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post Apr 14 2006, 05:52 PM
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Mas-Gallegos, Director, (323) 258-1435
“Gente y Tierra”

The Struggles of the South Central Farmers
Guest curator Raoul De la Sota
Photographs by Fernando Flores, Don Normark and Don Rogers;
Paintings by Pola Lopez and Raoul De la Sota;
Floor mandala by Linda Vallejo

Fundraising Opening & Concert: Saturday, April 29, 2006 7-10 pm

Donation: $20.00
A fundraising benefit with art, food and music will be held for the South Central Community Garden at the Avenue 50 Studio on Saturday, April 29, from 7-10 p.m. An exhibit and sale of photographs by Fernando Flores, Don Normark and Don Rogers will support the struggles; paintings by Pola Lopez and Raoul De la Sota, and a floor mandala by Linda Vallejo will also be part of this fundraising benefit.

This fundraiser is in support of keeping the gates open in order to continue to feed low income families and promote health education.

The South Central Community Garden is located at 41st and Alameda/Long Beach Blvd. The Garden has served the community for 14 years through the legacy of Mayor Tom Bradley. Throughout its history it has held outreach programs in gardening techniques and health education, and has fed low income families. For the last three years, Angelenos, friends and organizations have been working diligently to keep this valuable urban farm operating.

Help save the garden by attending this wonderful evening of art; savor the food prepared by the women of the South Central Community Garden; and enjoy the jarocho music of Emilio Amaya’s SON REAL.

To learn more about the struggles of the South Central Community Garden, go to www.southcentralfarmers.com.

When: Fundraising Opening & Concert: Saturday, April 29, 2006 7-10 pm
Where: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 No. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 258-1435
Donation: $20.00
Duration: April 29, 2006 through May 21, 2006



Councilman Zine’s Unexpected Visit to South Central Farm Provokes Angry Exchange.
by A Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2006 at 11:05 PM

Uploaded is an MP3 file of the farmers comments in council chambers today and Council member Zine's response


http://la.indymedia.org/uploads/2006/04/scfvszine.mp3

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2006 – Council member Dennis Zine paid an unexpected visit to the South Central Farm last Tuesday night. According to the farmers he circled the farm in an unmarked police car with two other police officers at about 10 pm Tuesday night. The car apparently caused concern for the farmers and they went to investigate. What occurred next has become the subject of controversy between the councilman and the farmers. The farmers are claiming that during the course of events one of the police officers pointed a gun at the 13 year old daughter of one of the farmers.

This Wednesday morning in council chambers during public comments the farmers questioned Zine about the incident. Zine broke with council protocol and gave a direct response to farmer’s comments. Zine acknowledged his visit to the farm and explained his version of the incident. Zine stated that he was on patrol as a LAPD reserve officer in the area and that he took some time to drive around the block to look at the farm. He said that the car he was in was tailgated. The officer driving stopped the car and as they exited their vehicle they were approached by a group asking them what were they doing there.

Zine stated that he “…went down there with good intentions to see [their] plight”. Zine claims the farmers harassed him. He said “…if that’s the welcoming committee that we get from the farmers, I’m not going to listen to the farmers, I’m not going to support the farmers” Zine claimed he never saw a gun and he never pulled a gun.

Zine may not have made the best choice of transportation or time of day to make his unannounced visit to farm. The situation has been tense at the farm. For the past 9 months farmers have been camping out to defend the farm from the threat of forced evictions and the destruction of their farm.

The farmers have stated that had they been given some advance notice of Zine’s plans to visit the farm, the incident could have been avoided. For over three years, the farmers have been extending invitations to all council members to visit the farm. Last Tuesday night’s visit is the first known visit to the farm by any city council member. The farmers say the invitation still stands.
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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 21:08:32 -0700
From: southcentralfarmers@electrolandia.com
Subject: [SCFs] A Letter to Sheriff Baca with regard to Mr. Zine's
Behavior
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Dear Sheriff Baca,



I am writing to express my dismay over the apparent provocation staged by
City Councilman Zine at site of the landlord-tenant dispute known as the
"South Central Community Farm."



In a tense situation, I expect sworn officers to behave with professional
decorum. I especially expect that of any sworn officer who also holds public
office.



As the Sheriff, you are ultimately responsible for the dealing with the
consequences of provocations like this. It is South Central. The LAPD has
the reputation that it has. If a gun was drawn, or even displayed by an
officer in a manner that appeared threatening to a minor child (and why
would a child lie about something like that?), that can only ratchet up
tensions that increase the odds of a violent confrontation.



As I noted in a previous letter to you, any such confrontation can only
serve to result in irreparable damage to the value of that property, thus
harming the interest of its rightful owner. The City of Los Angeles and its
agents have done quite enough harm to that owner already in their
mishandling of their jurisdiction over this property.



As I understand it, negotiations are being carried on between the owner and
an agency for a fair and equitable purchase. I would like to ask you to
suggest to Councilman Zine, the other members of the Council, and any other
reserve officers who might feel a need to investigate the situation without
proper authorization, that they put their efforts into locating additional
funding sources for the buyout.



At the moment that appears to be the only approach that can bring a peaceful
resolution to the conflict over this property while suitably compensating
the owner for the City's history of misconduct.



Thanks and the best,



Robert Hartman



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post Apr 14 2006, 07:54 PM
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Why the Hell would that Police Officer Go look at the Garden at night,, ?



In my Opinion the police officer is in the wrong.



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post Apr 16 2006, 03:45 AM
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Los Angeles City Council Member Dennis P. Zine does a drive-by in South
Central



Commentary:

By Tezozomoc

Elected Representative of the South Central Farmers





South Central Los Angeles, CA, April 14, 2006 - At approximately 10 pm on
Tuesday night (April 11, 2006) a grey unmarked sedan, license plate
"4KWR891," was observed flashing a spot light on the South Central Farmers
camping at 41st and Alameda, where they have been doing nightly vigils to
prevent destruction of their community farm. The automobile contained three
individuals dressed in plain clothes. The automobile was observed circling
the community farm. Members of the South Central Farmers went outside to
investigate. They were confronted by the driver of the automobile who had
drawn his weapon and pointed it at an unarmed teenage girl who was present
with her father. One individual identified himself as Council Man Dennis P.
Zine from the 3rd district. He was also identified as such by members of
the South Central Farmers, who have been going to City Council twice a week
for the last three years.

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Tuesday night Mr. Zine also declared to Fernando Flores, Co-Chair of the
South Central Farmers' Support Committee: "I am going tomorrow to the
Council and tell them how I was treated here." The next day, on Wednesday,
our 13-year old Farmer's daughter gave testimony about the incident. Mr.
Zine was not present in Council chambers during the Farmers' testimony.
However, he entered Council chambers late and then broke protocol and
civility by berating the young girl, her brothers, and the women that
support the South Central Farmers. Please hear the testimony for yourself:

http://la.indymedia.org/uploads/2006/04/scfvszine.mp3



On April 13th, 2006, Mr. Zine's office put out a press release proclaiming
that he would not be able to support the struggle of the South Central
Farmers because, "I am outraged at the baseless lies which are being put
forth by the South Central Farmers and will be unable to support their cause
given their use of harassment as a tactic to gain media attention," Zine
states.



Please see Mr. Zine's press release:

http://www.lacity.org/council/cd3/cd3press...74_04132006.pdf



Commentary:



We, the South Central Farmers, are extremely disappointed that Mr. Zine has
withdrawn the possibility of supporting the South Central Farmers. We are
also disappointed that over the last three years that we have been going to
City Council he has not expressed any interest whatsoever in what he would
now chose to deny us in retaliation for his own lapse in judgment under
cover of night. We have been looking for the possibility of educating the
City Council on the successes of the South Central Farm and the positive
asset it has become as a model for a more just and sustainable urban policy
for all Los Angeles.



Mr. Zine has chosen to take a retaliatory and pre-emptive position against
the South Central Farmers, and their supporters. He is denying us the
chance to make ourselves known to him. All Mr. Zine had to do is admit
committing a "FOJ," that is a Failure of Judgment. As an elected official I
have made FOJs. I had to admit them and correct and apologize for them. All
that we were asking from him in the City Council Chambers was for Mr. Zine
to own up to the FOJ and apologize to the community as a demonstration of
respect to the stakeholders of the 9th district.



Mr. Zine has used his failed effort to intimidate and harass the Farmers as
an excuse to deny us our voice in City Council chambers. His provocative
actions reveal a mean-spirited streak of anti-democratic tendencies, a
despotism that seeks to control others through intimidation. A democracy
must be judged by the degree to which it is inclusive and respectful, in
which policies are made transparent and under the light of day. Democracy
does not work well when any one feels they can just come unannounced in slow
moving cars, training spot lights on people, with guns drawn in the middle
of a dark night.



Instead of owning up to this FOJ, Mr. Zine chose a line of defense similar
to that of the officers that beat Rodney King. Let us be reminded that on
March 3, 1991, four police officers beat and arrested King while some twenty
other law enforcement officers stood by and did nothing. When, "The judge
imposed relatively light sentences of thirty months in prison, departing
from the seventy to eighty-seven months mandated by federal sentencing
guidelines. The judge justified the lower sentences on the grounds that the
victim's misconduct contributed significantly to provoking the offense."[1]
In his press release Mr. Zine's has chosen this line of justification.



Perhaps it is the ability of the South Central Farmers to successfully
protect the community farm that gives rise to Mr. Zine's harassment and
provocation. The South Central Farmers did not go into Mr. Zine's district.
The South Central Farmers did not drive around in an unmarked grey car in
Mr. Zine's neighborhood flashing a spot light into people's premises. The
South Central Farmers did not pull a weapon and point it a 13-year old
unarmed girl, without identifying themselves as Police officers.



Let us make further corrections to Mr. Zine's statements: ".while driving
through in an unmarked police car, we were nearly struck by a white sport
utility vehicle. This vehicle proceeded to tailgate our car as we drove
through the area. Out of concern for our safety, we pulled our vehicle over
to the curb."



As we declared to Sergeant Kelly and Sergeant Palka, from LAPD Internal
Affairs Group Administrative Investigation Section D: As the driver of the
white Suburban did his usual night watch round of the community farm he
observed a suspicious grey vehicle spot-lighting the Farm. This drew his
attention and as usual procedure we take down the plates and call them into
Newton street division, in cases where people are littering or dumping
trash. The cars were driving very slowly and Mr. Zine's car was never
threatened or "nearly struck." The white Suburban pulled up next to the grey
car when it stopped. Immediately, the driver opened his door and pulled a
gun on the occupants of the white Suburban. Our press release never stated
that Mr. Zine pulled the gun as he claims in his press release. We did
state: "They were confronted by the driver of the automobile who had drawn
his weapon and pointed it to an unarmed teenage girl who was present with
her father." No one stated that it was Mr. Zine.



Mr. Zine further states in his press release that, "This was my intention -
to visit the farm without fanfare - and to see firsthand where the site is
located and how it is utilized. This was my first visit to the location."
We have been fighting for three years to bring awareness to this issue and
inviting Council Members to visit when we are working or doing other
activities at the farm. Plenty of fanfare is due! We deserve the same
respect that Mr. Zine has shown for other community stakeholders. People
like James Callison (LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic); and Don Cocek (Deputy City
Attorney). There is no need for clandestine operations. You cannot see
anything in the darkness; you cannot meet any of the community members under
the cover of night. Community farms are best visited during the day time
hours as any self-respecting farmer will attest.



We would like to remind Mr. Zine that as a member of the Los Angeles City
Council Public Safety Committee he is just as responsible for the Rampart
scandal that has already cost City taxpayers well over $150 million dollars.
The LAPD is under a Federal Consent Decree to, among other things, monitor
excessive use of force or coercion. As part of this consent decree, the
LAPD must closely and accurately monitor citizen complaints, and we would
like to add, we have filed one against reserve officer, Zine. Per our
preliminary information from Newton Street Station, reserve officer Zine was
not assigned to do reconnaissance on the farm, yet he made several passes
around the property in an unmarked car and left his LAPD business card, not
his City Council card with a farm organizer.



We, additionally, hope that Sgt. Kelly and Palka' Internal Affairs report
will not merely be a Rodney King Verdict white-wash of what possibly could
be abuse of power under two colors; one, under color of authority as an LAPD
police officer and the second as abuse of authority under color of authority
of a Los Angeles City Council Man.



In Los Angeles we need angels of hope, amnesty, empathy, and equality. We
do not need "Angelinos of Retribution". This is the role that Mr. Zine
presented when he publicly humiliated a 13-year old girl who went to testify
about her traumatic experience in a dark night in South Central Los Angeles.





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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 18:20:29 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [SCFs] Eearth Day Punk Show at the Farm
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The Seventh Generation collective is organizing an event on earth day April 22nd at the South Central Farm. It will be a conscious anarco-punk/grind/crust show including Resistant Culture, Sin Remedio, Industrial collapse and more. Please join us in our efforts to bring conscious punk and this struggle to defend the land together.


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Please check the SCF site to read news letters that where not posted in this thread

http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/index.php

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Los Altos urges Mountain View to adopt 'urban farm' concept Written by Administrator Tuesday, 20 February 2007 http://www.paloaltodailynews.com/article/2007-2-16-02-16-07-la-grant-rd

Friday Feb 16

Los Altos urges Mountain View to adopt 'urban farm' concept



By Aaron Claverie / Daily News Staff Writer

The Mountain View Farmlands Group, which is trying to save a piece of the popular "pumpkin patch" in Mountain View, has gained an ally in the form of the Los Altos City Council.

The Los Altos council voted 3-2 this week to send a letter to the Mountain View City Council in support of the concept of an urban farm that would be used to educate children.

The Farmlands Group is lobbying the city of Mountain View to set aside a 5-acre section of the 15-acre pumpkin patch site for an organic farm that would coexist with a proposed housing development. The site, also known as the Grant Road Farm, is located at the intersection of Levin Avenue and Grant Road.



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Taking the fight to the gangs Written by Administrator Monday, 12 February 2007 Taking the fight to the gangs

February 12, 2007 (Los Angeles Times)

Re "City plan targets 11 worst gangs," Feb. 8

In the ongoing efforts to curb gang violence, we often hear calls for youth intervention. Constructive activity and a sense of belonging can prevent young people from becoming ensnared in gang life. Before its destruction last July, the South-Central Urban Farm provided just such a refuge for young people.

But the Los Angeles City Council has refused to recognize this and the many other community benefits afforded by the farm. Perhaps council members should revisit promoting community projects like this and start listening to the people again.

LINDA PIERA-AVILA

Santa Monica


I wanted to add this,above^^^

Even though the farm was torn down this summer. Im gonna keep posting the news I get from the site.


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South Central Farmers Health and Education

[/font]1702 E. 41st St. Los Angeles, CA 90058

[email="%3Cscript%20language="] southcentralfarmers@hotmail.com [/email]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Photos and interviews available upon request

South Central Farmers Tianguis

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH

WHAT: 1) Bringing Food to the ‘Hood’- Organic produce
2) “Free to Be Me” Drum Circle3) Music and entertainment

WHEN: Sunday, March 4, 2007 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

[/color][color="#000000"]WHERE: On 41st Street, between Long Beach and Alameda near
The SCFHEF Community Center & Gallery1702 E. 41st Street Los Angeles, CA 90058 (Please Note: Same day as LA Marathon, make sure to find appropriate route to event. Metro: Exit Blue Line Vernon Station and walk four blocks North)

WHY: SCFHEF celebrates the strength, courage, and work of women around the world while seeking to raise awareness of the injustices and struggles that exist for women.

[font="Times New Roman"]WHO:
The eclectic line-up of artists, speakers, and performers will feature:South Central Farm traditional dance circle“Free to Be Me” Drum CircleChildren’s Workshops and StoriesHolistic care & productsCooking Demo SCFAnd More!



As part of their commitment to keep Bringing Food to the ‘Hood, the SCFHEF hosts a monthly Tianguis marketplace in collaboration with various community-based organizations, artisans, and local merchants. Every first Sunday of the month, the Tianguis transforms public space surrounding the original 14-acre farm into a site for healthy eating, healthy economics, and healthy relationships.





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March 4th Tianguis Recap Written by Administrator Monday, 12 March 2007 Spring was in the air last Sunday, March 4, as the South Central Farmers celebrated International Women's Month at their Tianguis.



Refugio Cevallos and the Danza Azteca Cuauhtemoc South Central Farm opened the day with prayer and dance, especially honoring the women. Indeed, the South Central Farmers is a community comprised of strong and intelligent women and men who respect them.



Performers and speakers for the day highlighted women.

Our own Kim Mercado and her fellow musicians performed their Veracruz style songs.



Sabina Sandoval and others from "Free to be Me" Drum Circle group generously provided what seemed like scores of drums and percussion instruments for attendees to play and express themselves in a large circle. This expressive experience was unifying, creative and FUN!

( freetobemedrum@aol.com for more info)



Eugenia Mendez and Bernardo Soto prepared and shared a spinach and chard sautéed. Delicious! Here's the simple recipe:

Ingredients: garlic, onion, red and green bell peppers, olive oil, sea salt.

Saute garlic in 2 tbs. olive oil for a few minutes.

Add bell peppers and onion seasoned with sea salt.

Stir. Then add chard and or spinach. Bring vegetables to top of greens to blend all flavors.

Stir over medium heat until greens are "wilted." Add more olive oil as needed.



Later we heard the moving words of various spoken word artists including: Sister Hail Storm, an underground native hip hop artist; Green Lioness, a hip hop/reggae/spoken word artist; Lea Chavez; Ashely; and poet Gabriela Garcia Medina .



Participants could try their skill at knitting and crocheting, set up under one of the canopies.



As always, the farmers sold fresh healthy produce, like Bloomsdale spinach, chard, China Rose radishes, and broccoli. The Farmers bring nutritious fresh vegetables to the 'hood while stores like Whole Foods stay away.



Food vendors offered delicious meals from quesadillas to soy viche.



Artists and artisans sold colorful indigenous inspired clothing pieces, (wearable art!), beaded earrings and bracelets, unique handbags, and various Mexica art and wall hangings.



Information tables included participants from 9 to 5, a working women's advocacy group, whose representative encouraged visitors to sign petitions for universal health care and against Wal Mart; the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, School of the Americas Watch, and the Los Angeles Greens. Two different posters highlighted women of accomplishment and the current murderous brutality facing the women of Juarez.



A brief interruption from some lost and mistaken LAPD officers did not spoil the festivities. (March madness must have affected them!)



The day closed as it started, with a dance from the Danza Azteca Cuauhtemoc South Central Farm danzantes.

It was a good day to be a woman!



Linda Piera-Avila





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<H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Americans Still Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Thursday , March 15, 2007</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">[/color]</H1>[color="#000000"]ATLANTA — Fewer than a third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, a trend that's remained steady for more than a decade, health officials said Thursday.

[/font] That's "well below" the government's goal of getting 75 percent of Americans to eat two servings of fruits and having half of the population consume three servings of vegetables each day by 2010, said Dr. Larry Cohen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diet survey, part of a huge federal health survey of every state, is based on responses from 305,000 adults in 2005. It indicates the country is only about halfway toward meeting its healthy eating goal three years from now.

"We're really concerned with the lack of success in meeting these national goals," said Cohen, who works in CDC's nutrition and physical activity division.

Although the rate of fruit and vegetable consumption has remained unchanged since 1994, health officials said the goal is still within reach.

"We have more work to do over the next few years," said spokeswoman Rachel Ciccarone.

Specifically the survey showed that 27 percent of adults ate vegetables three times a day, and about 33 percent ate fruit twice a day. A serving size is a half-cup for most fruits and vegetables, one cup for leafy greens.

Senior citizens were more likely than others to follow Mom's advice to eat more veggies, with slightly more than a third of that group eating three or more servings each day. Younger adults, age 18 to 24, ate the fewest vegetables. Nearly four-fifths of that age category scraped the veggies to the side of their plates -- if they had vegetables on the plate at all.

Likewise, seniors also ate the most fruit, with nearly 46 percent eating two or more servings of fruit daily. People age 35 to 44 ate fruit the least, with fewer than 28 percent eating the recommended amount of fruit each day.

The federal agency said it doesn't know why people aren't eating more veggies or fruits. Cohen said future surveys will ask people what other foods they are eating.

Susan Krause, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said people are eating more refined sugars or choosing protein instead of fruits and vegetables.

"There's so much information out there and people get very confused. When they're looking at protein, they feel that's the solution when they're not looking at long-term health benefits," she said. "There's so many fabricated foods now and people are looking at convenience."

Not only are fruits and vegetables lower-calorie, they also have minerals and fiber that help guard against chronic diseases and cancer, the CDC says.

The survey relied on people to report what they were eating. Telephone questioners asked how often they consumed fruit juice, fruit and vegetables. Although Hispanics ate the most fruits (37 percent) compared with blacks and whites, they ate the fewest vegetables, (about 20 percent). Whites, in contrast, ate the fewest fruits (31 percent) but the most veggies (28 percent).

Cohen said the CDC has been working on family and community programs to get more people to eat their veggies. The agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get more fresh produce into schools.

Krause said health officials should offer people simple options for getting fruits and vegetables in their diets, such as easy recipes in cooking classes and fruit smoothies or shakes in schools.

[font="Times New Roman"]"If that's a way of getting it in, at least it's in the right direction," she said. "Certainly (whole) fruit is a better choice, but that could be the next alternative."


Looking Ahead Written by Administrator Friday, 16 March 2007 <H1 class=firstHeading>Food sovereignty:</H1>"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems."

<H1 class=firstHeading>Urban agriculture:</H1>Urban agriculture is an industry located within (intra-urban) or on the fringe (peri-urban) of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows and raises, processes and distributes a diversity of food and non-food products, (re-) using largely human and natural resources*, products and services found in and around that urban area, and in turn supplying human and material resources, products and services largely to that urban area. (* Natural resources refer to soil, water, genetics, air and solar energy.)

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<H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Americans Still Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Thursday , March 15, 2007</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">[/color]</H1>[color="#000000"]ATLANTA — Fewer than a third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, a trend that's remained steady for more than a decade, health officials said Thursday.

[/font] That's "well below" the government's goal of getting 75 percent of Americans to eat two servings of fruits and having half of the population consume three servings of vegetables each day by 2010, said Dr. Larry Cohen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diet survey, part of a huge federal health survey of every state, is based on responses from 305,000 adults in 2005. It indicates the country is only about halfway toward meeting its healthy eating goal three years from now.

"We're really concerned with the lack of success in meeting these national goals," said Cohen, who works in CDC's nutrition and physical activity division.

Although the rate of fruit and vegetable consumption has remained unchanged since 1994, health officials said the goal is still within reach.

"We have more work to do over the next few years," said spokeswoman Rachel Ciccarone.

Specifically the survey showed that 27 percent of adults ate vegetables three times a day, and about 33 percent ate fruit twice a day. A serving size is a half-cup for most fruits and vegetables, one cup for leafy greens.

Senior citizens were more likely than others to follow Mom's advice to eat more veggies, with slightly more than a third of that group eating three or more servings each day. Younger adults, age 18 to 24, ate the fewest vegetables. Nearly four-fifths of that age category scraped the veggies to the side of their plates -- if they had vegetables on the plate at all.

Likewise, seniors also ate the most fruit, with nearly 46 percent eating two or more servings of fruit daily. People age 35 to 44 ate fruit the least, with fewer than 28 percent eating the recommended amount of fruit each day.

The federal agency said it doesn't know why people aren't eating more veggies or fruits. Cohen said future surveys will ask people what other foods they are eating.

Susan Krause, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said people are eating more refined sugars or choosing protein instead of fruits and vegetables.

"There's so much information out there and people get very confused. When they're looking at protein, they feel that's the solution when they're not looking at long-term health benefits," she said. "There's so many fabricated foods now and people are looking at convenience."

Not only are fruits and vegetables lower-calorie, they also have minerals and fiber that help guard against chronic diseases and cancer, the CDC says.

The survey relied on people to report what they were eating. Telephone questioners asked how often they consumed fruit juice, fruit and vegetables. Although Hispanics ate the most fruits (37 percent) compared with blacks and whites, they ate the fewest vegetables, (about 20 percent). Whites, in contrast, ate the fewest fruits (31 percent) but the most veggies (28 percent).

Cohen said the CDC has been working on family and community programs to get more people to eat their veggies. The agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get more fresh produce into schools.

Krause said health officials should offer people simple options for getting fruits and vegetables in their diets, such as easy recipes in cooking classes and fruit smoothies or shakes in schools.

[font="Times New Roman"]"If that's a way of getting it in, at least it's in the right direction," she said. "Certainly (whole) fruit is a better choice, but that could be the next alternative."


Looking Ahead Written by Administrator Friday, 16 March 2007 <H1 class=firstHeading>Food sovereignty:</H1>"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems."

<H1 class=firstHeading>Urban agriculture:</H1>Urban agriculture is an industry located within (intra-urban) or on the fringe (peri-urban) of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows and raises, processes and distributes a diversity of food and non-food products, (re-) using largely human and natural resources*, products and services found in and around that urban area, and in turn supplying human and material resources, products and services largely to that urban area. (* Natural resources refer to soil, water, genetics, air and solar energy.)

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<H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Americans Still Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">Thursday , March 15, 2007</H1><H1 style="MARGIN: auto 0in">[/color]</H1>[color="#000000"]ATLANTA — Fewer than a third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, a trend that's remained steady for more than a decade, health officials said Thursday.

[/font] That's "well below" the government's goal of getting 75 percent of Americans to eat two servings of fruits and having half of the population consume three servings of vegetables each day by 2010, said Dr. Larry Cohen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The diet survey, part of a huge federal health survey of every state, is based on responses from 305,000 adults in 2005. It indicates the country is only about halfway toward meeting its healthy eating goal three years from now.

"We're really concerned with the lack of success in meeting these national goals," said Cohen, who works in CDC's nutrition and physical activity division.

Although the rate of fruit and vegetable consumption has remained unchanged since 1994, health officials said the goal is still within reach.

"We have more work to do over the next few years," said spokeswoman Rachel Ciccarone.

Specifically the survey showed that 27 percent of adults ate vegetables three times a day, and about 33 percent ate fruit twice a day. A serving size is a half-cup for most fruits and vegetables, one cup for leafy greens.

Senior citizens were more likely than others to follow Mom's advice to eat more veggies, with slightly more than a third of that group eating three or more servings each day. Younger adults, age 18 to 24, ate the fewest vegetables. Nearly four-fifths of that age category scraped the veggies to the side of their plates -- if they had vegetables on the plate at all.

Likewise, seniors also ate the most fruit, with nearly 46 percent eating two or more servings of fruit daily. People age 35 to 44 ate fruit the least, with fewer than 28 percent eating the recommended amount of fruit each day.

The federal agency said it doesn't know why people aren't eating more veggies or fruits. Cohen said future surveys will ask people what other foods they are eating.

Susan Krause, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said people are eating more refined sugars or choosing protein instead of fruits and vegetables.

"There's so much information out there and people get very confused. When they're looking at protein, they feel that's the solution when they're not looking at long-term health benefits," she said. "There's so many fabricated foods now and people are looking at convenience."

Not only are fruits and vegetables lower-calorie, they also have minerals and fiber that help guard against chronic diseases and cancer, the CDC says.

The survey relied on people to report what they were eating. Telephone questioners asked how often they consumed fruit juice, fruit and vegetables. Although Hispanics ate the most fruits (37 percent) compared with blacks and whites, they ate the fewest vegetables, (about 20 percent). Whites, in contrast, ate the fewest fruits (31 percent) but the most veggies (28 percent).

Cohen said the CDC has been working on family and community programs to get more people to eat their veggies. The agency is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get more fresh produce into schools.

Krause said health officials should offer people simple options for getting fruits and vegetables in their diets, such as easy recipes in cooking classes and fruit smoothies or shakes in schools.

[font="Times New Roman"]"If that's a way of getting it in, at least it's in the right direction," she said. "Certainly (whole) fruit is a better choice, but that could be the next alternative."


Looking Ahead Written by Administrator Friday, 16 March 2007 <H1 class=firstHeading>Food sovereignty:</H1>"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems."

<H1 class=firstHeading>Urban agriculture:</H1>Urban agriculture is an industry located within (intra-urban) or on the fringe (peri-urban) of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows and raises, processes and distributes a diversity of food and non-food products, (re-) using largely human and natural resources*, products and services found in and around that urban area, and in turn supplying human and material resources, products and services largely to that urban area. (* Natural resources refer to soil, water, genetics, air and solar energy.)

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Councilperson Perry Has No Problem with Eminent Domain Written by Administrator Wednesday, 21 March 2007 South Central Farmers Action Fund Opinion:

The community would also like to advise the Council person of the 9th district that an Urban Farm would also look good at 41st and Alameda.

If she has no problem with eminent domain for low wages jobs, how about investing some money in the poor people's community? There was a 14 acre food stand that helped the impoverished people of South Central Los Angeles and it did not cost the tax payers a dime.





http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-briefs21.3mar21,1,2314434.story?coll=la-headlines-california
IN BRIEF | LOS ANGELES COUNTY | LOS ANGELES
City to use condemnation powers to buy properties
From Times Staff Reports



March 21, 2007



Despite protests from existing tenants, the City Council decided Tuesday to use condemnation powers to buy properties at 256 S. Main St. and 249 S. Los Angeles St. to build a parking garage and motor-transport yard to serve a new police headquarters building.



A representative for business tenants said the use of condemnation powers was not justified and would add unnecessary costs to the city project.



Councilwoman Jan Perry said an art gallery and food stand on the site would be encouraged to relocate into retail space on the first floor of the parking garage.


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Subject: Reduce inner city congestion!



Dear Councilmember Perry,



Soil! We need more soil. Soil can sustain a food chain, people’s relationship to the earth and environmental health.



Soil needs sunlight and open air. Cars and parking garages do not.



So please entertain this suggestion. Put the parking garage and motor-transport yard at 256 S. Main St. and 249 S. Los Angeles St. underground! Then, start a new Los Angeles community garden on this site! This is a groundbreaking approach: a dual-use, win-win, 21st century, innovative idea. Plus, you came up with it. (I’ll just bask in your glory.) Now, while you’re at it, why don’t you ask your acquaintance, Mr. Horowitz, to consider the same idea. I believe there are 14 acres of soil in your district that are waiting for your enlightening leadership.

By (wishes to remain anonymous)

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Dear southcentral farmers:

I sent an email to city council member Perry and told her how disappointed I was with what happened to the Southcentral farmers last year. I told her that it was shocking that she and others in city hall did little to support this valiant fight.

I suggested the least she could do, if she couldn't support use of eminent domain to support the farmers, she could at least find a suitable plot of land in that district! I've been sick and saddened by such shabby treatment you have received.

I guess it's because you don't represent the big bucks!!!

Kindest regards, Marilyn A. S.

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I was wondering if anyone besides myself noticed the hypocrisy here.

Evidently, eminent domain is an evil encroachment of private property rights when it benefits immigrant families attempting to grow their own food, but it's a-okay when it helps to build a parking garage downtown or to expand a freeway on the Westside. The L.A. Times passionately denounced even the thought of an eminent domain seizure in the first case, but has blithely ignored it in the latter two cases. Why would that possibly be?

P M

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"The Struggles of the South Central Farmers
Guest curator Raoul De la Sota
Photographs by Fernando Flores, Don Normark and Don Rogers;
Paintings by Pola Lopez and Raoul De la Sota;
Floor mandala by Linda Vallejo"

Raoul De la Sota was my art teacher in 2003!!! I'm so excited he did paintings in regard of the South Central Farmers!!! clap2.gif , he is a really good artist. I wish they did it some other day cuz I can't make it that day.

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