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By: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 00:07 CELEBRATION: Community harvests make the Food Day events. (Photo: shawnshreiner/Flickr) Several areas around Tucson recently joined forces to celebrate Food Day , a national event designed to promote local and sustainable agriculture and to bring communities together in support of healthy, affordable food. The idea of Food Day is to inspire a renewed appreciation for local food systems and is planned to occur every Oct. 24. If this sounds like the type of event that makes your mouth water for tasty, local foods, then we have something in common. Food day originated from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit group out of Washington, D.C., working to support smaller U.S. communities wrestling with food insecurity and health disparities. Many of the Food Day events celebrated across Tucson were affiliated with campus communities, NGOs, wellness projects, local schools and cafeterias. Some of the events included University of Arizona Food Day, Mesquite Eat, Killer Food Controversies, Well University Partnership, Forks Over Knives, Garden Food Giveaway and the Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner, among many others. My Food Day plans involved making reservations to attend a nutrition presentation, food demonstration and National Food Day dinner put on by Canyon Ranch Resort. However, most of these events ended up being canceled or made available only to paying guests, so my Food Day experience quickly turned into a food day hash. Partly because i was unwilling to splurge for an overrated dinner but also because the place was preoccupied with business when they really needed the full day dedicated to a Food Day celebration. These events typically provide a place for people to gather, learn about sustainable food practices, sample delicious local food dishes and meet new foodie friends. In addition, Food Day is intended to reconnect communities, and with 90 percent of Americans choosing to source foods from grocery markets, there is a growing push for large food retailers to collaborate with community food producers that provide a substantial amount of healthy produce often lacking from local grocery food markets. So if like me, you were unable to partipicate in a Food Day celebration this year, give it a go next year.

Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests

It currently has 351 stores spread throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K. Whole Foods is also planning to take its store count to 1,000 in the U.S, which would be around three times its current store presence. Thus, it is not surprising that analysts estimate Whole Foods’ earnings to grow at a CAGR of 19% over the next five years, while the overall industry’s earnings are expected to grow at 15% over the same time frame. Valuation 14.70% Source: Yahoo! Finance All three stocks appear expensive on a trailing P/E basis. However, all three companies expect to grow rapidly and that’s why the forward P/E comes down substantially. It’s important to understand that each company’s expected earnings growth over the next five years could increase in the future because of the opportunity in the organic food market. Conclusion There is substantial opportunity in the organic-food market and these three companies have done really well so far to capitalize on that. Going forward, their different strategies should help them establish their position further and deliver even greater returns to shareholders. Returns are closer than you think Profiting from our increasingly global economy can be as easy as investing in your own backyard. The Motley Fool’s free report ” 3 American Companies Set to Dominate the World ” shows you how. Click here to get your free copy before it’s gone. ANUP SINGH has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Hain Celestial and Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of Hain Celestial and Whole Foods Market.

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(SAFM) , and McDonalds Corp. (MCD) , the worlds largest restaurant chain, are among companies that dont plan to import processed chicken from China, according to company officials. Stronger Safeguards That hasnt stopped Democrats in Congress, including Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, from seeking assurances from the USDA that food supplies will be safe. New Yorks Schumer has asked for additional audits of Chinese plants and more inspections of U.S. meat imports. There is precedent for an accord for China to process U.S. food items. The U.S. currently allows shrimp to be sent to China for processing, including breading, Theresa Eisenman, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. The U.S. last year imported $1.9 billion worth of seafood from China — far more than any other food product, according to Census Bureau data.