Interesting and important Food News from around the web for Seeders, Feeders & Eaters.
News for SEEDERS
USDA’s New Farmers Web Tool Provides Resources, Training for Farmers of All Kinds [FoodTank] – USDA just launched a new web tool that targets new farmers, women, veterans and farmers in transition. The discovery tool asks a series of questions and points users to a variety of resources including business planning, loan programs, news links and livestock data.
Massive El Niño gains strength, likely to drench key California drought zone [LA Times] – An LA Times reporter talks to Matthew Rosencrans, head of operations for the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center about what to expect from this winter’s El Nino and how the rains will affect California’s drought.
Why North America’s Youth Must Rescue Farming [The Atlantic] – This artistic and thoughtful video was filmed on a roadtrip through the Pacific Northwest, visiting young farmers in their fields and hearing their experiences and thoughts on the state of farming in North America. “Age of the Farmer”, directed and edited by Spencer MacDonald and produced by Eva Verbeeck, was featured as one of Vimeo’s staff picks and an Editor’s Pick by The Atlantic.
“Sometimes you think ‘oh everyone’s getting into farming, it’s the cool thing to do now’. But in actuality, that’s not true, NO ONE is getting into farming”
– from “Age of the Farmer”, a short film on young farmers in North America
News for FEEDERS
A Look Back At 30 Years Of Union Square Cafe [Gothamist] – Danny Meyer’s flagship restaurant, Union Square Cafe closed its doors after 30 years of service last Saturday. An expired lease and rent increase is forcing the landmark restaurant to relocate to Park Ave and 19th St. Gothamist takes us back in time with menus from the 80s and 90s and highlighting Meyers’ trend-setting principals.
Sourcing Food Ethically is a Huge Challenge for My Startup [Fast Company] – Mark Bittman laments his challenges with finding high quality, responsibly/sustainably/domestically sourced and grown ingredients for his vegan food delivery company The Purple Carrot.
News for EATERS
Chuck Williams, Founder of Williams-Sonoma, Dies at 100 [NY Times] – Two months after his 100th birthday, the founder of Williams-Sonoma passed away in his San Francisco home. Since opening in 1956 as a small French kitchenware shop in Sonoma, CA, Williams-Sonoma has grown to over 600 stores and $4.7 billion in net revenue.
You Need to Know: The Sustainable Issues of Serving Tuna [Huffington Post] – Author of one of our favorite books of 2015, Eve Turow reports on the shocking state of tuna: deadly bycatch, human trafficking and fishing to near extinction.
Napa Valley is now a Trademarked Name [Inside Scoop SF] – After 5 years of negotiating with local wine brands, the Napa Valley becomes the first American Viticulture Area (AVA) to be trademarked.