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September 18, 2017 to September 20, 2017
Food Insecurity In the Twin Cities, On and Off Campus
October 24, 2017



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NEW UPDATES: State Level Food System Indicators

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How does Minnesota’s food system differ from our neighbors in regard to size, structure and performance? What are key trends throughout the food system that state and regional planners and policymakers should be paying attention to? In 2012, a team of U of M researchers, funded by the HFHL Institute, developed for all 50 states a set of state-level food system indicators and accompanying data for the period 1997 – 2007. These indicators and data were first released in 2012. The indicators measure structural, economic, environmental, health and social changes in the food system. Data for each of the indicators--63 in all--were compiled primarily from government sources such as the US Census Bureau, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control. Initially, over 300 maps--color coded by performance measure--and over 150 state and national fact sheets, along with their data sources, were developed as part of the State Level Food System Indicators Project and are provided on the Institute's website. HFHL is pleased to announce that the indicator fact sheets and maps were recently updated with 2012 census data and are now available. Learn more.

Teaching Health Students How to Cook

HFHL Institute and Center for Spirituality & Healing professional chef, Jenny Breen, discusses with other U of M faculty the importance of providing health students a culinary education to transfer healthy cooking & eating knowledge into the hands of patients to improve their overall wellbeing.

First Annual Native American Nutrition Conference

PRIOR LAKE, MN -- The First Annual Native American Nutrition Conference, Septemeber 26-27, 2016, brought together more than 450 Native leaders, academics, and public health workers to collaborate and integrate traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, scientific research in order to combat the significant dietary factors contributing to profound Native health disparities. Read More.


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Food Day 2016

U of M Food Day 2016 was held at the Coffman Memorial Student Union. Read more.

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HFHL grantee, Faith Spotted Eagle became first Native American to win an electoral vote for president

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Faith Spotted Eagle, co-PI on a 2011 HFHL Community-University Partnership Grant project (Good Heart Grocery and Eat Right Deli Community Assessment & Strategic Plan: Ihanktonwan Dakota community, SD) and speaker at the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition, became the first Indigenous leader to receive a vote for president in the electoral college. Read more about this historic moment.


Meet the new faces of farming

MINNEAPOLIS — There is an abundance of farmers among the millions of immigrant and minority residents of the United States.
Several groups in the Midwest are working to make it easier for immigrant and minority citizens, who often face lofty socioeconomic challenges, to be food producers. In anticipation of the upcoming 12th annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference Jan. 28-29 in St. Paul, we took a look at some movements supporting the growing wave of immigrant and minority farmers.

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Natural Resources Conservation Services urban conservationist Tom Petersen said, “The face of urban agriculture is immigrant and minority farmers.”
Read the article at: agrinews.com