Mon April 21, 2014

Wegmans takes a stance on genetically modified food

Wegmans says federal food regulators should better identify genetically modified foods.
Robyn Lee via Flickr

Upstate New York grocery store chain Wegmans has come out and said federal food regulators should develop standards and labeling practices for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

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Fri April 26, 2013

ESD approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects

The former Raindow Centre mall in Niagara Falls will be turned into a regioal culinary center.
WBFO News file photo

The Innovation Trail’s Ashley Hassett reports that Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

Farmers in upstate New York will soon have a new place to take their produce for processing and packaging. The ESD unanimously approved the allocation of three grants to the Growing Upstate Food Hub in Canastota village, near Syracuse.

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Mon April 15, 2013

Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban

WBFO News file photo

A coalition of farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet throughout the week to alert the public to the risks they believe fracking poses to the state’s agricultural viability.

Food and Water Watch Organizer Rita Yelda helped organize Buffalo’s “Food not Fracking” event.

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Fri March 29, 2013

Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'?

Some scientists argue counting food miles isn't the thing to focus on when measuring sustainable eating.
urban sea star via Flickr

Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios.

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Tue May 22, 2012

Deputy Labor Secretary talks food processing at RIT

U.S. Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris toured RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies before meeting with local business leaders.
Zack Seward WXXI

Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris was in Rochester Monday checking in on a federally-funded program designed to boost the region's food processing industry.

Harris spoke at RIT to a body of local leaders about how government can team up with both higher ed and industry to create better business outcomes.

Harris says investing in Rochester's food manufacturers is all about creating jobs in a growing sector.

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