Interesting and important Food News from around the web for Seeders, Feeders & Eaters.
News for SEEDERS
6 Things Tom Philpott of Mother Earth News Would Ask the Presidential Candidates [Mother Earth News] – Unfortunately, agriculture and food policy is not a focus of the current presidential candidates, let alone a topic of conversation. If farmer and writer Tom Philpott had the opportunity he would ask the candidates some important questions like: How would you act to improve wages and working conditions for the people who feed us? and How would your administration respond to California’s declining water resources in the context of its central position in our food system? Food Tank also published a great list of points to address with the candidates. So how are we actually going to get answers to these important issues?
Organic Meat & Milk is Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids [NY Times] – A recent study published in the The British Journal of Nutrition and funded by the European Commission and a British charity that support organic farming research, says that good fatty acids (like omega-3) are found in significantly higher levels in organic milk and meat. This comes down to the fact the animals spend more time outside, grazing and not being fattened up entirely on grain. How does this translate to health benefits of eating organic? That’s the next question the scientists will attempt to address.
FDA to Start Testing Glyphosate in Foods [Civil Eats] – Last year glyphosate, a residue of the world’s most widely used agricultural pesticide, was declared a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. So shouldn’t we know how much of it is in our food? Until this point both the FDA and the USDA have claimed the testing to be too expensive and unnecessary to protect public health. One should mention that glyphosate is the active ingredient it’s Monsanto’s Roundup and that the company brings in about $5 billion annually in revenue from the product. I have a feeling that’s the only reason it’s a
“sensitive” subject for the FDA.
News for FEEDERS
2016 James Beard Restaurant & Chef Award Semifinalists [JamesBeard.org] – Last week the James Beard Foundation released their “long list” of semifinalists for the 2016 Restaurant & Chef Awards. Finalists will be announced on March 15 and the awards will be held in Chicago, for the second year, on May 2.
Delta in Alliance with Danny Meyer Aims to Elevate Airline Food [NY Times] – As elevating fast-casual food becomes an interest of the country’s top chefs, Danny Meyer is taking it to the sky, tackling the menu on Delta Airlines. An interesting endeavor considering Mr Meyer said “If someone had told me a few years ago that we’d be serving our food on an airline, I would have said over my dead body.”
Tom Colicchio’s Petition against the Dark Act [Food Policy Action] – Chef Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants and Bravo’s Top Chef wants chefs to take a stance on GMO labelling. Through FoodPolicyAction.com, Colicchio is calling for chefs to sign a petition that opposes the Senate’s latest bill that will set voluntary GMO labelling laws and prevent states from passing their own, stricter laws (like Vermont law that goes into effect on July 1). On the petition: As chefs, we have a fundamental right to know what’s in the food we cook and serve to our customers. We urge you to reject any attempt to prevent the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. Considering the major food companies that are lobbying Congress, opposition to the DARK Act is going to need all the help it can get. p.s. DARK stands for “Denying American’s Right to Know”
News for EATERS
Michael Pollan Cooked [Civil Eats] – Michael Pollan’s doing TV, well Netflix at least. The 4-part documentary series is based on his book Cooked, with each episode focusing on a different element: earth, air, water, and fire, and the role they play in cooking. Throughout the series Pollan cooks with a speaks to a Connecticut nun, a cookbook author and teacher, an Australian aboriginal woman and an anthropologist, among other people, demonstrating a deep history in food and that through food and cooking everyone is connected. We can’t wait to check it out.
World’s First Vegan Supermarket chain to open in Portland [EcoWatch] – A German-based vegan supermarket chain, Veganz, is set to open its first US outpost in Portland later this year. Currently, there are more than 10 branches across Europe, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Cologne, Prague and Vienna. The chain imports vegan goods from over 30 different countries and offers over 6000 products in their stores. While vegans only make up about 6% of the US population, the founder estimates that 80% of their current customers aren’t even vegan, so they’re clearly appealing to a much wider audience. If a store like this was going to do well in the US, Portland is probably a good place to start.