Posts Categorized: Issues

The Disappearing East Coast Apple

local apples on display

Walking through the produce section of a grocery store in the Northeast in the past month and you’re likely to have noticed something strange. Despite a good harvest and plenty of supply, Macoun, McIntosh, Empire, Gala, Pink Lady, and Evercrisp apples from the Northeast are difficult, if not impossible to find, having all but disappeared… Read more »

Farmworker Partnerships in the Northeast – a Red Tomato and Equitable Food Initiative Pilot Launching this Spring

“A good crew is the best insurance you can have” says vegetable grower Wally Czajkowski of Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA, a sentiment likely shared by all the growers in the Red Tomato network. The knowledge, skill, health, and well-being of a farm’s crew is integrally linked with the economic well-being of the farm as… Read more »

Why Supermarkets Are Still Around

Almost weekly we see a media story or food blog proclaiming that “The Supermarket is Dead,” and furthermore, tech is the new grocery store. A recent example is this from Wired: “The Supermarket Must Die. App-Fueled Services Can Kill It“. Red Tomato Founder and Evangelist Michael Rozyne sees a different story between the lines: What’s… Read more »

Announcing the Food Narrative Project

For nineteen years, we’ve told ourselves that Red Tomato, a small nonprofit with nine employees, is too small to have much impact on the national public conversation around local and sustainable food. We’re too small; our resources are too few. We emerged from our five year planning process this winter with a revised view: yes,… Read more »

5 Takeaways from the 2016 Growers Meeting

Wild Pollinators Thrive on Eco Orchards: Early research from Dr. Bryan Danforth at Cornell University appears to indicate that in orchards using Eco protocols there are significantly more wild pollinators than conventional, non-Eco orchards. Dr. Danforth’s research also indicates that wild pollinators are more efficient pollinators than commercial honeybees brought to help pollinate. Learn more… Read more »

How to Solve the Declining Bee Population

by Sue Futrell & Gideon Burdick Everyone wants to save the bees! And for good reason; they are one of the most beneficial of beneficial insects, and they are in danger. In the United States beekeepers lost 40 percent of their honeybee colonies last year, and in the Netherlands the population of wild bees has… Read more »

In Defense of the Bigger Picture – What the Whole Foods Rating System Can Really Tell Us.

Just as there are thousands of farmers, there are thousands of ways to farm. The small and mid-sized family farms that are competing against multimillion dollar companies are balancing the health of their fields, employees, and consumers, all while having to compete in an ever industrialized food system. While it is reported that 97% of… Read more »

Red Tomato Thoughts on the Whole Foods Produce Rating Launch

By Sue Futrell Media commenters from both the conventional produce industry and environmental advocates have been quick to pounce on the new Whole Foods Produce Ratings, announced this week. The rating system, called Responsibly Grown, sorts fresh produce and floral into Unrated, Good, Better and Best categories, in hopes of setting a higher bar for growing practices by… Read more »

Michael Rozyne: TEDxManhattan Sneak Peak

  In order to introduce himself to the TEDxManhattan audience. Red Tomato’s founder and co-director, Michael Rozyne, answered a few questions about himself and the Red Tomato conversation that we call: The Truth in the Middle. Enjoy the sneak peak! 1) What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about? The current food system isn’t built for local,… Read more »