local foods http://iowapublicradio.org en What You Should Know about Our Food System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-our-food-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use.</span></p><p>So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.</p><p>With that in mind, here are four things you should know about today’s food system:</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The new farm bill became law in February</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39161 at http://iowapublicradio.org What You Should Know about Our Food System Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray 38781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future Iowa's Local Food Economy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-local-food-economy <p>According to regional food coordinators, there is no local food network like the one in Iowa. The connection between farmers and distributors is very strong, and the network continues to grow larger every year. Even so, about 80% of the food Iowans consume is from out of state.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:43:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 32742 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Local Food Economy Schools buying local produce, but room to expand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-buying-local-produce-room-expand <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa’s school districts spent six percent of their food budgets buying from local farms in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s </span><a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census/#/map" style="line-height: 1.5;">Farm to School Census</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That means efforts to fill cafeteria trays with local foods have plenty of room to grow.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:57:46 +0000 Amy Mayer 32064 at http://iowapublicradio.org Schools buying local produce, but room to expand Shopping Local for the Holidays http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shopping-local-holidays <p>In these days of one-click shopping, the idea of local shopping may, as nice as it sounds, be a little overwhelming. On today's Talk of Iowa, we’ll talk about buying locally grown foods for the holiday table and buying the gifts on your list from Iowa merchants. We’ll also look at the economics of buying close to home.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:43:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10983 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shopping Local for the Holidays