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December 12, 2012
Food+Tech Connect, GRACE Communications Foundation and Applegate Announce Winners of the first ever Meat "Hackathon"
With a pig butchering demo by Tom Mylan on the menu, it was clear to everyone that Hack//Meat would not be your average hackathon. For 48 hours from December 7-9, more than 150 “steakholders,” technologists, entrepreneurs and creatives from across the country convened at Hack//Meat 2012, the first-ever meat hackathon, to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat. Thousands more contributed online at #hackmeat. Participants self-organized into teams to rapidly prototype solutions to challenges like improving communication along the meat supply chain, the impact of consolidation on rural communities and labeling confusion for consumers.

November 27, 2012
Leading Technologists, Entrepreneurs and "Steakholders" Converge On New York City to Reimagine the Future of Meat
For 48 hours on December 7-9, leading entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, academics, and policymakers will team up to develop innovative new solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat. On December 9, teams will pitch their final prototypes to an expert panel of judges including Tom Mylan (The Meat Hook), Stephen McDonnell (Applegate), Hillary Mason (Bitly), Paul Matteucci (US Venture Partners) and Shai Goldman (500 Startups). Winners will be awarded up to $2,500 and marketing services to help them continue working with stakeholders to bring their products to fruition.

November 15, 2012
Food Industry Leaders Launch Online Town Hall to Explore How Information and Technology Can Improve the Meat System
Beginning November 12, food and tech innovators will have the chance to participate in an online conversation focused on exploring the question, "How can information and technology be used to hack or re-imagine the future of meat?" Participants will help to define challenges facing the meat industry and discuss new ideas for more sustainable, profitable and healthy ways to produce, process, distribute, sell, consume, and communicate meat. Subsequently the general public will be invited to place requests on a community wish list for the products and solutions that they view as most critical for the meat industry.

February 14, 2012
Rodale Books to Publish His Royal Highness Prince Charles's Landmark Speech "On the Future of Food" [PDF]
GRACE Communications Foundation has teamed up with Rodale Books to promote the mini book of the landmark speech Prince Charles delivered at The Future of Food Conference in Washington, DC. The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food brings the perilous state of our industrialized food system into sharp focus, and makes the case that sustainable agriculture can, in fact, feed a global population approaching 9 billion, while safeguarding public health, creating jobs, and protecting our environment.  GRACE has also created a website where you can learn more about the issues raised in the book, the people and organizations working on solutions, and a TAKE ACTION link to 5 actions consumers can take and 10 actions the U.S. can take to create a more sustainable future for the generations to come.

November 18, 2010
Ecocentric Blog Debuts
Last June, a new environmental blog quietly sneaked onto the Web and started churning out quality stories about food, water and energy. Ecocentric, led by senior editor Leslie Hatfield, formerly of The Green Fork (Treehugger’s 2009 Best of Green Local Food Blog, and a Top 10 Sustainable Food blog on The New York Times’ Diner’s Journal), boasts a robust multimedia section, a fast-paced News Briefs section and an ever-so-slightly cheeky sense of humor.

September 28, 2010
Farm Aid Collaborates with Milwaukee-Area Farmers
As Farm Aid gears up for its 25th anniversary concert, Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, on Saturday, October 2 at Miller Park, Milwaukee-area farmers, businesses and non-profit organizations are putting their mark on the historic event. Farm Aid is teaming up with the Eat Well Guide to encourage concertgoers to seek out farm-fresh food at restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets and other venues throughout Wisconsin. [download PDF]

June 7, 2010
Guster Challenges Fans to Eat Well this Summer
The Green Music Group (GMG), a project of Reverb, has launched a series of earth friendly calls-to-action this summer. Starting tomorrow, Guster is challenging fans to use the Eat Well Guide to find and eat at least one meal using local, sustainably-raised food. Fans can submit photos of their food until noon on Friday June 18th to become eligible to win a Live Nation Ultimate Access Pass. [download PDF]

May 15, 2010
Tour de Farmers' Markets
Celebrate Bike Month NYC by joining Eat Well Guide for a leisurely bicycle tour of the Union Square, Fort Greene Park, and Grand Army Plaza greenmarkets. Pedal the city while exploring the markets and enjoy fresh food from local farms along the route. Eat Well tote bags, snacks, and good company provided. [download PDF]

April 28, 2010
New Meatrix site offers complete toolbox for fighting factory farms
With factory farming threatening to take over the world, the crime fighting superheroes of The Meatrix are off on an extended mission, redoubling their efforts to spread the word. The new Meatrix site and Meatrix Presentation Kit offer free movies, buttons, stickers, postcards, magnets and lots and lots of informative handouts on issues ranging from food safety to slaughterhouse practices.

January 14, 2008
Inaugural Eating Starts on the Road to D.C.
As the hungry hordes converge on Washington, Eat Well Guide has them covered. Traveling from New York or Chicago? Print out ready-to-go driving directions highlighted with sustainable food vendors all along your route. Driving to the nation's capitol from some other town? Two minutes with Eat Well Everywhere will give you a custom trip book with the best co-ops, restaurants, and B&Bs along the way that serve up local, sustainably produced food.

November 13, 2008
Consumers Union and Eat Well Guide Launch Thanksgiving Local and Organic Food Challenge
Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Eat Well Guide, North America’s premier free online directory for finding local, sustainable food, have partnered to launch the Thanksgiving Local and Organic Food Challenge. The Thanksgiving Challenge aims to inspire Americans to learn more about local, sustainable or organic food by using Eat Well Guide’s comprehensive online tool for finding local ingredients for at least one dish they will prepare as part of their holiday meal. Eat Well Guide Director Destin Joy Layne adds, “For Americans, Thanksgiving is the year’s peak travel weekend, but there’s no reason the food for our feasts has to travel thousands of miles as well. This is the perfect time to use our interactive Eat Well Guide to find locally produced turkey, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, meat and more, wherever you live.”
[download PDF]

Cultivating the WebAugust 18, 2008
Cultivating the Web to Debut at Slow Food Nation: Eat Well Guide’s new book highlights digital tools for farmers & foodies
In Cultivating the Web, leading environmentalist and prize winning author Bill McKibben (The End of Nature, Deep Economy) notes, "It is undeniably odd and lovely that among the most important parts of our food system - a little behind rain and sun and seed - are the new digital tools that allow us to bypass the big advertisers, the mega-chains, the junk peddlers, and instead find all the other people growing, processing, cooking and eating actual, delicious food." As Eat Well Guide director Destin Layne put it, “Although it may seem the most unlikely of catalysts, digital technology is jogging our memories of real food and agrarian culture. We may be going back to the land, but lots of us are bringing our smart phones and laptops along.”
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April 22, 2008
It's Earth Day—Green Your Fork & Help Save the Planet: Eat Well Guide to Launch Green Fork Blog
This Earth Day, the team at the Eat Well Guide, www.eatwellguide.org, is launching a new blog called The Green Fork, to continue helping conscientious eaters find resourceful information that highlights leaders in the fight for good food. The Eat Well Guide, which hosts thousands of listings of small-scale farms, restaurants, and other "green food outlets" throughout the US and Canada, continues to expand by including produce farms, farmers markets and vegan restaurants, as well as "Water-Conscious" ratings that inform consumers about local restaurants that are moving away from the ecologically unsound bottled water trend. The Eat Well team is currently at work on new cutting edge features to make it easier than ever to eat greener, including an interactive mapping and travel feature due to hit the Web this summer.
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