Friday food news roundup
Environmentalist efforts, a sagging economy and major cities outlawing the sales of bottle water, have contributed to a drop in sales.
Bartering saves money, keeps food local (and seasonal), and allows you to meet neighbors and build community. Here are some of the ways people are trading food, what they’re sharing, and advice about getting involved without getting in trouble (bartering is considered taxable by the IRS, and you don’t want to violate agricultural laws or quarantines that might be in effect in your area).
Following up on the request by nine governors and pork industry giants for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to spend $50 million on excess pork products, Radio Iowa reported on Tuesday that the USDA can't help right now:
Everyone’s got a backyard garden (well, not everyone but you know what I mean). Front yard gardens, however, are a rarer breed. Out front, most homeowners opt for manicured grass lawns and polite flowerbeds while out back, shielded from the eyes (and hands) of the general public, edible gardens are allowed to grow wild. Domestic gardening habits, in a way, are akin to the mullet hairstyle: “Business up front, party in the back.”
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