Some interesting and important Food News from around the web.
News for SEEDERS
Nan McEvoy 1919-2015, a pioneer of the presses [SF Chronicle] – Nan McEvoy, journalist, activist and founder of McEvoy Ranch, passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Nan is the granddaughter of MH de Young, who founded the San Francisco Chronicle. In the early 1990s she purchased a 550 acre ranch in West Marin and started the country’s premier olive oil ranch at the age of 71. Nan said it best to Marin Magazine on the similarities between the newspaper and farming: “It doesn’t matter what you do, you have to do it well and be the very best. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Portland considering banning certain insecticides on city property [The Oregonian] – Portland’s City council will take a vote on April 1 to pass a ban on the use of a certain class of insecticide on city-owned property. Neonicotinoids, which is a wide-ranging class of insecticides, have been shown to pose a significant risk on pollinators. After a public hearing on Wednesday it seems very likely that the proposal will pass.
News for FEEDERS
How do you keep Julia Child’s legacy alive? Pay it forward. [The Washington Post] – This August 2015, around the time of Julia Child’s 103rd birthday, a special committee will announce the first ever winner of the Julia Child Award. The winner will be selected for their culinary work being distinctly Julia-like: “This culinary leader must be an educator, a skilled communicator, a mentor and an innovator, someone who’s charting a gastronomic course to greatness and bringing the American public along. He or she must be known for integrity and must be someone who breaks down cultural barriers and changes the way Americans approach food and drink.” They will be awarded $50,000 from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts to pay forward to a food-related nonprofit group.
The Complete 2015 JBF Award Nominees [James Beard Foundation] – Earlier this week the short-list of James Beard Foundation Awards “the Oscars of Food” nominees, were announced. Book, Broadcast, and Journalism awards will be given out on April 24 in New York’s Chelsea Piers while the main gala will be held on May 4 at Lyric Opera in Chicago. It is the first time the awards are being held outside of New York.
News for EATERS
California’s About to Run Out of Water. We Have to Act Now. [Wired] – We’ve been reading about the California Drought and it’s impact on farms and residents for some time now. It’s always sounded scary, but not as scary as when a Nasa scientist wrote this op-ed in the LA Times saying that the state only has one year of water left. Wired reassures us that the faucets won’t actually run dry in one year, but we do have to start acting seriously as it’s not that far off.
Pickle butts and dog food: Chef Dan Barber shows off waste [SF Gate] – Dan Barber of Blue Hill Restaurant in NY and author of The Third Plate has been shaking things up this month and bringing a new kind of attention to food waste with his wastED pop-up. Running the last two weeks of March in his West Village restaurant, the menu highlights foods and ingredients that would usually be considered scrap and go unused: from monkfish wings and beef tallow to vegetable peelings and spent grain. Each night also features a dish from a guest chef such as April Bloomfield, Danny Bowein or Sean Brock.
The Navajo Nation Will Soon Have the Country’s First-Ever Junk-Food Tax [Mother Jones] – Starting April 1, The Navajo Nation will implement the Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, which imposes a 2% sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with “minimal-to-no-nutritional value” sold within the borders of the nation’s largest reservation. The tribe currently experiences some of the worst health outcomes in the country with high rates of Type-2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It is the first “junk-food tax” in the US and is expected to generate about $1 million a year to go towards wellness programs & infrastructure for the Navajo Nation’s 300,000 members.