacturing.

Rural America Matters: Investing in Rural Communities

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By Chris Shaffner - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As CoBank’s Vice President of Public Private Partnerships, Chris Shaffner manages the bank’s Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) portfolio, new equity investments, as well as the Rural Investment Opportunity Fund in partnership with Capitol Peak Asset Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to American Halal Company

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2015 /3BL Media/ RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a new loan to American Halal Company, Inc. (dba Saffron Road Foods), a Certified Halal all natural food brand.  RSF financing will be used to fund working capital needs for this rapidly growing business.

From the Field: Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards

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Farm Credit recently sponsored the MarketMaker Innovation Awards to celebrate powerful, forward-thinking initiatives that use innovative ideas to improve the food production and distribution industry.

Acting Locally: Using Purchasing Power to Source Local Food

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Companies have long used their purchasing power to drive demand for and lower the cost of sustainable goods. For instance, Walmart has taken advantage of its size to bring organic food to a wider customer audience, and partnerships between corporations and nonprofits have spurred bulk purchases of renewable energy.

When it comes to sourcing local food for internal operations, however, companies face a significant gap.

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