A little Sunday reading for you: interesting and important Food News from across the web.
SEEDERS, FEEDERS & EATERS
How a national food policy could save millions of American lives [The Washington Post] – In an open letter to The Washington Post, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter call on President Obama to implement a national food policy. What does that actually mean? Investing resources to guarantee farm policies, fair wages for farm workers, greater transparency in food marketing and production and access to clean and healthy food for all.
They make a strong case giving Brazil as a sample: “Brazil has had a national food policy since 2004. In the city of Belo Horizonte that policy — coupled with an investment of 2 percent of the local budget in food-access and farmer-support programs — has reduced poverty by 25 percent and child mortality by 60 percent, and provided access to credit for 2 million farmers, all within a decade.”
Immigration reform: Farmworkers, agribusiness feel left out [SF Chronicle] – Last Thursday Barack Obama issued an executive order on Immigration reform that will protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. His “common-sense, middle-ground approach” will protect undocumented immigrants who are parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents and allow them to live and work in the country for three years.
The plan also makes it easier for foreign workers trained in high-tech fields to enter and stay in the country. However, there is nothing that specifically applies to undocumented farmworkers, a group that makes up a large portion of the undocumented immigrants in this country.
Food Chains Documentary Released [Food Chains] – A timely release considering the President’s address on Immigration reform, Food Chains debuted on November 21. The film “reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets”. It primarily focuses on the story and efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), whose “Fair Food Program” have made a huge difference for tomato pickers and farm workers in Southern Florida. The film is produced by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Eva Langoria and narrated by Forest Whitaker. Many of the first screenings across the country were sold out and the film has been getting great reviews. Find out where you can see Food Chains.
2014 Eater Awards [Eater] – Eater’s annual awards results are out. They held city-wide popularity contests (based on public voting) in categories such as “Chef of the Year”, “So Hot Right Now”, “Best New Bar” and “Restaurant of the Year” from November 10 to 14. Eater staff ultimately decides the winner of each category and the names national winners.
Some notable winners:
National Restaurant of the Year: Odd Duck, Austin.
Twitter Personality of the Year: Roy Choi
Tightest Instagram Game: Rick Bayless
Recount of votes on GMO Measure 92 [The Oregonian] – Since the election on November 4, Oregon still hasn’t got a straight answer on Measure 92 which would require mandatory labeling of all products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The results are painfully close, currently 752,163 (49.96%) for the Yes and 753,239 (50.04%) for the No. The state isn’t required to certify the results until Dec 4, but they’re expecting to declare the recount if necessary by about December 1. Measure 92 was the spendiest in Oregon’s history, with $5.4 million raised for the Yes on 92 campaign and $10.725 million for the No on 92 Coalition, a figure that was pushed over the top with $700,000 donations from Coca-Cola.