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Super Bowl XLVI will be the first to serve organic concessions

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home to Super Bowl XLVI, 2012, featuring the New England Patriots versus the New York Giants.

The NFL is really serious about making Super Bowl XLVI the greenest one in history. In addition to the already robust “1st & Green” program happening all over Indianapolis right now, it has been announced that HOMEGROWN Concessions will be taking their organic chili to the big game, a Super Bowl first.

HOMEGROWN Concessions are a division of Farm Aid, the famous nonprofit organization dedicated to the American farmer. They’ve teamed up with Centerplate (the officially culinary hosts of the game) to offer HOMEGROWN’s chili among concessions sold at Super Bowl XLVI.

"Farm Aid knows family farmers. Our mission is to make sure you do, too," said singer and Indiana native John Mellencamp in a press release. "Farm Aid is introducing football fans to family farmers by serving HOMEGROWN Chili at the Super Bowl. It's good food from family farms, including some from right here in Indiana."

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Find sustainable food near you with new online directory

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In a city like Los Angeles, stereotypes say finding organic and sustainable food sources is as easy as going outside. The reality is hardly so simple, although it just got much easier thanks to FarmPlate.

The online directory catalogs more than 40,000 businesses nationwide that subscribe to sustainable and eco-conscious practices. Local, ethical, hand crafted — FarmPlate brings together farmers, artisans, restaurants and markets together into one easily searchable database and community.

"I've learned first-hand about the value of having access to locally produced food,” states Courtney Hurley Piersen, FarmPlate’s chief operating officer on the website. “I believe FarmPlate will play a unique role in expanding that access to consumers across the country.”

Supporting sustainable business is a large part of FarmPlate’s focus, as the site also works to help promote local businesses to potential customers, and is continually growing their database with new entries.  

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