TLD Announces Harvest Haiku Challenge

Bill Palladino, Press Release, Uncategorized

Harvest Haiku Challenge

For Immediate Release

Date: October 1, 2016

Contact: Bill Palladino, bill@localdifference.org (231)590-1685

Harvest Haiku Challenge Launched in Northern Michigan

Traverse City – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local food branding and marketing organization, has launched the Harvest Haiku Challenge in partnership with Blackbird Arts TC and Michigan Writers. The poetry contest opened for entries on October 1 with a deadline of November 15, 2016.

Haiku are a form of Japanese poetry. Each haiku is spare in design, expressing a single emotion or impression in seventeen syllables of unrhymed words on three lines with five, seven, and five syllables on each line, respectively. The short poems are often related to the natural world. The emphasis for this contest will be on celebrating the many facets of Northern Michigan’s harvest season.

Ending Food Waste – Feeding People

Bill Palladino, Food Policy, food waste

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The amount of food wasted in our nation is stunning.

 

“In the United States, 31 percent — or 133 billion pounds — of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

From the point of view of a food business, this statistic erodes already slim profit margins. The USDA goes on to say, “the estimated value of this food loss (in 2010) was $161.6 billion using retail prices.” To bring that down to earth for us, here’s a quote ‘80’s television icon Mr. T, “That ain’t no chump change!”

TLD Expands Statewide

Bill Palladino, Economy, Press Release

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For Immediate Release

Date:               January 10, 2015

Contact:          Bill Palladino, bill@localdifference.org, (231) 590-1685

Taste the Local Difference® Announces Statewide Expansion

TRAVERSE CITY – Taste the Local Difference®, Michigan’s local-food branding and marketing program, will expand its services to farmers, food processors, food purveyors, and communities across Michigan starting in January 2016.

Local Food—Relationships Required

Bill Palladino, Get Involved

Timothy Young, founder and chef of Food for Thought in Honor, has the same responsibilities and worries as most business leaders. But when it comes to managing relationships in his organic and wild-harvested specialty food company, Young has strong feelings about the food distribution system he relies on.

Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub

Bill Palladino, Economy, Find Local Food, Specialty Producers

Taste the Local Difference is excited to announce we are now the Leasing and Program Managers of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub, a new facility comprised of 12,000 square feet of modern food manufacturing and production spaces available for lease at below market rates.

Infographic – Food Waste

Bill Palladino, Food Policy, Infographic, Learn More

By Bill Palladino

I like this one.  My family tries very, very, hard to narrow our waste stream.  It’s evident every week on our street.  Our neighborhood’s garbage service uses bright red bags, and in the snow we’ve had they stand out.  Our home only has a red bag in front of it once a month or less often.  On the other hand, our recycling is always piled much higher than the neighbor’s.  We even have two bins to everyone else’s single one.

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”

Bill Palladino, Book Reviews, Books/Films, Food Policy, Learn More

By Bill Palladino

“Alone among the animals, we humans insist that our food be not only ‘good to eat’ —tasty, safe, and nutritious— but also, in the words of Claude Levi-Strauss, ‘good to think,’ for among all the many other things we eat, we also eat ideas.”