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The Future of Food Is Now
From drones to cricket flour to apps designed to make food deserts extinct, social justice is at the intersection of food and technology
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...Smith, who will talk on "Pixels, Plows & Personas: The UX of Food Deserts," developed the Aisle Won app, which is designed to connect people in food deserts with fresh, healthy food. The app, which was unveiled at SXSW Interactive last year, emerged from Smith's research into the demographics of mobile technology adaptation, but not without a few false starts...."

SXSW Panels: Woke Food
SXSW food track navigates contemporary food systems
DAILY Food  March 14, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...She was interested in exploring this connection, but the resources she wanted didn’t exist. Stay Hungry works within urban food deserts to organize cooking competitions for young people inspired by hip hop beefs, each team of young people mentored by a chef/coach who helps them plan a meal and go head to head with a rival team..."

City Council: Spring Break Is Here
Council will return for a work session March 22
News Story  March 10, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Plans for future food policy came in Item 20, directing City Manager Marc Ott to start developing policy recommendations on food access, and to make it part of the remit of the new Equity Office. Food deserts – areas where there is either no easy access to food, or no easy access to healthy food – have become a growing issue in Austin..."

My SXSW ECO 2012 Experience Wrap Up
Sustainability in food and environment and culture! Oh, my!
DAILY Food  October 6, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...Peasant farmers are forced to “just gamble with agriculture”; they plant what they can, when they can, and hope for the best. In contrast, the panel discussed the American crisis in food culture given the bleak realities of food deserts and mounting environmental and economic hardships related to commercial food processes...."

Feed Your Belly and Your Brain!
SXSW Eco preview: Food & Agriculture
Food Story  September 28, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...A Secure Oasis in the Food Desert? Fred Haberman examines the issue of availability of good, sustainable food in different pockets, or deserts, of America – and how community concepts improve food security...."

Austin's Sustainable Secret
Student-founded Green Is the New Black makes renewable energy at Huston-Tillotson
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Nora Ankrum
"...Beyond being affordable and green, bikes have the less obvious benefit of expanding food access for students in an area of town long beleaguered by a combination of factors common to food deserts – few grocery stores, an abundance of fast food, and low-income residents without independent means of transportation. On HT grounds, there are no dining options beyond the campus cafeteria ("other than the Honey Buns in your room," says Erazo)..."

Sturgeon's Revelation
Beating the music business odds at SXSW
Music Story  March 4, 2011, by Melanie Haupt
"...The fact that many music venues are situated in food deserts devoid of anything approximating a fresh vegetable presents a challenge as well...."

Plight in Flight
Can Austin save the migratory monarch by planting pit-stop snacks?
Food Story  February 7, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...Talk of food deserts and kinks in the food chain rarely include mention of the state insect of Texas. Yet the rapidly declining population of migratory monarch butterflies, iconic symbols of transformation, demonstrates the fragility of the global agricultural and food systems..."

HOPE Rolls Out Bike-Powered Farm Stand
Farmers market takes its act on the road
News Story  May 8, 2014, by Nora Ankrum
"...Increasingly, farmers' markets are stepping in to fill this nutritional gap, which is one reason why East Austin – not the only area with the most food deserts in urban Travis County, but probably its most visible – has attracted so many farmers' markets in the last few years. Sunday markets have cropped up at both the Mueller Develop­ment (Texas Farmers Market) and Plaza Saltillo (HOPE Farmers Market)..."

Public Notice: Too Tired to Be Grumpy
It's time to enjoy yourself – spring break (and SXSW) are nearly here!
News Column  March 3, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...This election week, and the upcoming SXSW, have left me too distracted to be properly indignant about whatever heinous activities our elected officials may be up to. And anyway, as I noted last week, City Coun­cil cleared its decks of a number of long-running issues over the last several meetings, and while some new initiatives are in the works – see "Playback" for a look at Mayor Steve Adler's music industry plans; see today's press conference for an unveiling of CM Delia Garza's push for sustainable food and against food deserts – those and bigger issues like transportation and land-use planning remain in the very early, aspirational stages..."

Council Preview: Pilot Knob Returns
Debate over how to pay for affordable housing continues
News Story  March 3, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...Other items on the agenda include the mayor's resolution to protect the city's "music and creative ecosystem" (Item 19; for more on that, see "Playback," Mar. 4), CM Delia Garza's resolution to improve food access in the city's food deserts (Item 20), and second and third readings of the proposed amendments to the small lot amnesty ordinance (Item 36; see "Public Notice: Amnesty Now!" Feb..."

Salud de Paloma Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Hill Country EVOO purveyor targets Texas Hispanics in quest for healthier fats
Food Story  April 5, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...Probably the most noticeable difference between Salud de Paloma and other local EVOOs is the price: Salud de Paloma sells for a mere $7.99 a bottle when bought at the HOPE Farmers Market or San Antonio Food Bank. "We are definitely targeting modest income families and families living in food deserts," says Valdez..."

A Neighborly Cause
Postmarks  November 6, 2016
"...Why not work with Austin Community College to expand its campus to new locations, and provide adult education classes to underserved communities? Instead of investing in public housing, we should be spending our tax dollars on successful programs like Section 8 vouchers and having a comprehensive citywide rental registration program. We could also fight sprawl by transforming our urban prairies into public parks, or shopping centers in food deserts. Large- and small-scale improvements in our poor neighborhoods is a better long-term strategy than demolishing the structures we want to preserve..."

Meet the Candidates for City Council
Five incumbents fight for their seats at the dais
News Story  August 18, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...The Incumbent: Delia GarzaExperience: Former Austin firefighter and assistant state's attorney general Issues: Proponent of gender equality and women's health, increasing affordability, fair labor practices, eliminating food deserts, and advancing health & human services Treasurer: Martha Cotera Filed: 5/12/16 Facebook: www.fb.com/deliagarzadistrict2 Twitter: @DGarzaforD2..."

Give and Let Live
Cause-driven film festival Lights. Camera. Help. hits the sweet spot between heart, mind, and action
Screens Story  August 9, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...The fingerprints of the capital city can be found throughout many of the films, including local nonprofits (the Austin Children's Shelter in "Transforming Lives" and I Live Here, I Give Here in "Amplify Austin"), music by Shakey Graves and Dana Falconberry, and scenes shot around town. Other films shine light on work that's physically a little further from home but emotionally right up the alley of Austin activists: planting fruit trees in school yards situated in food deserts ("Let's Get Real"), creating vertical bricks of oyster larvae to slow receding shorelines ("Coastal Erosion Restoration"), advocating for legislation to protect sex workers ("Advocacy in Albany: No Condoms as Evidence"), healing through art ("Learning Photography in Haiti"), enhancing urban afterschool programs ("This Is Renzi"), and supporting elderly dementia patients ("Community Report: Health – Greater Twin Cities United Way")..."

Chewing Up the Scenery
Last thoughts on Planet Earth
Screens Story  May 25, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"..."Made it!" says Attenborough, a teary pride swelling. In "Deserts": "When resources are limited, conflict is never far away," he says, his voice lowering to an urgent whisper as if he's standing a foot away from the action: "These are Nubian ibices, and they are squaring up for a duel."..."

Happy Trails
Thirteen of Texas' Hill Country wineries, all within an easy drive of Austin, are uniting to create a two-day Valentine's celebration of love and wine February 12-13 in the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. Wes Marshall provides the details on the participating wineries.
Food Story  February 11, 2000, by Wes Marshall
"...They sell a huge variety of wines and are anxious to have you taste all of them. During the Valentine's weekend, they will have roses for the ladies plus various foods and lots of deserts..."

Fantastic Fest Gives Us the Horns
Daniel Radcliffe's latest heads up final wave of films
DAILY Screens  September 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...No Man's Land China, 2009, Texas Premiere, 114 min D: Ning Hao A city lawyer fights for his life in the cutthroat deserts of contemporary China in Ning Hao's Coen-esque follow-up to Crazy Racer, which was banned for four years...."

'The Happy Poet' Hits Stateside
There's something sweet about this veggie stand
DAILY Screens  May 6, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...So there you go: That's a full serving of just deserts with icing on the cake and a cherry on top for this "stealthy, sweet" film, which is so saccharine it's probably given your cavities cavities, which means you're all set for an "all-organic, mostly vegetarian" food stand that is the central part of the film...."

Letters at 3AM: 'Ever Ride the Waves in Oklahoma?'
"Route 66" spoke to the sense of change afoot in America
Columns  June 1, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...Route 66 was shot on location (interiors as well as exteriors) from the fall of 1960 to the spring of 1964 – years that were arguably the apex of American power. Using locals as extras, in their natural garb, the show filmed across the USA: in cities, villages, mountains, and deserts – probably without meaning to, Route 66 created an unparalleled visual historical record...."

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