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Twitter Roundup – November 19: Plastic bags, farmers markets and food banks

   /   Nov 19th, 2010Environment, Food, News, Tech

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets on food from the last week:

Want to find a farmer's market? @USDAgov has built the dataset & map, you can design a farmers market app
The Humane Touch

Just this week, the USDA (@USDAgov) released a brand new website with a national farmers market directory, including a slick mapping tool.  In conjunction with the new tool and directory, they’ve released an entire data set with all of the collected information. On the USDA blog, they urge app developers to use the free and open data to create even more useful tools so that people across the country can easily find their local farmers markets.

Los Angeles County bans plastic bags
NBC Los Angeles

At a county board meeting on Tuesday, Los Angeles County became the latest in a string of cities to propose banning plastic bags in convenience and grocery stores. Under the ordinance, expected to be passed officially next week, the unincorporated areas of L.A. will ban retail outlets from using the plastic bags, and paper bags would carry a 10 cent charge per bag. While those unincorporated areas do not include the city of Los Angeles, it does cover an area with a population of over one million people.

According to a Department of Agriculture report, hunger levels in the U.S. are at their highest level in 15 years. Over 45 million Americans were “food insecure” last year—that’s nearly 15% of the country. According to the report, single-parent households are among those most likely to go hungry. There’s a hopeful side to the story, though; food banks across the U.S. are organizing paper plate campaigns—concerned volunteers can raise awareness on child hunger by sending decorated paper plates to lawmakers. Read more here.

It's National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week! Help raise awareness - review a food & shelter org!

GreatNonprofits (@GreatNonprofits), the self-described “Yelp for Nonprofits,” is observing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by asking people to help them recognize organizations that fight hunger and homelessness. Do you have a favorite? Nominate your nonprofit here.

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