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In this article it discusses the price of how far some of our food can travel to get to us. It also talks about the importance of shopping local which is why Ten Rivers support local farms. Harry MacCormack, board member at Ten Rivers Food Web, elaborates that TRFW research shows that even in the most aware people, like in Corvallis and Eugene, only around 5% of food is local. Outside those two university towns, stats continue to show less that 2% of food is local. All the rest has various levels of carbon footprint, not that most of the local doesn't have any. Shipping, warehousing, restaurant and retail presentations all involve time factors that affect nutritional quality, differently, depending on product. As does any level of processing, usually done with high heat negatively affecting vitamins, trace minerals, and in some cases minerals in the final product.
This transportation information is why TRFW pioneered the local Hydrogen fuel production project almost 5 years ago. Information on the status of that project is available at cascadia energy technologies.com.
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Changes in weather leads to changes in food production. Harry MacCormack, board member at Ten Rivers Food Web, elaborates on these changes in this article, covering a variety of crops including fava beans, golden beans, chickpeas, and lentils. Follow the link below to read more.
Studies in this article show that change in diet can have a positive impact on health. In fact, they argue that foods have the power to fight disease as well, if not better, than medicine. Locally grown foods have a higher nutritional value which is why Ten Rivers supports local farms. Eating right can not only reduce medical problems, but help prevent them altogether. Follow the link below to learn more.
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Artificial intelligence is a hotly debated topic. It has it’s benefits and it has it’s downfalls. This article talks about an experiment where A.I. was used to calculate body health and composition to create a personalized diet algorithm. There proved many issues with this test, however the main result concluded one thing: there is not one optimal diet that best fits everyone. Read more to find out why finding the “perfect diet” is nearly impossible.
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It is no secret that food security is becoming a growing issue across the world, but these issues may be closer than they seem. Ten Rivers Board Member, Harry MacCormack, explores this topic as it relates to the local area. Read the attached article to see how local Corvallis community members can help fight food insecurity all while maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
A plant-based diet isn’t just eating greens. It is a more ethical, sensible, and healthy way to treat your body and the earth we live on. A plant-based diet doesn’t have to mean cutting out meat entirely. Rather, it concentrates on shifting the focus of a meal from meat to healthy produce. This eating style has been said to reduce the risk of cancer and hypertension, as well as increase peoples’ longevity and vitality. It’s a simple change that can have a big impact. To find out more, follow the article link below.