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Alaska Food Policy Council:
Spring 2020 Newsletter

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Tips to Reduce Food Waste: US Food and Drug Administration

We can all play a part in reaching the national food waste reduction goal – to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Start using these tips today to reduce food waste, save money, and protect the environment.

*When at the store, buy only what you need and stick to your shopping list. Be careful when buying in bulk, especially with items that have a limited shelf life.

*If available, purchase “ugly” fruits or vegetables that often get left behind at the grocery store but are safe to eat. “Ugly” produce has physical imperfections but are not damaged or rotten. “Ugly” fruits and vegetables are safe and nutritious and can sometimes be found at discounted prices.

*Check your fridge often to keep track of what you have and what needs to be used. Eat or freeze items before you need to throw them away

Visit here for the full list tips for reducing food waste in the home, grocery store, or restaurant!


 
Food Waste Reduction Solutions - ASM Global
Last fall, AFPC started a Food Waste work-group to start looking at ways that we can move the dial on reducing food waste in our state.  As part of this work-group, a priority is to start highlighting some of the great models already in place where Alaska businesses are focusing their efforts to reduce their food waste- either by producing less, strategically using leftovers, donating their leftovers to non-profits, or composting. 

This month we are highlighting the efforts of ASM Global that manages Egan and Dena’ina Centers in Anchorage.  Greg Spears, General Manager provided us with information about their efforts.
Click here for the full story!
The three-day annual conference, subtitled “A New Decade: Innovations in Alaska Agriculture and Food Production”, was held in an eco-friendly two-story secured facility nestled in the woods on the southern end of the BP campus in midtown Anchorage. Click the image above for a recap of the three-day event!

Commercial fisheries report: Alaska salmon reigns as the top finfish in the nation

Alaska produces the overwhelming majority of our nation’s wild salmon landings (more than a third of which comes from the imperiled Bristol Bay region), topping out at just over 650 million pounds of salmon worth $595 million in 2018. That means Alaska salmon alone takes that same spot as the top-value finfish in the nation.



Foundroot, Village Coffee Company win $25,000 each in 2019 Path to Prosperity business development contest


The Alaska Marine Highway shutdown continues to affect food security in many rural coastal communities.

Read more here.

Angoon, pictured here in 2017, is home to about 460 people. (Photo by KCAW Raven Radio)
The 2020 Census started on January 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. This once-a-decade population count determines how much funding our communities receive for local services, provides data that inform businesses that grow our economy, and helps determine our state’s legislative districts.

Why should Alaskans complete the census?

The Census has consequences that all Alaskans will live with for the next 10 years. Join us to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census and help ensure a complete and accurate count of all Alaskans.

During this once-in-a-decade effort to count the U.S. population, the United States Census Bureau calculates a participation rate for each area, or the percentage of questionnaires mailed back by households that received them. In 2010, Alaska had the lowest participation rate in the nation at 64 percent. Thinking about it another way, that means over one-third of Alaskans DID NOT respond upon the Census Bureau’s first invitation to participate.

A similar undercount of our state in 2020 means Alaska will not receive its full share of federal funding for the following 10 years. In the face of increasing state and local budget constraints, we cannot afford an undercount in 2020.

26th Annual Empty Bowl Project

March 14, 2020, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center

A family-friendly fundraiser for Bean's Cafe and The Children's Lunchbox presented by ConocoPhillips Alaska

To purchase tickets and see all event details
visit here
Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Contact: adeardorff@beanscafe.org or call 907.433.8608




 
Join market organizers, vendors, and supporters from around the state for a weekend devoted to growing your farmers market! Share ideas, develop new skills and strengthen your support network.

Visit AFMA's Conference Page for More Information
The DEC Food Safety and Sanitation Program is hosting a free Alaska Food Entrepreneur- Food Safety and Business Conference targeting small food manufacturers in Alaska on April 6 & 7, 2020 at the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation conference rooms in Anchorage. If you have a food manufacturing business, interested in starting one, or you work with food manufacturers- this conference will beneficial to you.
 
The conference will provide training on multiple food safety and business topics including:
  • Recalls Plans
  • Sanitation
  • Effective Use of chemicals
  • Controls for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat products
  • Preventive Controls
  • Pest Control
  • Funding Your Food Business
  • Resources for Food Businesses
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Claudia Coles, Seafood Products Association, Executive Director
  • Virginia Ng, Seafood Products Association, Director of Regulations and Food Processing
  • John Boyce, Wesmar Company, Area Manager
  • Dr. Sarah Coburn, Office of the State Veterinarian- Produce Safety and Dairy Programs
  • Ryan Wiswesser, Chugach Chocolates / Alaska Food Policy Council
  • Rachael Miller, Alaska Pacific University/ Alaska Food Policy Council
  • Allan Carraway, Alaska Small Business Development Center- Anchorage Office 

Please contact Lorinda Lhotka to get more information and to register for the conference: lorinda.lhotka@alaska.gov or 907-451-2119
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