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Rachel Maeroff
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Probably my top recommendation for people looking to get healthy and lose weight. 
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I realize it's controversial, and I understand why. If WIC can designate specific items allowed, no reason why food stamps should be different. The idea behind food stamps is to make sure people can afford to eat the food they NEED to. Food to survive, to function, and to be a part of society. Junk food is NOT NEEDED.

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Oh Farm Bill, food recommendations and subsidies, you are so amusing!

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On December 3, we're together journalists, technologists, designers, policy makers, and food data specialists to develop tools and visualizations that will help the public better understand how the Farm Bill impacts our lives.

Over the course of 12 hours, participants will work together to produce tools and graphics news media and organizations will be able to use to convey the complexities and relevance of the Farm Bill to the public.

Why: The Farm Bill effects us all – influencing what we eat, how much it costs, and how our food is grown. Thus far, there is little in the way of visually interesting and informative media about the Farm Bill. Not only is the Bill complicated (and boring), but many news and advocacy groups do not have the technical ability to create something accurate and engaging.

Follow the link for more information!

Quick poll: title for a recurring segment on my blog - "Rules To Eat By" or "Quick Bite"?

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If you eat food, if you live on earth, if you know people and if you care at all about freedom and choice, you should read this. (and then discuss)

From +Tom Philpott on Mother Jones, "What we're left with is a system of government oversight crumbling in the face of industry influence, an election-year atmosphere of anti-regulatory zeal, and a political system polarized to the point where it is incapable of addressing the problem."

http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/food-industry-monopoly-occupy-wall-street?page=1

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The big question this week in cancer is screening and treating. With both prostate and breast cancer, what would you choose? Screen and risk unnecessary treatment? Screen and wait and see what happens? Or don't screen unless there are symptoms? I'm very curious to hear people's thoughts. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/opinion/cancer-screenings-are-a-gamble.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

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An excellent piece by Neal Stephenson on the future of innovation. http://www.worldpolicy.org/journal/fall2011/innovation-starvation

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This is about a creative farm, that grows an amazing variety of products. While this is not farming for the masses (their main clients are chefs - and international - so not a local kind of thing) this farm shows that there are so many options to farming. http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/tours/the-chefs-garden-a-very-unusual-family-farm-157574
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