Is This the End of the Small Boat Fisherman?

Pete Knutson has always been the kind of guy to find a way around the hurdles and challenges life tosses his way. Loki Fish Company has overcome the odds, because though skill, intuition, and luck, Pete started and built a successful small business by avoiding “killer” challenges every day.

Small food-based businesses have a special role in the way we eat – they bring diversity, innovation, sustainability, and vitality to local and regional food systems. Big commercial fishing operations driven by “economies of scale” compromise quality in exchange for cost, degrading the value of the food they deliver.

There is Something Wrong; Really Wrong!

Maintained on the backs of farm workers, meat processing workers, food service workers, and other invisible workers, our “American Food System” delivers cheap strawberries from California, Mexico, and Chile year ‘round, and chicken nuggets and hamburgers by the barrel full.

The workers who put food on our tables should not have to sacrifice their health, their bodies, or their families for a paycheck. What justice is there when I can enjoy the fruits of their labors while these workers can barely afford to feed their own families?

Join us on our journey to improve access affordable good food, justice for food workers, and health. Our goal: healthy workers, healthy consumers, healthy food animals, and healthy soil.

Essential Reading: Soil Health, Human Health, Healthy Communities

Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely.

Grass, Soil, Hope by Courtney White

The author of this book, Grass, Soil, Hope, is perhaps best known as one of the founders of the Quivira Coalition.

Food From the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan

America has never felt more divided. But in the midst of all the acrimony comes one of the most promising movements in our country’s history.

A DIY buying club – Here’s how Sarah did it

I have found great joy in connecting my community to the goods produced by small local farmers. There is no better way to welcome Fall to Minnesota than to load up on Honey Crisp apples! This delicious sweet and juice hybrid was developed right here at the University of Minnesota.

2019 ApplePalooza was the second annual apple haul from Inspired Acres, a small family-owned orchard about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities. This year, we had 1720 pounds of apples delivered to Bloomington MN! 

Our Daily Bread: It Takes Farmers, Millers, and Bakers

Most of the US forgets – or is simply ignorant of the fact – that the Northern Great Plains are a major part of the nation’s “bread basket.” They’ve been raised to think that wheat comes from Kansas.

The truth is that northern-tier states east of the Rockies produce millions of bushels of wheat, most of which is sold by the train carload to one of just a handful of huge commercial flour mills or is exported. In fact, 85% of the wheat produced in Montana – and 50% of the wheat produced in the US – is exported worldwide.

Montana-made artisan bread.

Our goal at GoodFood World is to stimulate discussion by reporting on the critical issues affecting the production and use of organic wheat and other grains, especially the challenges to small-scale organic family farms, millers, and bakers.  Have you bought locally grown grain, flour, or bread? Your comments and input are appreciated!

Eat Well, Be Well: What We Eat and Who Supplies It

Supermarkets and big box stores offer nearly 50,000 – or more – products for us to choose from to feed ourselves and our families. It turns out that is a big challenge to healthy eating.

A nation-wide analysis of U.S. grocery purchases revealed that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food we buy, and these items tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods.

Selecting locally grown and minimally processed food items – good food – means more healthful and nutritious food on your plate. How do you know what is available to you?

Eating in Montana – Healthful Food or Junk Food?

Farmers markets and CSAs sprout up every spring along with the lettuce and tomato plants. Supermarkets across the country, from small family-owned stores to big box chains, are all offering organic options throughout the store, not just produce any more.

And we have more and more options to choose from in the “middle of the store.”

So, we all think – or would like to think – that we’re eating nutritious food. Do we even know what good “nutrition” is?