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So You Think You’re a Foodie?

A sampling of the screwball comedies, sob stories, and sci-fis that anticipated our culinary moment

At a time when chefs, restaurateurs, and recipe-makers are racing to bring back the trends of yesteryear or to put contemporary twists on old comestibles, it’s striking when their pop culture genealogy gets overlooked. Sift through the annals of screwball comedy, fantasy adventure, and science fiction, and you will discover a secret history of zany, pop cultural accounts that foreshadow the current culinary moment. Here is just a handful of our faves.

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A Pickup Truck Grows an Educational Mini-Farm

A literal food truck expands the creative arsenal of urban agriculture.

If the Lorax were to ever actually award a "Certified Truffula Tree of Approval" to a moving vehicle, it'd be a lot more likely to go to a garden-toting truck that brings farms to schools than to a Mazda SUV.

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Local Food, Y'all? Freshfully Brings a Locavore's eBay to the Deep South

Local food in the Deep South? Online marketplace Freshfully helps the movement spread in Alabama.

When entrepreneur Jen Barnett was a child in Alabama, local food didn't have any special name. "It's what, growing up, we just called 'food,'" she says. "When I was a kid, my memories of buying food we're going to big open farmers markets and filling the trunk up with corn and peas. There was no question that it was grown naturally. "

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East Bay's JUST FOOD Tackles Food Injustice

Ashoka's Youth Venture and The Earth Island Institute are collaborating on an exciting new program called JUST FOOD.


As a young kid, James Berk often ate chips for dinner. By age 12, he’d developed a minor heart condition and had difficulty breating. Today at age 19, he’s the youngest of seven worker owners of West Oakland’s Mandela Food Co-Operative and heads up their Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, a program that focuses on getting fresh produce into corner stores in low income neighborhoods.

The world needs more James Berks! That’s why Ashoka’s Youth Venture and The Earth Island Institute are collaborating on an exciting new program called JUST FOOD. The youth development efforts will support teams of young people in the East Bay. in their efforts to lead their own social ventures addressing the critical theme of food justice. In doing so, they’ll be able to build a powerful network of young changemakers throughout their community, beginning next year.

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