How to feed the 9 billion

by Jean Blish Siers *

In a 2013 piece in the New York Times, one of my favorite food writers Mark Bittman wrote, “The world has long produced enough calories, around 2,700 per day per human, more than enough to meet the United Nations projection of a population of nine billion in 2050 … There are hungry people not because food is lacking, but because not all of those calories go to feed humans (a third go to feed animals, ...

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Easter: God’s Abundance

By Michael Binger *

Easter is probably my favorite holiday. I don’t like chocolate (crazy, I know!), so the Bunny really doesn’t do anything for me. Waking up Easter morning and going to church and hearing again that old, old story always thaws my heart after a cold winter. I am touched again by God’s love and I am thankful. I am always thankful for my family and my friends and for their patience with me! Memories of ...

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Ag Day on the Hill

By Rich Peck *

For 15 years, Tennessee state legislators have celebrated “Ag Day on the Hill” – a day to shuck corn, visit farm animals, and celebrate all things agricultural. This year, the day included bagging and distributing 19,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to Nashville area churches and food kitchens, and to food pantries across a 12-county area of Middle Tennessee.

State Senator Andy Holt, vice-chair of the Tennessee Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, has chaired the annual event for the ...

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Spring has sprung!

by Jean Blish Siers *

peasLess than a week into official spring, my little backyard garden is in the full throes of new birth! Amidst the last of the fall leaves, shoots of fragile green plants push out of the soil: onions, arugula, lettuce, kale, peas! And perhaps most exciting: my first ever asparagus spears. In this case, gratification must be delayed for another year, as I let strong crowns develop that will hopefully ...

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Happy National Nutrition Month!

by Jean Blish Siers *

Choose My Plate

March is National Nutrition Month, according to the US Department of Agriculture website, and a time to celebrate healthy eating! There should be much to celebrate. Most of us are familiar with the “My Plate” logo, adopted in 2010, which puts greater emphasis on vegetables and fruits, with smaller portions of grains, dairy, and proteins. And earlier this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report ...

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A long weekend

 

By Jean Blish Siers *

biscuits Last year I visited one of the soup kitchens that receives fresh produce from us. They serve a hot lunch five days a week in an area that has become part of suburban Charlotte. From I-77, the driver sees shopping centers and shiny new housing developments. But a few blocks from the off ramp, in a quiet and well-kept neighborhood, dozens come daily for food and fellowship.

Volunteers bring plated ...

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