Aug 8, 2016
August 7-13 is Local Foods Week and all Ohioans are encouraged to buy local and participate in the $10 Ohio Local Foods Challenge. To participate in the challenge, Ohioans commit to spend at least $10 this week on your favorite local foods. There is not one definition for “local” food. When making food decisions, many people consider where their food was grown or raised and make an effort to develop personal connections with growers and producers to enjoy flavorful, safe, local food. Ohio Local Foods week is not only about enjoying the tastes of local foods but is also about becoming more aware and better informed about the nutritional, economic, and social benefits of local foods in Ohio. To participate in the challenge, visit go.osu.edu/olfw10dollars
Aug 4, 2016
A Walmart Foundation grant will allow the Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences SNAP-Ed program to provide meals and groceries for two six-week Cooking Matters courses in 20 Ohio counties. The program will provide 440 low-income adults with hands-on healthful cooking and nutrition education to empower families with the knowledge and skills to shop for and cook healthful meals on a limited budget. The goal is to decrease food insecurity, obesity and diet-related diseases. Read more
Jul 21, 2016
Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half of them are aware that food waste is a problem. Even more, researchers have identified that most people perceive benefits to throwing food away, some of which have only limited basis in fact. A study published today in PLOS ONE is just the second peer-reviewed large-scale consumer survey about food waste and is the first in the U.S. to identify patterns regarding how Americans form attitudes on food waste. The results provide the data required to develop targeted efforts to reduce the amount of food that U.S. consumers toss into the garbage each year, said study co-author Brian Roe, the McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Read more...