W & F Resources

"Today everybody is downwind or downstream from somebody else" 
        ~ William Ruckelshaus, 1st and 5th Director of the Environmental Protection Agency

Here you will find water, food and sustainability specific links on the internet that correlate to the Sustainable Water & Food Course. These will be used in various capacities such as research, reference, calculations and so on. Below you will find the title of the websites, the corresponding link and a description of the websites purpose. These websites are not affiliated with the Sustainability program but are to be used as points of reference for the students and visitors. It is an ever growing collection of links to the vast array of information available on the internet in regards to sustainability.


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 Course Documents
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 Unit 1: Properties of Water
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Water Investigations Project - Unit 3 - Connecting Variables  Jan 14, 2012, 4:34 PM Andrew Bernier
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Water Investigations Project - Unit 3 - Forming Your Hypothesis Worksheet  Jan 14, 2012, 4:34 PM Andrew Bernier
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These are the pre-assessment questions from University of Arizona's Project WET( Water Education for Teachers) Water Investigations Project (WIP). Please use only prior knowledge and no outside sources to reply to the questions.  Jan 13, 2012, 10:19 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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From The United States Geological Survey, this page describes the several unique properties that water has in comparison to other substances.  Jan 10, 2012, 6:59 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 2: Sources, Availability and History of Water
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Oil companies drilling in the drought-ridden fields of southern Kansas are taking desperate measures to get the water they need to tap into the state's oil reserves.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Photographer Peter McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rocky Mountains to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In this Yale Environment 360 video, he follows the natural course of the Colorado by raft, on foot, and overhead in a small plane, telling the story of a river whose water is siphoned off at every turn, leaving it high and dry 80 miles from the sea.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Pleasant Valley War, sometimes called the Tonto Basin Feud, or Tonto Basin War, was commonly thought to be an Arizona range war between two feuding families, the cattle-herding Grahams and the sheep-herding Tewksburys.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Make a copy of this when working with AZ and Colorado RIver History Sheets.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our objective is to explore prehistoric and historic water projects worldwide...without taking ourselves too seriously. We are particularly interested in the effect that water has on the quality of life.  Jan 24, 2013, 1:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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“When the Water Ends,” a 16-minute video produced by Yale Environment 360 in collaboration with MediaStorm, tells the story of this conflict and of the increasingly dire drought conditions facing parts of East Africa.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 3: Dams, Irrigation, Runoff and Pollution
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As dams age and downstream development increases, the number of deficient dams has risen to more than 4,000, including 1,819 high hazard potential dams. Over the past six years, for every deficient, high hazard potential dam repaired, nearly two more were declared deficient. There are more than 85,000 dams in the U.S., and the average age is just over 51 years old.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The School Water Audit Project combines water education with practical applications of scientific methodology. It brings community members together with students for the purpose of accomplishing a unified goal. It empowers students and adults alike to be responsible water stewards.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Here are the early statistical results from the PVHS Water Audit the students conducted in May 2011. This is the initial calculation of the efficiency of the sinks on campus.   687k v. 3 Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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SRP manages several dams and reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers, as well as the East Clear Creek, that produce hydroelectricity.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The United States has over 330 million acres of agricultural land that produce an abundant supply of low-cost, nutritious food and other products. American agriculture is noted worldwide for its high productivity, quality, and efficiency in delivering goods to the consumer. However, when improperly managed, agricultural activities can affect water quality.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:58 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is a map of Arizona that highlights many of the important dams built in the state.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Two things you might not expect to find if you visit the foothills of Mount Graham in eastern Arizona: 1) An elaborate network of “hanging canals” likely built nearly a thousand years ago on steep mesas by long-forgotten ancients. 2) An endearingly eccentric electrical engineer and author who, long before he started trying to solve the archaeological mystery, helped pioneer the world of personal computers.  Mar 1, 2013, 12:31 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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So life for most people is a constant struggle for water. And now that cholera has invaded Haiti, safe drinking water has become Haiti's most urgent public health problem. Contaminated water is the main cause of cholera, which has sickened 530,000 Haitians since late 2010 and killed more than 7,000.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:58 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Researchers have long suspected that fertilizer runoff from big farms can trigger sudden explosions of marine algae capable of disrupting ocean ecosystems and even producing "dead zones" in the sea.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:58 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is the campus map of PVHS, used to help navigate the campus in search for the sinks in various buildings and offices.  620k v. 3 Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt Dam changed central Arizona forever. Wedged between the rocky walls of a box canyon 80 miles northeast of Phoenix, the dam created Roosevelt Lake, a reservoir that turned the volatile Salt River into a reliable source of water.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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One hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt Dam changed central Arizona forever. Wedged between the rocky walls of a box canyon 80 miles northeast of Phoenix, the dam created Roosevelt Lake, a reservoir that turned the volatile Salt River into a reliable source of water.  Mar 19, 2013, 6:47 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The core sustainability challenge for SRP — and the energy industry as a whole — is to provide reliable, safe and reasonably priced energy to support the future while managing emissions.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Of all the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere, one quarter is taken up by land plants, another quarter by the oceans. Understanding these natural mechanisms is important in forecasting the rise of atmospheric CO2 because even though plants and bodies of water now absorb surplus greenhouse gas, they could become new trouble spots.  Mar 11, 2013, 8:48 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The United States Society on Dams (USSD) is a national organization that works on dam engineering, construction, operation, and safety while protecting the environment. One of the goals of USSD is to provide a better understanding of dams and how important they are to everyone.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Education Page - The United States Society on Dams (USSD) is a national organization that works on dam engineering, construction, operation, and safety while protecting the environment. One of the goals of USSD is to provide a better understanding of dams and how important they are to everyone.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:45 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 4: Legislation, Commodification and Allocation of Water
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In 1980, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) was created to secure long-term dependable water supplies for Arizona's communities. The Department: administers and enforces Arizona’s groundwater code, and surface water rights laws (except those related to water quality); negotiates with external political entities to protect Arizona's Colorado River water supply; oversees the use of surface and groundwater resources under state jurisdiction, and represents Arizona in discussions of water rights with the federal government.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) is a voluntary, non-profit corporation established by municipalities in Maricopa County for the development of urban water resources policy.  Jan 24, 2013, 1:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Arizona Department of Water Resources developed Arizona's Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability, which provides a comprehensive water supply and demand analysis for Arizona.  Feb 13, 2014, 1:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is the Environmental Protection Agency's Home for all issues related to water.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Global Water Policy Project promotes the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water through research, writing, outreach, and public speaking. Founded in 1994 by Sandra Postel, a leading authority on international freshwater issues, the project fosters ideas and inspiration for redirecting society’s use and management of fresh water toward conservation and ecosystem health.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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How did we move from the goal of treating water in a complex way to turning it into a commodity? The commodification of water begins with public policy. Public policy must serve social ends, and in order to determine social ends, we must engage in a valuation process, treating water as a good that can be traded and marketed, thus giving a common metric.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Use this site to find out more about why the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights is key to achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation. Also, find out about what progress has been made in getting the rights recognized and what impact recognition has made so far.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.  Mar 11, 2013, 8:49 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A new documentary that takes a critical look at the commercialization and ecological impacts of one of the most common resources on the planet: water.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and public education.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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On September 30th 2010, the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus Resolution 64/292 the human right to water and sanitation affirming that water and sanitation are human rights.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The rapid growth in Arizona’s population, coupled with prolonged drought, has strained its already scarce water resources. Accommodating population growth in a responsible manner has required Arizona to be a leader and innovator in water policy  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The 21st Century brings a new set of water resource challenges. Water shortage and use conflict have become more commonplace in many areas of the United States – even in normal water years – for irrigation of crops, for growing cities and communities, for energy production, and for the environment and species protected under the law.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Water-Culture Institute promotes the sustainable management of our rivers, lakes, springs, and groundwater through (1) applying indigenous wisdom and cultural traditions that respect the rights of nature, (2) studying ethics and value systems related to water management, and (3) encouraging broad-based stakeholder involvement in water decisions.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A PDF Document that highlights ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy's plan for "managing choices in Arizona's Megapolitan Area."   Feb 13, 2014, 12:58 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A PDF Document that highlights ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy's plan for "managing choices in Arizona's Megapolitan Area."  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A PDF Document that highlights ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy's plan for "managing choices in Arizona's Megapolitan Area"  Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 5: Food Production
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In this talk, Edwards discusses how we can grow healthier foods, feeds, fertilizers, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, medicines, and vaccines with abundant resources that will not run out. Edwards writes, speaks, and consults globally on sustainable food and energy.  Jan 28, 2013, 9:04 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Agritopia® community is something of a modern day village set within the urban fabric of the Phoenix metro area. The name says it all: Agritopia® is about preserving urban agriculture and integrating it into the most neighborly, well-designed community possible. It is a principle-driven development that puts people and relationships ahead of money and trendiness. We believe that a simple life with friends and family is a rich life.  Apr 10, 2013, 12:18 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The headlines on the press releases that started showing up yesterday, here at The Salt certainly got our attention. Just one sample: "BREAKING NEWS: New Study Links Genetically Engineered Food to Tumors."  Jan 24, 2013, 11:33 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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If the local, fair trade, and organic food movements are growing so fast, why do agriculture and land use policies continue to move in the wrong direction?  Jan 24, 2013, 11:40 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Scientists have known for a long time that rice — often babies' first food and the staple of much of the world's diet — is good at absorbing inorganic arsenic from soil during the growing process.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:34 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.  Dec 19, 2013, 8:54 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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We believe the evidence supports that organic foods are higher in vitamins and minerals than conventional farm produced foods, because the soil has more diverse and healthy living organisms and trace minerals.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:34 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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There's a kind of rice growing in some test plots in the Philippines that's unlike any rice ever seen before. It's yellow. Its backers call it "golden rice." It's been genetically modified so that it contains beta-carotene, the source of vitamin A.  Mar 8, 2013, 7:47 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."  Jan 24, 2013, 2:18 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This year's drought delivered a pricey punch to US aquaculture, the business of raising fish like bass and catfish for food.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:39 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our goal is to provide science-based information on the valuable role crop nutrients play in feeding our growing world. We aim to increase an understanding of how responsible use of fertilizer improves the health of our soil, the plants that grow in it, and ultimately, the food we eat.  Jan 24, 2013, 2:30 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our goal is to provide science-based information on the valuable role crop nutrients play in feeding our growing world. We aim to increase an understanding of how responsible use of fertilizer improves the health of our soil, the plants that grow in it, and ultimately, the food we eat.  Jan 24, 2013, 1:02 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Root Phoenix offers accessible community driven education on what some might call a crazy mix of subjects because we believe learning shouldn't be limited or expensive. If you can imagine it, we probably have a class for that.  Jan 24, 2013, 12:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Agrobiodiversity is the foundation of sustainable agricultural development. It includes the diversity of plants, animals, fish, trees and microbes that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture. The human race could not survive without access to this diversity, which enables plant and animal species and agroecosystems to evolve and adapt to changing environmental conditions.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:56 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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This is the base site for the Urban Farm organization that seeks to unite urban farmers from across the country. Based right here in Phoenix, Greg Peterson organizes and maintains the coalition of strengthening the local economy through the growth and sharing of urban farming techniques and stories.  Jan 24, 2013, 12:01 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Some of the most healthful foods you can think of — blueberries, cranberries, apples, almonds and squash — would never get to your plate without the help of insects. No insects, no pollination. No pollination, no fruit.  Mar 1, 2013, 11:08 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 6: Food Distribution
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Tens of millions of Americans can't follow the government's guidelines for healthful eating because they can't afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's because they live in what's known as a "food desert," places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:37 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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One out of every four dollars Americans spend on groceries goes to Walmart, as we’ve reported before, and the retail behemoth is on track to seize more than a third of the market. Get more facts about Walmart and food in this infographic from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:39 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Market On The Move provides a farmers’ market atmosphere at various locations throughout Metro Phoenix and Tucson areas where partners and supporters of this program can come on a regular basis and make their $10 donation to receive up to 60 lbs. of fresh produce.  Mar 19, 2013, 3:59 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Retail analysts say that the world’s biggest retailer has reason to fear a small grocery chain that’s based in Idaho and boasts a business model that allows it to undercut Walmart on prices.  Aug 12, 2013, 3:48 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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What does it take to find guilt-free coffee? Much of our coffee comes from places where the environment is endangered and workers earn very little — sometimes, just a few dollars for a whole day's work. Coffee farmers have helped cut down tropical forests, and most of them use pesticides.  Apr 24, 2013, 8:06 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter. Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.  Jan 9, 2014, 9:27 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Welcome to the Phoenix Public Market, a program of Community Food Connections, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Market marks the spot where community revitalization, economic development and a showcase for local small-scale agriculture and local artists and crafters intersect in the heart of the city.  Mar 19, 2013, 3:59 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Today, the owner A. Wayne Smith has preserved the wondrous sense of rural tranquility and vision of sustainability with independently owned businesses that contribute to the cultural, educational, restorative and economic environments that thrive on the historic land. According to Gourmet Magazine, dining beneath the pecan trees at The Farm "... is a spiritual experience for those who journey to this 12-acre organic oasis."  Mar 19, 2013, 3:59 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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There's a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food. But as many activists have learned, it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples' habits for the better.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:40 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 7: Food Consumption & Nutrition
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The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, is on course to increase dramatically in Arizona over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a report released today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  Apr 8, 2013, 9:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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As Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles reported today on Morning Edition, meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat. That's because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport.  Aug 23, 2013, 8:54 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The future health of the United States is at a crossroads, due in large part to the obesity epidemic. Each year, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issue F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future to examine strategies for addressing the obesity crisis.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:38 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, are on course to increase dramatically in every state in the country over the next 20 years, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, a report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).   Apr 8, 2013, 9:21 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.  Jan 24, 2013, 2:29 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A few decades ago, a hamburger was just a yummy sandwich. Recently though, the hamburger has been increasingly used as a symbol of America's meat consumption and the associated environmental costs.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:40 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Yes, organics is a $29 billion industry and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:39 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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What does it mean to live in a nation where one 1 of every 3 people is obese? In countless ways, obesity is changing the way we work, live, eat and travel. Here, a sampling of some of those changes.  Jun 19, 2013, 2:26 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys." Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.  Mar 6, 2013, 10:03 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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The Sustainable Restaurant Association is a not for profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. We help our member restaurants source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community.  Apr 10, 2013, 8:29 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
 Unit 8: Food Waste
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How much of your food and money are you literally throwing away? The Food Recovery Challenge asks participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible – saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment.  Jan 28, 2013, 9:04 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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By recovering excess food, FlashFood reduces food insecurity and the environmental impact of food waste. Nearly 50 million Americans struggle to put food on their tables, while 40% of food in the US is wasted, with 129 billion pounds coming from restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores.  Jan 24, 2013, 2:38 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need.  Apr 23, 2013, 2:33 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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A row of restaurants in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C., looks tantalizing — there are Vietnamese, Italian, New American. But if you walk around to the alley at the back of this row you might gag. Dumpsters packed with trash are lined up, and they get emptied only twice a week. Which means a lot of food sits here, filling the block with a deep, rank odor.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:38 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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As a nation, we waste 40 percent of the food we produce, according to estimates from the National Institute of Health. Last year, Americans threw out the equivalent of about $180 billion* worth of food—an 8 percent increase from 2008, the last time the USDA calculated the total value of food loss from households, supermarkets, restaurants, and other food-service providers.  Jan 24, 2013, 11:38 AM abernier@pvlearners.net
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Millions of pound of food and groceries go to waste each year. To encourage companies and organizations to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, they are protected from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need.  Jan 24, 2013, 2:17 PM abernier@pvlearners.net
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It's one of the great paradoxes of our time: Hundreds of millions of people go hungry, and yet we waste a whopping 1.43 billion tons of food — one third of what we produce. Food waste is a problem in rich countries and poor countries alike, and it's happening throughout the supply chain — from the farm to the truck to the warehouse to the store to your refrigerator.  Sep 11, 2013, 11:05 PM abernier@pvlearners.net