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Image: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
Image: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County

Speed dating to bring fresh food to the table

You may have heard of "speed dating." It's a no-nonsense, fast, and fun way to meet a bunch of people and maybe find that certain someone. People sit across from one another, chat for five minutes, and see if there's a spark. Then they move on to the next potential match.

Farmers and chefs are searching for "eat local" love today in Watertown. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is hosting a speed dating event at Jefferson Community College. The goal is to get more restaurants to put more local fruits and vegetables on their menus.  Go to full article
Photo: USDA, Some rights reserved.
Photo: USDA, Some rights reserved.

What's in the Farm Bill for the North Country?

A revamped Farm Bill could reach the House floor for a vote as early as today. The massive legislation which sets agricultural and nutrition policy for the country has already been scuttled two years in a row. But bipartisan negotiators say they have a $500 billion five-year package that will pass.

David Sommerstein joins Martha Foley to talk about what the Farm Bill would mean for the North Country.  Go to full article

"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country are meeting at SUNY Potsdam today for a Food Day Youth Summit.

Keynote speaker Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, led the successful effort to get a kitchen garden planted at the White House.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand wants food stamps, milk price reform in Farm Bill

Congress is back to work on a new five year Farm Bill. The Senate passed one last year, but the House of Representatives couldn't agree on the size of cuts to the food stamp program and other issues.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says preserving food stamps is "a moral issue." And she says there's a way to pay for them.  Go to full article
Former baseball player Jose Canseco, who has admitted to using steroids, speaks out against supplements. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Former baseball player Jose Canseco, who has admitted to using steroids, speaks out against supplements. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers seek ban of DMAA fitness supplement

A push to ban the fitness supplement DMAA brought a sports hero to the capitol along with parents who say they lost their son to the substance.

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein is pressing to ban the performance enhancing supplement DMAA, also known as Jack 3 D in New York, saying it causes dangerous conditions like rapid heart beat, a spike in blood pressure, and in some cases, death from stroke or heart attack.  Go to full article
One reason good nutrition is important to AIDS/HIV patients: a common side effect of antiretroviral medications such as Atripla is the loss of minerals from bone.
One reason good nutrition is important to AIDS/HIV patients: a common side effect of antiretroviral medications such as Atripla is the loss of minerals from bone.

Nutrition program to help HIV/AIDS patients stay healthier

Advancements in AIDS treatment means that people with the illness are living longer than ever. That means they need to take better care of their long-term health. A new program for AIDS patients in the North Country focuses on improving their nutrition.  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

USDA revises school lunch rules

The federal government is easing its new rules for school lunches. In a letter to members of Congress Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA would remove calorie limits on grains and meats in schools.

At the same time, Vilsack defended the program put in place last fall. He wrote it's ensuring twice the amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches, and a "substantial" increase in the use of whole grains.  Go to full article
The North Country's food deserts are in pink. Image: USDA
The North Country's food deserts are in pink. Image: USDA

Irrigating a rural "food desert"

You may have heard about "food deserts", low income areas in cities where supermarkets won't open because they won't make enough money. Area residents struggle to find affordable and fresh fruits and vegetables. Food deserts are widely considered to be one cause of America's obesity epidemic.

It turns out rural areas have "food deserts", too - even when there's a roadside farm stand right down the road, and the USDA's food desert map shows much of the rural North Country falls into that category.

Cornell Cooperative Extension recently won a $96,000 grant to try to improve both consumer access to fresh fruits and vegetables and local farm production. Jefferson and Lewis County Extension Research Educator Amanda Root spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

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