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Roundup: Doing, learning for better food

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Roundup

Know your meat source. Grassfed beef biggie Tallgrass Beef of Sedan, Kansas, is the latest client of IdentiGEN North America Inc., subsidiary of the Irish IdentiGEN Ltd. The company’s DNA TraceBack technology allows meat to be traced to the farm where it was raised (unlike, say, the tainted hamburger recounted recently in the NY Times). IdentiGEN Inc. is based here in Lawrence, Kansas. (IdentiGEN press release; Lawrence Journal-World).

food-fight-image Food Fight on tap. The movie Food Fight is coming to Lawrence at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Liberty Hall. It hits some of the same material as Food Inc., but emphasizes “the community building aspects of our food system” and “brings [our] awareness to the personal level,” according to Alan Rhodes, who is promoting the screening. Kansas Rural Center director Dan Nagengast and filmmaker Chris Taylor will take questions after the film. Taylor said his goal with the movie was to “address the problems of our current food supply in a way that is entertaining and enlightening. And I wanted to show an alternative that is a positive, active choice that the audience can take away.”

Planting the seed. The state cooperative extension service  is offering basic gardening classes in Wyandotte County through Dec. 3. I didn’t call for details, but here’s the phone number: 913- 299-9300. (K-State Research & Extension)

Community garden plan. The Lawrence Sustainability Network announcements say that the Faith Community Garden invites new and returning gardeners to a planning meeting for next year at 6 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 7 at Faith Church, 1020 Kasold Drive.  Questions to hberciunas /at\ sbcglobal dot net.

Greening up the food trash. Kansas City entrepreneur Jerame Gray has cooked up a consultancy that directs restaurant food scraps to the compost heap and recyclables to recyclers. (Pitch)

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