Trends & Activism
Childhood obesity becomes factor in custody battles as parents' awareness grows on health problems, costs associated with fast food diet, sedentary lifestyle
By Ashby Jones and Shirley S. Wang
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-10-29
Movement to make business heads, politicos liable for environmental destruction gains global momentum; campaigners say ecocide on par with other crimes against humanity
By Joe Jackson
Time magazine 2011-10-24
In Big Fix report on food system, researcher argues for folding good ideas into conventional system if they increase supply, reduce environmental damage, improve food security
By Justin Gillis
The New York Times 2011-10-12
Looking to capture the feeling of warmth and tenderness he hopes diners get from eating his desserts, pastry chef creates perfumes that capture those sweet aromas
By Lisa Abend
Time magazine 2011-09-24
In Oilsprings, a new version of popular game Settlers of Catan, players compete for classic resources of grain, lumber, ore, wool, brick and grain, plus new commodity: oil
By Umair Irfan
ClimateWire; The New York Times 2011-09-06
Opinion: Philanthropic retailers could take cue from Kellogg, Walmart foundations and back farmers' market organizations, food access/food justice nonprofits
By Michel Nischan
The Atlantic 2011-09-27
Opinion: When killing animals for food, scale, density of production severs the emotional bond between farmers and animals - essential for factory farming
By James E. McWilliams
The Atlantic 2011-08-24
Preliminary research from USDA shows that many vegetables have lost significant amounts of nutritional value since 1950s; scientist blames selective breeding
By Natalie Jones
As NJ Governor Chris Christie experiences breathing troubles that force hospital stay, focus turns to notion that obesity precedes, predicts asthma
By Eryn Brown
Los Angeles Times 2011-07-28
Pastafarian - and member of Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted, US-based faith - wins right to wear colander on head in driver's license photo
Policy makers underestimate economic impacts of GHG emissions - not $21 per ton, but closer to $900 per ton - costing nation up to $5.3 trillion annually, reports suggest
By Douglas Fischer
Daily Climate 2011-07-13
Regenerative ag could return 13 percent of today's CO2 to soil, researcher says; some ranchers, farmers employ composting, year-'round plantings, tillage reduction, plant diversity
By Kristin Ohlson
Discover magazine 2011-06-30
Feds could begin battling obesity with financial policies that make healthy foods cost less, by changing agricultural subsidies, and by restricting marketing, says expert
By Melissa Healy
Los Angeles Times 2011-07-07
Study suggests that memory is like streaming video that is bookmarked, both consciously and subconsciously, by facts and scenes, even the taste of a particular cookie
By Benedict Carey
The New York Times 2011-07-05
Work out a few equations, and anyone can calculate the amount of ice needed to cool a can of soda or beer
By Rhett Allain
Opinion: "Stoveman," a reality cooking show with deeper meaning, documents business aimed at providing efficient rocket stoves to poor households in struggling places
By Andrew C. Revkin
The New York Times 2011-06-27
Increasing demand for biofuels made from grains, sugar, vegetable oil, cassava means that tightness in one crop market translates to tightness in others, driving food prices up
By Tim Searchinger
Scientific American 2011-06-16
New coalition of hunting, fishing enthusiasts emerges as force in debate over natural gas drilling; collectively they have more than 60,000 members over Marcellus Shale
By Kevin Begos
The Associated Press; San Francisco Chronicle 2011-06-25
World's top three favorite foods are pasta, meat and rice; in U.S., it's pizza, steak, and chicken, and in Pakistan, it's vegetables - showing degree that Western diet has spread
By Alexandra Silver
Time magazine 2011-06-16
Hackers working for U.K. intelligence agency MI6 modify online al-Qaeda magazine, replacing bomb recipes with with those from cupcakes from Ellen Degeneres Show
By Elizabeth Flock
The Washington Post 2011-06-03
Indian police use tear gas, canes to drive away tens of thousands of people on hunger strike against corruption in New Delhi, detain guru who led massive nationwide protest
By Rama Lakshmi
The Washington Post 2011-06-05
To reach those in need of food aid, UN turns to cell phones; more than 379 million in Africa, world's poorest continent, were cell-phone users as of 2009
By Joshua E. Keating
Foreign Policy 2011-05-01
Areas of brain that interpret sense of taste may also provide representation of oral textures in mouth; study could open field for design of foods that mimic mouthfeel of fat
By Nathan Gray
Foodnavigator.com /Decision News Media 2011-05-02
Immediate high-protein feeding reduces severity of traumatic brain injury, improves chances of survival; in U.S., 1.5 million go to emergency rooms with head injuries annually
By Shirley S. Wang
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-04-21
As landfills become increasingly full, diverting food waste - 14 percent of municipal trash - becomes growth industry for composting companies, benefiting gardeners, soil
By Georgina Gustin
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2011-04-11
New $3 iPhone app analyzes calorie range of meals by photos matched to database of 500,000 food items; company head suggests using it as food diary
By Bernd Debusmann Jr.
Opinion: Free-range animal agriculture, in which we kill animals for our benefit, often celebrated as common good by food writers while vegans cast as against consumer choice
By James E. McWilliams
The Atlantic magazine 2011-04-08
Shortage of approved slaughterhouses hobbles eat-local movement; nationwide, industry has consolidated into facilities where thousands of cattle can be fed, killed, butchered daily
By David Ferry
The New York Times 2011-04-07
Shortage of approved slaughterhouses hobbles eat-local movement; nationwide, industry has consolidated into facilities where thousands of cattle can be fed, killed, butchered daily
By David Ferry
The New York Times 2011-04-07
Cooking times set far beyond requirements of science, say authors of "Modernist Cuisine," so is it justifiable to promote those custom-based choices in name of public safety?
By Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Scientific American 2011-03-13
Farmscape, with its raised beds planter system and plant-it, tend-it package for private homes, adapted for schools; vegetable sales to teachers help pay for farmer visits
By Emily Green
Los Angeles Times 2011-03-11
In years past, hungry SXSW attendees have relied on word of mouth, Yelp, Twitter to find grub, but this year, they'll have help from Foodspotting, itself up for an interactive award
By Angela Watercutter
Monitored goat grazing, low-cost and environmentally friendly, becoming a more common practice in restoration and conservation efforts
By Nicole Santa Cruz
Los Angeles Times 2011-03-05
TED Talks draw the powerful and creative; within moments of Jamie Oliver's appearance, a truck and website were donated to help him "educate every child about food" and "empower people everywhere to fight obesity"
By Carole Cadwalladr
The Observer (UK) 2011-03-06
Opinion: Republicans' drive to weaken U.S. environmental protections leaves them little time to mull protecting farmland, wild lands from commercial development seen as essential to nation's health
The New York Times 2011-02-21
Zynga, company that owns addictive video game Farmville, in which people spend real money to buy virtual goods such as seeds to produce crops, valued at more than $7 billion
By Nick Wingfield, Spencer E. Ante and Anupreeta Das
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-02-14
Oil/gas group says "Gasland," with its flaming tap water and reference to 596 chemicals used in fracking, should be ineligible for Oscar in best documentary feature due to errors
By Rebecca Keegan
Los Angeles Times 2011-02-15
Opinion: Food movement aligns consumers, producers, media, politicians and could create political, social and workplace transformation that environmentalists have failed to achieve
By Bryan Walsh
Time magazine 2011-02-15
Books: In the heartbreaking "Hot," Mark Hertsgaard contributes ground-level reporting on climate adaptation efforts around world, lists reasons to act rather than despair
By Wen Stephenson
The New York Times 2011-02-04
Demand for corn, fewer farmers, fuel prices, commodity speculators, and using corn for ethanol contribute to rising food prices at supermarkets
By Tim Parker
Investopedia; San Francisco Chronicle 2011-01-26
New businesses spurred by food safety law requiring that all players in food supply chain maintain digital records of where they bought all processed food and/or produce and where they sent it
By Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2011-01-23
In move that could influence entire grocery industry, Walmart to eliminate industrial trans fats in all packaged food items, cut added sugars in some foods, cut sodium in others
By Ariel Schwartz
Fast Company 2011-01-25
In New Orleans, educational venture and commercial urban farm flourishes in wrecked neighborhood; students grow $2,500 of produce weekly which they sell at farmers' market, restaurants
By Charles Wilson
The New York Times 2011-01-15
As chefs take to streets in bustaurants, those who manufacture catering trucks are rushing to accommodate special requests, which have pulled industry out of recession
By Todd Lappin
The New York Times 2011-01-14
In Asia's upscale restaurants, smaller is better because the simplicity allows focus on the craft, chefs say when aiming for a ratio of close to 1:1, customers to employees
By Amy Ma
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-06
Top nutritional scientists say cutting carbs is key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension; amount of carbs in diet appears to be potent contributor to fat in blood
By Marni Jameson
Los Angeles Times 2010-12-20
In UK, firms whose products have been blamed for increasing obesity will be involved in providing vouchers to families who swap unhealthy habits for healthy ones
By S.A. Mathieson
The Guardian (UK) 2011-01-04
Granite countertop craze has cost U.S. more than first Gulf War, but installer says it's not sustainable to buy it in South America, ship it here, polish it in China, then ship it back
By Stephane Fitch
Forbes magazine 2010-11-23
Indian state of Maharashtra creates vulture restaurant in effort to halt birds' death from eating carcasses of sick farm animals treated with diclofenac, a popular drug
By Hanna Ingber Win
Global Post 2011-01-03
Opinion: As parents, educators, nutritionists and marketers, we have to imbue our children with love of fruits, vegetables - the most beneficial food for growing bodies
By George Ball
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-03
With three dishes - a stir-fry, a chopped salad and a rice-lentil dish - you can leave processed foods behind, creating more healthful, cheaper, tastier food that requires less energy, water and land per calorie
By Mark Bittman
The New York Times 2011-01-02
3D food printer under development at Cornell takes food inks and squirts out something edible; team experimenting with mixing foods with substances that form gels with water
By Lakshmi Sandhana
Externalities - uncounted byproducts of activity - of climate change could aid Africa by counting public goods (clean air and seas) and natural capital (trees, wind, sunshine, water, soil)
By Alex Perry / Archer's Post And Kareygorou
UN concerned about prosecution in China of whistle-blowers highlighting food safety scandals as well as shrinking of arable land - a major threat to self-sufficiency
California appeals court upholds farmer's right to sue pesticide applicator in case of pesticide drift that contaminated organic dill; $1 million award stands as well
By Kurtis Alexander
Santa Cruz Sentinel 2010-12-22
In shift of focus, group launches WeatherBill, an insurance service for farmers; company already sells insurance against nasty weather to clients such as U.S. Open tennis tournament
By Tim Lloyd
Harvest Public Media; The Kansas City Star 2010-12-16
By W.J. Hennigan
Los Angeles Times 2010-12-17
Opinion: PepsiCo acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann dairy is big news for food industry and for American-Russian relations, but WikiLeaks reports corruption, virtual mafia state there
By Guy Montague-Jones
nutraingredients.com/ Decision News Media 2010-12-08
For video contest, Beet Squad aims to rethink fast food with sustainability in mind; with Food Surge, customers pre-pay online for daily meals that restaurateurs agree to make
By Neal Rubin
The Detroit News 2010-12-12
Researchers create "perfumery radar" that plots eight scent families and essential oils of orange, lemon, jasmine and thyme; they see potential in creating "wine radar" as well
The Economist 2010-12-09
Where most ships give icebergs a wide berth, native Newfoundlander sees his fortune to be made by harvesting ice from Greenland fjord, then bottling it as gourmet water
By Andrew Zajac
Chicago Tribune 2010-11-21
In food deserts, Walgreens drugstore chain sees opportunity since urban neighborhoods don't have supermarkets, but pharmacies are well established; CVS, Duane Reade follow
By Rob Walker
The New York Times 2010-11-14
In poll, 9 in 10 agree that food should say on its label if it's from some genetically modified animal or plant; 60 percent say OK to GE vegetables, fruits or grains
By Scott Hensley
National Public Radio/Shots 2010-11-12
Restaurants see business boom with new breed of vegetable lover who appreciates flavor of fresh, seasonal choices lavished with butter, cheese, bread crumbs and deep-fryer
By Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite
New York magazine 2010-11-07
Analysis: Corn-based industrial food system hollowing out rural communities, compromising human health, challenging economies, tainting drinking water, polluting air
By Toby A.A. Heaps
Corporate Knights Magazine (CA) 2010-11-01
Moguls find vegan diet - which sometimes comes along with vegan second wife - a chance to control their own health with same manic id they apply to everything else
By Joel Stein
Bloomberg Businessweek 2010-11-04
Food is about democracy and whether we have role in controlling industrial agriculture or whether we're victims of it, writes Mark Winne in book chronicling food rebels' tales
By Staci Matlock
The New Mexican 2010-10-26
Opinion: Health care system systematically rewards doctors for treatment of disease, not its prevention; healthy eating means variety, minimal processing, moderation
By Marion Nestle
San Francisco Chronicle 2010-09-05
Food waste - from farm to landfill - an expensive problem, with refrigerator design fingered as major culprit by author of new book, "American Wasteland"
By Tara Parker-Pope
The New York Times 2010-11-01
Wary of Wall Street, more wealthy Americans, private funds, foreigners invest in parcels of cornfields, fruit orchards and other domestic agricultural products
By P.J. Huffstutter
Los Angeles Times 2010-09-19
Former Microsoft exec nears publication of "Modernist Cuisine," which he describes as "an encyclopedic treatment of modern cooking" - "The Joy of Cooking" for Ferran Adrià set
By Betty Hallock
Los Angeles Times 2010-09-23
Eat to be well, says physician, who urges colleagues to see food - growing, buying, cooking, eating - as mainstay of medical educations, personal lives and practices
By Katrina Heron
The New York Times 2010-09-21
Opinion: Public trust in packaged food industry is low; it's time for government intervention to partner with industry efforts to reduce marketing to children
By Caroline Scott-Thomas
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2010-09-13
Opinion: Eataly is a fever dream of Italian gastronomy - poetic, visionary, and an utterly insane act of creation; even as jaded, effete observer of the food scene, I am overawed
By Josh Ozersky
Opinion: As manicured lawns become less politically correct, local governing groups begin rethinking rules on front yards and aesthetics of vegetables that might grow there
Chicago Tribune 2010-08-30
Researcher, fielding three years of data from local farms that serve Chicago area, hopes to answer questions of whether foods grown locally or industrially are better for planet
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2010-09-01
By Deb Nicklay
Globe Gazette (IA) 2010-08-26
Opinion: Despite its noise and din of criticism in social media about that noise, biodegradable packaging for FritoLay's processed SunChips is important innovation
By Caroline Scott-Thomas
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2010-08-23
Lunch tray offerings at 100 Chicago schools in HealthierUS Schools Challenge pilot will include different fruit and vegetable every day, whole grains every day, juice once a week
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2010-08-17
Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, olive oil, tomatoes, watermelons, orangs, whole grains - and red wine - can help protect skin from sun's harmful rays, researcher says
Tel Aviv University 2010-08-16
Fat from surplus, spoiled, or nonfood-grade butter could add to supply of biobased fuel for diesel engines, researchers discover
By Michael Bernstein
eurekalert; American Chemical Society 2010-07-28
Domestic violence shelter expands its mission with raised garden beds, beekeeping to help residents learn self-sufficiency
By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) 2010-07-31
Health experts say soda and low-nutrient, high-calorie junk foods have no place in taxpayer-funded food stamp market basket
By Meg Haskell
Bangor Daily News 2010-07-27
Opinion: Instead of regarding healthful eating as a skill set, we should nurture it as an art - seek everyday sights of stunning beauty rather than the nearest Big Mac
By Jennifer LaRue Huget
The Washington Post 2010-07-22
As fight against obesity ramps up, funds for anti-smoking programs diverted; 1 in 5 smokes, but 1 in 3 obese
By Duff Wilson
The New York Times 2010-07-27
UK department store, noting childhood obesity, launches line of school uniforms that includes clothes for preschoolers with waistlines usually the size of 8-year-olds
Moral licensing is emerging field of study that probes good/bad balance sheet in our heads that allows us to order Quarter Pounder and fries - with Diet Coke
By Michael S. Rosenwald
The Washington Post 2010-07-18
Pennsylvania's Lancaster Farmacy draws on folk remedies that combine herbs with food, drawing on natural affinities, flavors to make medicine more palatable
By Elisa Ludwig
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2010-07-08
Opinion: Exploring contradiction of organic farming and deal with Wal-Mart through Sun Maid - am I married, divorced, or sinning?
By David Mas Masumoto
The Atlantic 2010-06-28
Creators of online game Farmville link its vast pool of players to General Mills' organic subsidiary, Cascadian Farms, and 7-Eleven stores
By Elizabeth Olson
The New York Times 2010-07-14
Opinion: Food movement's quest to find "new social and economic space" will be ensnared in same realities that have compromised Fair Trade
By James E. McWilliams
The New York Times 2010-06-30
Shifting from high-profile raids, feds now scour firms' books for illegals; government has levied $3 million in fines so far this year on businesses that hired illegals
By Julia Preston
The New York Times 2010-07-09
Citing chemicals, water required for lush lawns, gardeners spearhead food- and habitat-based makeover across nation
By Adrianne Appel
IPS/The Guardian (UK) 2010-06-18
Monsanto's biotech dominance began with early bet on technology that then was backed with seed business, stock of traits, licensing those traits and $1 billion for R&D
By Ken Stier
Time magazine 2010-06-28
As Supreme Court ruling on GE alfalfa seeds shows, war on genetically modified crops will be a long one; next up: sugar beets modified to resist Monsanto's Roundup herbicide
By Bryan Walsh
Time magazine 2010-06-21
Analysis: Agriculture's nitrogen addiction costly to kick, but researchers say that it, along with climate change, biodiversity loss threaten future habitability of Earth
By Fred Pearce
Yale Environment 360 2009-05-11
Shrewd marketers retain fruit's variety - Fantasia nectarine, O'Henry peach, Santa Rosa plum - despite trend toward anonymous bar codes
By David Karp
Los Angeles Times 2010-06-24
Company turns to ancient cereals - spelt, emmer and einkorn - in bid to reach specialty bread market
By Jess Halliday
Food Navigator/Decision News Media 2010-06-25
Opinion: Women's success as CEOs in food business illustrates expanding role of females in workplace, principal influence in evolution of American food industry
By Morton Sosland
Practice of combining farming and trees - agroforestry - from mushroom farm to cattle grazing in thinned trees, gains followers in Missouri
By Georgina Gustin
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2010-06-03
Immigration advocates question visa denial to couple who have paid all their taxes, own their restaurant and a rental house and have only mortgage
By Katharine Q. Seelye
The New York Times 2010-05-28
As processed food firms ratchet up lab-generated umami - savory experience of protein-heavy foods - natural tastes could pale for extreme flavor junkies
By Miriam Gottfried
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-05-26
Citing symbiotic relationship of technology and dairy cow manure, researchers see waste-to-fuel systems for data transfer networks within two years
By Ashlee Vance
The New York Times 2010-05-19
Baltimore public library becomes virtual supermarket as part of push to make healthy food more accessible in food deserts
By Donna Marie Owens
National Public Radio/All Things Considered 2010-04-26
Wal-Mart and Bayer CropScience seek to apply hyperefficient business tactics to Gordian knots that hamper Indian agriculture
By Vikas Bajaj
The New York Times 2010-04-12
High-end restaurateurs find customers increasingly picky about what they want, and don't want on their plates
By Janny Hu
San Francisco Chronicle 2010-05-06
Investment groups buy into Illinois corn fields, California cranberry bogs, Brazilian sugarcane, African farmland
By Carey Gillam
Opinion: It's a great American value to want to fix one's own problems, but food policy problems aren't solved by cooking a healthy dinner, or by one television show
By Kate Dailey
Solutions to food deserts, festering for decades in Colorado, complicated by land-use policies, economics, politics, cultural customs, education
By Karen Auge
The Denver Post 2010-04-18
In sign that community-supported agriculture ventures have reached mainstream, large-scale institutions become drop-off sites for boxes of fresh produce
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2010-04-24
Insurance firm teams with YMCA to offer free diet, exercise pilot to fight diabetes; cost of treating both diabetes and pre-diabetes exceeds $200 billion a year
By Reed Abelson
The New York Times 2010-04-13
Michigan hospital begins growing vegetables to supply cafeteria, patient meals, farmers' market - and to support overall wellness, says CEO
By Dave Askins
The Ann Arbor Chronicle 2010-04-15
By Anahad O'Connor
The New York Times 2010-03-04
UK science adviser outlines multifaceted, linked food system needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050
By John R. Beddington
Science Magazine 2010-02-12
By Anne Marie Chaker
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-03-10
Garden therapy reduces stress, cuts perception of pain, improves mood in patients at otherwise sterile settings, studies show
By Anne Marie Chaker
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-04-06
German firm wins right to use German word referring to light ale and reference to Austrian town in naming its beer - translated to English, it's naughty
Der Spiegel 2010-03-29
Le Fooding movement takes root as form of culinary Futurism, against overly European, tradition-minded approach to food and French snobbery
By Adam Gopnik
The New Yorker 2010-04-05
For young, educated and poor, food stamps help fund purchases of fresh produce, raw honey, rabbit, wild-caught fish, organic asparagus, triple-crème cheese
By Jennifer Bleyer
Continental, cites market, consumer preferences in decision to begin charging for meals previously served free to economy customers
By Susan Carey
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-03-15
Costs of modern agriculture far greater, more insidious than price, logistics of eating vegetables from local farmers
By Felix Salmon
Foreign Policy 2010-02-26
Makers of Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove," visit Santa Monica sushi restaurant, find sei whale and horse on their plates
By Judith D. Schwartz
Time magazine 2010-03-06
Opinion: If "Food, Inc." wins Oscar, credence will be added to flawed messages, Michael Pollan's star will be polished
By Marlys Miller
Pork Magazine; Cattle Network 2010-03-02
By Matthew Daneman
USA Today 2010-02-28
Studies with jam, chocolate show that too many options may paralyze people or push them into decisions against their own best interest
By Alina Tugend
The New York Times 2010-02-27
Anti-fat rhetoric often linked to rising health care costs, but sociologist says real anger may be about society's overconsumption
By Marni Jameson
Chicago Tribune 2010-02-28
Thousands attend Georgia Organics conference that includes everything from cheese making workshops to keynote address at "farmers feast"
By Meridith Ford Goldman
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2010-02-23
"Blue Zones" project persuades town to make sidewalks, dig gardens, ban school snacking - and see health-care claims for city, school employees fall by 32 percent over 10 months
By Walter C. Willett and Anne Underwood
Newsweek magazine 2010-02-05
Insurance company pairs with artisan-quality produce farm to provide fresh vegetables to policy holders
By Robert Higgs
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) 2009-05-11
White House garden activist, citing urban, local food movement, starts petition for raised beds at New York's City Hall
By Kim Severson
The New York Times 2010-02-19
Temporary bargain on healthy foods translates to better long-term sales, but nutrition education doesn't, study shows
By Lynne Peeples
Nursery, landscaping industries face tough times, but interest in edibles - vegetables, fruit trees, berries - buoys some
By Abby Haight
The Associated Press; The Christian Science Monitor 2010-02-19
In imperfect world, it's Wal-Mart that brings fruits, vegetables back to land, delivers them to those who most need them
By Corby Kummer
The Atlantic 2010-02-11
Opinion: First reform home food habits - buy strategically, cut waste, eat less - then seek responsible packaging solutions from manufacturers
By James McWilliams
The New York Times 2010-02-08
Earthquakes, other disasters captivate us while hunger, other public health problems fester in background
By Alfred Sommer
The Washington Post 2010-02-02
By Julie Wernau
Chicago Tribune 2010-01-31
By Daniel B. Smith
The New York Times 2010-01-31
By Christine Muhlke
The New York Times 2010-01-31
Opinion: Getting to know "the real Italy" means getting to know agricultural workers from Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, India, or Africa
By James E. McWilliams
The New York Times 2010-01-15
Opinion: To change eating habits, require full disclosure on food labels of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, genetic modifications
By Michael Maiello
Forbes magazine 2010-01-10
By Daniel Weintraub
The New York Times 2010-01-23
Haiti earthquake spurs farming group to endorse notion of world food reserve for grains, maybe dairy products
Cedar Rapids Gazette; Des Moines Register 2010-01-23
Opinion: Agri-intellectuals' assault on production agriculture threatens 1 in 6 U.S. workers and could undermine ability to help feed world
By Joel Kotkin
Forbes magazine 2010-01-19
By Leslie Kaufman
The New York Times 2010-01-17
By Maria Cheng
The Associated Press; San Francisco Chronicle 2010-01-15
By Lauren Etter
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-13
By Xan Rice
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-15
Books: In "Slow Death by Rubber Duck," authors probe everyday pollution in tuna, nonstick coatings, canned food linings
By Lisa Bonos
The Washington Post 2010-01-10
y Peter J. Genovese
The Star-Ledger (NJ) 2010-01-05
The Telegraph (UK) 2010-01-06
Opinion: Is "The Road," depicting survivors left to scavenge for canned goods, bleak prophecy or scary story?
By Bee Wilson
The Telegraph (UK) 2010-01-10
$10 per person against obesity, smoking would save $16 billion-plus in yearly treatment costs in 5 years, study shows
By Amber Dance
Los Angeles Times 2009-12-28
By Gregory Karp
Spending Smart; Chicago Tribune 2010-01-10
By Clark Mason
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) 2009-12-30
By Elizabeth Takacs
The New York Times 2010-01-04
Top 10 issues in 2010: Hunger, childhood obesity, food safety rules, food ads and labels, meat, sustainable agriculture, GM, chemicals, salt and Dietary Guidelines
By Marion Nestle
San Francisco Chronicle 2010-01-03
UK's new food strategy integrates policy across all agencies for first time since WWII - with a few omissions
By Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-05
By George Monbiot
The Guardian (UK) 2010-01-04
By Robert Watson and Mohamed El-Ashry
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-12-28
By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune 2009-12-21
By David Whitford
NY high-schoolers using DNA analysis learn that labels of 11 of 66 food products tested misrepresented contents
Science Daily 2009-12-28
By Henry Fountain
The New York Times 2009-12-28
The Associated Press; San Francisco Chronicle 2009-12-24
By P.J. Huffstutter
Los Angeles Times 2009-12-27
By Sarah Kershaw
The New York Times 2009-12-22
By Mike Hughlett
Chicago Tribune 2009-12-24
By Amina Khan
Los Angeles Times 2009-12-21
By David Montgomery
The Washington Post 2009-12-22
By Lisa Bannon and Bob Davis
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-12-17
By Joanna Moorhead
The Independent (UK) 2009-11-29
By David Biderman
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-12-11
As Jamie Oliver wraps up filming 'Food Revolution,' a show that promotes healthy eating, hospital donates $80,000 to fund assessment and overhaul of menus of West Virginia county's 28 public schools. Hospital also donates $50,000 to keep chef's teaching kitchen open. And: Naked Chef isn't a diet cop; he's about scratch cooking, which means avoiding processed and fast food, learning pride of ownership, encouraging sparks of creativity and finding reasons to gather family and friends in one place (click 'See also').
By Veronica Nett
The Charleston Gazette (WV) 2009-11-21
Start-up with backing from Groupe Danone undertakes health care reform by using a simple, low-tech premise: Eat healthier food to become healthier. Idea is to help companies move employees to better diets that, the logic goes, will reduce medical needs, thus cutting costs. Food is cheapest, simplest, most pleasurable way to deal with health, says head of Full Yield. Study shows that 75 percent of country's $2.5 trillion in health care spending addresses increasingly prevalent chronic diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
By Melanie Warner
The New York Times 2009-11-29
Replacing snacks with fresh fruit near cash register, offering children choice between two vegetables rather than simply requiring carrots, and accepting only cash for dessert changed buying patterns at school lunch, researchers learn. And: Items displayed prominently, at eye level, or first in line tend to be chosen more often than other items (click 'See also'). Compared with students with unrestricted food debit cards, those using cards that restricted choices to more healthful items ate significantly less added sugar, total fat, saturated fat, and caffeine and consumed fewer calories.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-11-06
Farming by nature or by laser beam and petri dish are two extremes in increasingly acrimonious debate over future of food. Everybody wants to end hunger, but details of how pit environmentalists against anti-poverty campaigners, big business against consumers, rich countries against poor. One of fiercest debates is relative importance of science versus social and economic reforms to empower small farmers to grow more with existing technology. Mexico, cradle of corn, is home to 10,000-plus varieties, but issued permits in October for farmers to grow genetically modified corn; it had been smuggled in for some time.
By Claudia Parsons, Russell Blinch and Svetlana Kovalyova
Network of volunteer pilots, sleuths on aerial hunt for chicken litter around Chesapeake Bay as EPA steps up enforcement, targets concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Livestock operations generate about 500 million tons of manure annually. Waste can contaminate water, depleting oxygen, killing fish, and sometimes harbors e.coli. And: In trial against poultry industry, state of Oklahoma says since companies own birds from hatching to slaughterhouse, they also own their manure; Tyson, Cargill, other companies argue waste is responsibility of contract growers (click 'See also').
By Lauren Etter
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-11-03
Agriculture under siege from unrelenting campaign bent on denigrating our mission to feed the world; new front of battle is personal and global connotations (or lack thereof) for all types of food - McDonald's hamburgers, bean sprouts - and/or production systems. Anti-agriculture activists, food police potentially have new venue - health care - for uniting; convergence enables them to leverage ideology, impose new regulation. Agriculture, entire food industry has as much, if not more, stake in this debate than any other industry. We better get with it.
By Nevil C. Speer
Cattle Network 2009-11-04
For workers, big farms are far more appealing than mom-and-pop operations - they are more likely to provide full-time jobs with better benefits, offer longer gigs, and working conditions are more regimented. Larger enterprises also hire more of their work force directly, rather than through farm labor contractors. Smaller growers have smaller economies of scale with smaller budget; keeping prices competitive means finding creative ways to keep costs low. Farmers may not be able to control price of land, seeds, and equipment, but they can squeeze what they pay for labor.
By Tracie McMillan
In column, Marion Nestle, nutrition and public policy expert, says that pushback after Rome speech advocating food system that promotes better health, more sustainable agricultural production is evidence that food movement is making progress. Same goes for Michael Pollan, whose book, 'The Omnivore's Dilemma,' is high on campus reading lists. Agricultural interests (click 'See also' to read exchange of letters) twice this fall attempted to force universities to cancel speaking invitations.
By Marion Nestle
San Francisco Chronicle 2009-11-01
Issue 2, with its notion of industry-dominated council supposedly regulating treatment of farm animals, is poor public policy, and should be defeated. Ohio Constitution should never be used to promote interests of specific individuals, businesses, or industries. Reasonable approach is to work out compromise in state law that would protect both farmers and farm animals. And: What's not needed is radical change, written into state Constitution either by farm lobby or by animal-rights groups unconcerned whether they end up driving farmers out of business (click 'See also').
The Toledo Blade 2009-10-28
Factory farming of animals is chief cause of global warming, animal suffering, a decisive factor in diseases like bird and swine flu, cause of food-borne illness. Beyond illnesses linked to them, factory farms foster growth of drug-resistant germs, contribute to risk of pandemics like H1N1 swine flu, avian flu. Factory farm industry has more power than public health professionals because we fund industry by eating factory-farmed animal products. Perhaps, in deafening silence about this problem, we understand that something terribly wrong is happening. And: Factory farming's 335 million tons of manure annually hold infectious microbes that infiltrate air, soil, water, and are transported by houseflies, farm trucks, farm workers (click 'See also').
By Jonathan Safran Foer
In policy switch, Costco decides to accept food stamps at all its stores. Decision comes several months after country's third-largest retailer began food-stamp test at stores in Queens and Brooklyn. At least half its roughly 410 U.S. stores will accept stamps by Thanksgiving. And: U.S. unemployment rate is 9.5 percent (click 'See also').
By Melissa Allison
The Seattle Times 2009-10-27
Growing pool of young, educated, politically motivated workers drawn to farming as national interest grows in local food, small-scale farms that embrace humane and eco-friendly practices. Farmer likes hiring college students because over season they can see food through from seed to farmers' market. For one 20-something, farming experience has provided greater appreciation for food he cooks at restaurant job: 'I really try to make vegetables a feature of the dish. Not just something to put on the plate to fill up space.' And: Read a blog about working on a farm (click 'See also').
By Mara Lee
The Washington Post 2009-10-25
In Sweden, new labels listing CO2 emissions associated with production of foods appearing on some grocery items and restaurant menus - and inducing guilt in customers craving burgers. About 25 percent of emissions produced by people in industrialized nations can be traced to food they eat, research shows. Among recommendations, which give equal weight to health, environment: Eat carrots because they don't need heated greenhouses to grow; reduce fish consumption since stocks are depleted.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal
The New York Times 2009-10-23
After Archer Daniels Midland offers $500,000, and later, $1 million to settle after death of worker in steam explosion at its Illinois BioProducts plant, lawyer takes a chance on trial despite anti-immigrant sentiment. Jury awards family $6.7 million to family, which lives in Mexico (click 'See also'). Since 1995, nine people have died at company's Decatur sites. Latinos have highest workplace death rate of any ethnicity because they tend to work in dangerous professions - meatpacking, forestry, construction. Union official says judgment sends message that workers' rights should be respected.
By Kari Lydersen
The Washington Post 2009-10-11
North Carolina agents seize 926 gallons of moonshine worth about $35 a gallon, charge resident with several misdemeanors after two-month surveillance operation. If found guilty, suspect could be liable for taxes. Moonshine was mostly in glass quart jars, but part of it was in 20-liter plastic containers; most jars also contained peaches, strawberries or other fruit. And: Virginia's anti-moonshine unit a victim of budget cuts (click 'See also'), just as reports of stills slightly increase. Much of whiskey unit's work involved staking out stills in hopes that operator would show up. Virginia moonshine costs about $20 a gallon.
By Jule Hubbard
Wilkes Journal-Patriot (NC) 2009-10-08
Farmers who shun genetically modified crops find hope in recent alfalfa and sugar beet rulings (click 'See also') criticizing regulators who ignored potential economic impact of GM crop cross-pollination on organic, other farmers. Lawsuits have prompted first environmental impact statement ever for a GM crop, due in 2009. Though U.S. has passed no legislation on GM crops, 95 percent of U.S. sugar beet crop, which supplies about half the nation's sugar, now engineered. Eighty-five percent of corn crop genetically modified, and, as high-fructose corn syrup, is throughout food system. Some 90 percent of soy, cotton crops include genes from Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical, DuPont.
By Paul Voosen
Greenwire/The New York Times 2009-10-08
Attempt to secure food donations for shelter in Queens blossoms into bounty of leftovers from sporting events, rock concerts, political gatherings, film shoots, television tapings. 'Food should not go to a landfill if there's one hungry person,' says Syd Mandelbaum, founder of Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty think tank (click 'See also'). Effort has been endorsed by EPA, which appreciates reclamation. Americans waste estimated 95 billion pounds of food per year.
By Judy Peet
The Star-Ledger (NJ) 2009-09-27
Buy-local trend, which has popularized farmers' markets, farm harvest subscriptions reaches some school lunch programs. Farm to school initiative started at a few schools in California, Florida, North Carolina in late 1990s; USDA says 2,000-plus such programs are active in about 40 states. Programs bring fresh produce into schools, gives local small-farm owners chance to break into new market, and lets students meet farmers who visit schools and explain their work. And: San Francisco students make video pleading for better school food (click 'See also').
By Jenna Johnson
The Washington Post 2009-09-24
Some Philadelphia schoolchildren measure coolness by green quotient of their lunches - reusable sandwich wraps and water bottles, recycled lunch boxes, cloth napkins. Science teachers encourage 'waste-free Wednesdays;' in environmental science classes, students compost food scraps, fertilize the herb garden that then is used for the school kitchen, thus reducing pesticides that run into nearby Wissahickon Creek, which feeds into water supply of their city.
By Meredith Broussard
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-09-24
As climate change begins to materialize and regulation seems likely, companies take steps toward disclosing extent to which they're contributing to global warming and how they're protecting their business. At Starbucks, customers and workers are eyeing its practices and policy from environmental perspective, which sensitizes company. Investor group wants companies' climate-change risks required as part of regular financial disclosures. And: Most food system power sources mum on climate change costs (click 'See also').
By Juliet Eilperin
The Washington Post 2009-09-21
Sometime this year, half the fish, shellfish we eat will be farmed, not wild caught. Tipping point is reshaping oceans, livelihoods, diets. Environmental challenges include need to feed many small fish to bigger fish that consumers crave. Up to one-third of global catch goes to produce fish oil, fish meal that fish, poultry and pig-farming operations demand, which depletes stocks of forage fish - anchovies, sardines and menhaden, plus krill, food for penguins, whales (click 'See also') - a link expert says must be broken. Farmed fish might have eaten unused poultry trimmings, been vaccinated, consumed antibiotics or been selected for certain genetic traits.
By Juliet Eilperin
The Washington Post 2009-09-20
Prominent doctors, scientists, policy makers say soda tax could be powerful weapon in reducing obesity, as cigarette taxes help curb smoking. Tax of penny per ounce on soft drinks, energy drinks, sports beverages, many juices and iced teas would raise $14.9 billion in its first year. Soda research shows that for every 10 percent rise in price, consumption falls 8 to 10 percent. Expert says tax is justified in part because obesity, diabetes often treated with public funds through Medicaid, Medicare.
By William Neuman
The New York TImes 2009-09-16
New spending patterns herald rise of the enlightened citizen consumer - and beginnings of responsibility revolution. In U.S., poll shows 6 in 10 have bought organic produce since January, 82 percent supported local businesses, nearly 40 percent bought something because they liked values of company. Companies have adjusted - Mars and Cadbury plan to increase amount of cacao harvested from sustainable sources because it is good for environment and will relieve potential shortages. In turn, social responsibility attracts investment capital and customer loyalty, creating a virtuous circle.
By Richard Stengel
Time magazine 2009-09-10
Baobab fruit - with tart flavor between grapefruit, pear and vanilla; and rich vitamin, mineral, antioxidant content - OK'd by FDA as ingredient. Adansonia digitata, or 'upside-down' tree, grows primarily in Africa, is touted as natural, sustainable, fair trade option. And: In Africa, tree leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and the seeds can be eaten raw or roasted, or ground to make an edible oil and thickener for soups and stews (click 'See also'). Fruit can be peeled, sliced and cooked, or roasted, mashed or pureed.
By Rod Addy
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2009-09-11
Lush green rice fields within and around Hyakuri Airfield mark farmers' protest against Japanese military, contrast with screaming jets overhead. Turf battle began in 1950s, after military re-took farmland after farmers had already reclaimed their land after World War II. Government has offered money, but farmers won't sell.
By John M. Glionna
Los Angeles Times 2009-09-10
FarmsReach, other startups hope to use high-tech to remake food system so it links local, small farms with clients who default to ease, reliability of big suppliers. Information flow could be hidden lever that changes food system, experts say.
By Alexis Madrigal
Wired Science 2009-05-01
Founder of Eden Foods leads campaign to test products and label those with no more than 0.9 percent of biotech ingredients (click 'See also'). Non-GMO Project includes Whole Foods Market, other major players. This year, 85 percent of corn, 85 percent of canola, 91 percent of soybean acreage have genetic modifications; majority of processed foods contain ingredients derived from these crops, including oils, corn syrup, corn starch, soy lecithin. Newest GMO crop is Monsanto sugar beets; with this year's crop, close to half of nation's sugar will come from GMO plants. Wheat is next.
By William Neuman
The New York Times 2009-08-28
It's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight, researchers discovering. In addition to enhancing heart health and helping prevent disease, exercise improves mental health, cognitive ability. Many obesity researchers now believe that very frequent, low-level physical activity may work better than occasional bouts of exercise as a gym rat, especially if reward for hard workout is perfectly salted, golden-brown French fries.
By John Cloud
Time magazine 2009-08-09
For food activists, 'Food, Inc.,' is attempt to shake Americans out of complacency that has spawned diet-related disease epidemic, preponderance of factory farms, a rise in food-borne illness and antibiotic resistance, corporate takeover of the country's food production. But neither film nor movement adequately addresses questions of costs of switching to more conscientious model, and scale, to feed the world. Without answers, activists will vindicate critics who argue that new era of food production is only for privileged. And: UN says we need a farming revolution (click 'See also').
By Rebecca Ruiz
Forbes magazine 2009-06-11
Industrial food system is based on selective forgetting and hidden costs: erosion of farmland, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, cages for egg-laying chickens so packed that birds can't raise their wings, rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among farm animals, acceleration of global warming, lapses in food safety, obesity epidemic that cost us extra $147 billion in doctor bills last year, the $50 billion-plus of taxpayer money poured into corn industry in last 10 years that makes fatty, sugary foods cheap and funds factory-farming of meat. With those price supports, a dollar buys 875 calories of soda, 250 calories of vegetables or 170 calories of fresh fruit. Consequences of food choices can no longer be ignored.
By Bryan Walsh
Time magazine 2009-08-20
Energy Star/Energy Guide program for rating energy efficiency of appliances is inaccurate, unreliable and oversimplified, with manufacturers' claims left unverified. More helpful is EU version. A dishwasher there, for example, is rated on total energy and water consumption, cleaning performance, drying performance, size and noise. At a glance, shopper gets sense of how this dishwasher stacks up against others. And: Energy Star loopholes create skewed ratings (click 'See also').
By Harry Sawyers
Popular Mechanics 2009-08-13
Florida health department physician fighting 'controversial' one-man war against obesity resigns under fire after county commissioner and lawyers who own doughnut stores take offense at signs that parody its slogan - 'America Runs on Dunkin.'' He is reapplying for his job. In 2007, 39 percent of all adults were overweight; one in four was considered obese in his Gulf Coast area of practice.
By Melissa Nelson
The Associated Press; Houston Chronicle (TX) 2009-08-13
Battle over mountaintop removal coal mining will test Barack Obama, who vowed clean energy economy but in May oversaw EPA's OK of 42 permits for mining method that devastates landscapes, uproots hundreds of communities. Peak shearing of up to 1,000 feet buries streams, damages water systems. It deposits selenium, which can cause reproductive ills in humans and is deforming fish, downstream from mine fill sites. Meanwhile, Senate takes up bill (click 'See also') to prohibit mining companies from dumping debris in streams. Almost half of America's electricity is coal-powered.
By Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian (UK) 2009-08-04
When a quarter of your population has diabetes or is at risk, that screams for prime-time address. Obama has made no dent in farm subsidies that help agribusiness overproduce worthless calories, help Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds rank among most profitable companies for trash food and drinks. Capitol Hill must cut fat of subsidies, impose taxes on trash food producers, support cities and suburbs in redesigning streets, parks to support people who want to cycle or go out for a run and children who want to play outside.
By Derrick Z. Jackson
The Boston Globe 2009-08-01
In scramble for funds, Illinois demotes candy, soft drinks from tax-free food group. But lawmakers carved gaping exception - sweets containing flour (Twizzlers, Butterfinger Stixx) aren't legally deemed to be candy. Critic says tax logic is becoming increasingly inconsistent - in New York, Ovaltine gets sales-tax exemption but not Tang. Iowa officials were forced by public protests to rescind decision that exempted pumpkins sold for pies but not those sold for jack-o'-lanterns. And: Test your knowledge of what USDA considers junk food in schools (click 'See also').
By Ameet Sachdev and Bob Secter
Chicago Tribune 2009-08-02
Judge bans Monsanto's genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa until scientific assessment can show that new crop doesn't harm environment, but Obama administration has said it intends to continue Bush-era policies on GM sugar beets despite similar suit against them. Monsanto charges ahead on GM wheat, buying WestBred, a wheat genetics company. And: Sugar from genetically modified beets - like all other GM foods - isn't labeled; during approval process, EPA OK'd increase of glyphosate residues allowed on sugar beets by 5,000 percent. (click 'See also').
By Barry Estabrook
Gourmet.com/Politics of the Plate 2009-07-24
As diet-related disease epidemic continues, food industry strategy following page from Big Tobacco's playbook: Focus on personal responsibility as cause of nation's unhealthy diet, raise fears that government action usurps personal freedom, vilify critics with totalitarian language, criticize studies that hurt industry as 'junk science,' emphasize physical activity over diet, say there are no good or bad foods, and plant doubt when concerns are raised about industry.
By Kelly D. Brownell and Kenneth E. Warner
Milbank Quarterly 2009-03-01
Challenge for Michelle Obama and staff is to craft strategy that uses her clout to make how we eat an integral part of national health-care debate. In September, during Congressional debate over funding for child nutrition programs including school meals, staffers say First Lady will continue to link personal to political by gardening and by cooking - and by eating with her family and with students.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-07-15
Panicked push for food safety leads to 'foolhardy' attempt to sanitize farm fields in California despite evidence suggesting industrial agriculture may be bigger culprit - and plan may go nationwide. To appease large produce buyers, farmers are poisoning ponds, ripping out vegetation harboring pollinators and filtering storm runoff. Fences and poison baits line wildlife corridors; dying rodents are leading to deaths of owls, hawks that naturally control rodents. Surprisingly little is known about how e.coli is transmitted from cow to table. And: Industry-generated food safety system no substitute for federal regulation, says food safety expert (click 'See also').
By Carolyn Lochhead
San Francisco Chronicle 2009-07-13
Whole Foods says it plans to test its private label products for genetically engineered organisms and begin labeling before end of year. Nonprofit Non-GMO Project is designed to test whether a product has met defined standards for presence of genetically engineered or modified organisms. FDA says as much as 75 percent of processed food in U.S. may contain components from GM crops. And: GMO sugar beet farmer uses solar power to aid in lifting 210-pound kegs of Monsanto's weedkiller, Roundup (click 'See also').
Pacific Business News (bizjournals) 2009-07-07
Increase in food stamp benefits ($80 a month for family of four) creates chain reaction. For every $5 of food-stamp spending, there is $9.20 of total economic activity, as grocers and farmers pay employees and suppliers, who in turn shop and pay their bills. With food-stamp boost, economic stimulus is almost immediate, with 80 percent of the benefits being redeemed within two weeks of receipt and 97 percent within a month, the USDA says. Nationwide, enrollment in program is up more than five million from March 2008.
By Roger Thurow and Timothy W. Martin
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-07-07
As processed, packaged food makers increase market share of organics - now a $23 billion annual business - USDA bows to lobbying pressure, relaxes stringent standards to allow non-organic ingredients, additives, processing agents. National Organic Program, by not issuing growing, treatment, production standards, has created haphazard system that leaves private certifiers to set organic standards. And: USDA seeking replacement for Barbara Robinson, program's acting director (click 'See also').
By Kimberly Kindy and Lyndsey Layton
The Washington Post 2009-07-03
While one hand of federal government campaigns against obesity epidemic, the other hand subsidizes it by writing farmers a check for every bushel of corn they can grow - undermining public-health goals by loosing tide of cheap calories. Challenge is to rewrite those rules, to develop new set of agricultural policies that don't subsidize overproduction - and overeating. Unless we deal with mountain of cheap grain that makes Happy Meal and Double Stuf Oreo such 'bargains,' calories will keep coming.
By Michael Pollan
The New York Times 2003-10-12
Group of physicians, health organizations, nutrition experts ask Obama to create presidential commission to fight obesity. Commission would stimulate, coordinate agencies involved in food and health policy. Obesity costs $95 billion annually in medical expenditures, half of which are paid through Medicare and Medicaid; obesity rates have increased by 50 percent in 20 years. And: Previous corn-based public health crisis was not obesity but alcoholism, in early 19th century (click 'See also').
Center for Science in the Public Interest 2009-06-24
Number of Americans considered obese jumps 1.7 percent - almost 5.5 million people - in last year. Between 2003 and 2006, CDC measured no real growth in American obesity levels. The obese were less likely to have access to food, shelter and health care. Researchers speculate that increased stress of recession, combined with cost of healthy fresh foods (as compared to processed food), to blame.
By Kate Dailey
Newsweek/The Human Condition 2009-06-01
Idea that junk foods (those high in salt, fat and empty carbohydrates but low in nutrients) can escape tax category of entertainment products like cigarettes or booze gives unfair tax and price advantage to non-nutritious edibles over real food. Joining feds' scheme that harmonizes provincial and federal sales taxes means Ontario is giving up a cost-neutral way to shift behavior toward healthier choices, lower medical expenses. 'Pseudo-foods' account for about 31 per cent of supermarket sales.
By Wayne Roberts
Now Magaine (Toronto) 2009-04-08
Government advisers in UK shaping suggested menus without lamb, hothouse tomatoes, alcohol to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Growing, processing hops, malt to beer, whisky help to generate 1.5 percent of nation's greenhouse gases; producing 2.2 pounds of lamb releases equivalent of 37 pounds of CO2; same amount of beef releases methane equivalent to 35 pounds of CO2; same amount of hothouse tomatoes releases 20-plus pounds of CO2.
By Jonathan Leake
The Times (UK) 2009-05-24
In stations between poverty, destitution, rural poor turn increasingly to 'food auctions,' which offer items that may be past sell-by dates. Others supplement diet with urban hunting, shooting squirrels and rabbits and eating them stewed, baked and grilled; in Detroit, retired truck driver has brisk business in raccoon carcasses, which he recommends marinating with vinegar and spices.
By Barbara Ehrenreich
The New York Times 2009-06-14
Despite broad consensus that it's cheaper to keep people healthy than to treat them for disease, rewards often fail to match costs of widespread testing and monitoring people with chronic diseases. Obstacles: Much of money spent on disease prevention goes for healthy people, and taking up regular exercise or eating healthier food is difficult, expert says.
By Janet Adamy
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-06-12
Adding antibiotics to farm animal feed is fostering, dispersing drug-resistant bacteria that imperil public health, researchers are learning. Chicken, cow, pig manure - 335 million tons annually - distributes pathogens through fertilizer and manure lagoons, where infectious microbes infiltrate air, soil, water, and are transported by houseflies, farm trucks, farm workers. Government requires no disclosure on microbial use in agriculture. In his 1945 Nobel Prize address, Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, had warned of ease in making microbes resistant; Pork Board spokesperson isn't convinced.
By Dale Keiger
Johns Hopkins Magazine 2009-06-01
Instead of shutting down Philadelphia's Universal Feeding program for impoverished schools, Pennsylvania senator urges Obama to extend it to all cities, also vows to include the application-free lunch program in child-nutrition bill reauthorization. If that doesn't work, veteran lawmaker vows to use his power on senate agriculture panel to expand program.
By Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-05-28
Needy families flock to farmers' market for program that doubles value of food stamps and fruit and vegetable coupons for low-income mothers, seniors. Goal, says organizer, is to show feds that matching works: 'A single dollar of stimulus impacts nutrition, helps farmers, stimulates the economy and provides a direct investment in reducing health-care costs.' Food stamps create $1.73 worth of economic activity for every dollar spent, study shows.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-05-27
In 'new frugality' of recession, many hit reset button on what they really need - microwaves, dishwashers no longer seen as necessities by survey respondents. Yet giving up, scaling back on cellphone talking, texting for adults, even children, is another matter.
By Michelle Singletary
The Washington Post 2009-05-21
Nearly 25 percent of younger adults surveyed by Pew (click 'See also') say they plan to plant a 'recession garden' to cut their food bills, about double proportion of older adults who anticipate gardening to save money. Those under age 65 more than twice as likely as older adults to have cut down on spending on alcohol, cigarettes.
By Rich Morin and Paul Taylor
Pew Research Center 2009-05-14
Humane Society asks McDonald's shareholders to mandate phased-in use of eggs from cage-free hens, but fast-food giant tells them to reject resolution. Firm announces 2-year hen housing study - a delay, says Humane Society. Burger King, Hardee's, Quizno's, Carl's Jr., Denny's have agreed that up to 5 percent of egg purchases from U.S. suppliers will come from cage-free hens. And: Chain uses 3 billion eggs and 290 million chickens a year (click 'See also').
By Mike Hughlett
Chicago Tribune 2009-05-21
Food more vital to beauty than cosmetics, studies show. Tops for skin: green tea, citrus fruits, pomegranate, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, romaine lettuce, egg yolks, wild salmon, walnuts, flax, canola oil, soybeans, sardines. For skin: bell peppers, whole grain cereals, peanut butter, avocado. For hair: spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, legumes. For general health: canned light tuna, whole wheat pasta, lean beef, shrimp, turkey, brown rice. Save supplements for deficiencies, medical needs, says expert.
By Jodi Mailander Farrell
Mcclatchy-Tribune; Newsday 2009-05-18
After Illinois mother refuses to stop asking questions about her teenage son's leukemia during toddler time, state officials and newspaper learn that for 20-plus years, town frequently, secretly, turned valve to draw water from well polluted with dry-cleaning chemicals. State EPA shut well in December 2007, after testing water for first time in 20-plus years. Update: Federal agents raid Crestwood Village Hall, cart documents away for criminal investigation; senator asks feds to look for links between water, illnesses (click 'See also').
By Michael Hawthorne
Chicago Tribune 2009-04-19
Contrary to gloomy headlines, organics market's growth merely slowed to rate of one percent a month, careful reading of Nielsen report shows. If that rate continues, organic sales will rise by 12 percent this year, though overall grocery sales are flat. Trade group reports that organic food sales grew by 15.8 percent in 2008.
By Barry Estabrook
Gourmet.com/Politics of the Plate 2009-05-07
Senate leaders consider watchdog group's proposed tax on soda, some fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and ready-to-drink teas to help pay for health care reform. Proponents cite research linking consumption to diet-related disease, say tax would cut consumption, health problems, medical costs. Soda lobbyists say tax would hit lower-income Americans and wouldn't deter consumption. And: Amount of decline in smoking directly tied to size of state tax increase on cigarettes, analysis shows (click 'See also').
By Janet Adamy
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-05-12
Major lifestyle changes, including eating diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, plus moderate exercise, daily stress management, changed genes of cancer patients, Dean Ornish study shows. Activity of disease-preventing genes increased; disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer, breast cancer, shut down. 'In just three months, I can change hundreds of my genes simply by changing what I eat and how I live?' Exciting, says researcher.
By Will Dunham
Flu outbreak focuses complaints in poor neighborhoods near industrial pig farm owned by Smithfield subsidiary in Mexico. Overpowering stench, dogs feasting on pig carcasses, massive manure lagoons among neighbors' concerns. Conglomerate says it has funded reforestation, irrigation and has bought computer equipment for schools. It says it has built clinics and provides free medical care, and that Mexican health officials attribute persistent illness in area to temperature changes, malnutrition, unsafe drinking water.
By Steve Fainaru
The Washington Post 2009-05-10
In dramatic life change that seems risky but likely is safer bet, reporter quits job to simplify life, slow its pace, volunteer. She and fiance downsized house, will grow vegetables, preserve them and shop locally. 'We're going to see how little we can buy and how much we can reduce our use of electricity,' she writes.
By Emily Achenbaum
Chicago Tribune 2009-05-04
Executives of food service company threaten Florida tomato growers with boycott unless wages, working conditions improve for pickers. But Bon Appetit buys only 5 million pounds of tomatoes - McDonald's buys about 20 million pounds a year and Subway buys even more. Workers' advocates worry that boycott could hurt farm laborers, who would lose their daily wage; one critic wonders about 'grandstanding.' And: In tomato capital of nation, modern-day slavery (click 'See also').
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-04-29
For Earth Day, one-day ban of meat, cheese in college, corporate cafeterias raises awareness about effect of food choices on environment. There's a growing movement to cut carbon emissions by cutting back on certain foods; significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions are created by food industry. And: Meat production alone accounts for 18 percent of global emissions, UN says (click 'See also').
By David Gorn
National Public Radio/All Things Considered 2009-04-22
Michelle Obama's garden and her message of eating fresh-picked food is truly subversive: Change America's eating habits, improve health, cut emissions, change the world. Globally, agricultural sector releases more greenhouse gases (click 'See also') in growing, transporting, meat production than any activity except for constructing, heating, cooling buildings. Food sector should be priority in talks before Copenhagen meeting, where next round of emissions cuts will be decided.
By Mark Hertsgaard
The Nation. 2009-04-20
Obama and Congress should, with urgency second only to oncoming regulation of tobacco, enact emergency federal rules to ban trash-food marketing that is consuming our children. Federal nutrition programs are feeble whisper against trash food marketing; 44 top food/beverage companies in 2006 spent $1.6 billion in marketing mostly soda, fast food, and cereals to youths. Voluntary marketing limits are the wink of wolves.
By Derrick Z. Jackson
Boston Globe 2009-04-11
For healthier America, help families follow healthy diets and feed children only nutritious foods in schools, says Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. Other goals: Fully fund federal supplemental nutrition programs, and design them to meet needs with nutritious foods; create public-private partnerships to open grocery stores in urban, rural 'food deserts;' ensure early childhood education for all; give children K-12 half-hour recess.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2009-04-02
With incredible, edible garden, Obamas aren't just eating the view, they are eating the lawn. At 40 million acres, lawns are largest agricultural sector in America. They consume 270 billion gallons of water a week, enough for 81 million acres of organic vegetables. We spend $40 billion a year on seed, sod, and chemicals for them; they are the populist enemy.
By Ellen Goodman
The Boston Globe 2009-03-27
Fired for misconduct after setting aside one of 30 tuna sandwiches destined for trash at Whole Foods, former deli clerk fights for unemployment benefits - and wins. Legal services worker says they're seeing uptick in similar cases; nationally, in 66 percent of cases, employees win. In New York, as in other states, employers' unemployment insurance rates based on amount of benefits their former workers collect.
By Jennifer 8. Lee
The New York Times 2009-03-16
Obamas' raised bed garden will contain 55 varieties of vegetables, including cilantro, anise hyssop, Thai basil, tomatillos and hot peppers, arugula, spinach, chard, collards and black kale. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf, galactic. A White House carpenter who is a beekeeper will tend two hives for honey. Plots will be enriched with White House compost, Chesapeake Bay crab meal; ladybugs, praying mantises will help control pesky bugs. And: Sources for seeds (click 'See also').
By Marian Burros
The New York Times 2009-03-19
Obama family will have vegetable garden on south lawn of White House. Though 16-acre complex is maintained by National Park Service, White House residence staff will handle garden chores. In April issue of O magazine, Michelle Obama says plot will be used as point of education, 'to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food.'
By Rick Klein
ABC News 2009-03-18
After doing good with nonprofit low-budget gourmet cooking school for down-and-out women in D.C., and nonprofit catering business that followed, recession hits and '60s child begins doing well as upscale clients call. And call. And call. Much of Through the Kitchen Door's revenue goes to pay people the company exists to help - poor immigrants, battered women, at-risk teens (click 'See also').
By Faye Fiore
Los Angeles Times 2009-03-01
After watching for weapons in Iraq, vet oversees fields of greens - fennel, beets, chard and kale - as part of fledgling program (click 'See also'). Returning vets find healing, productive work on farm; communities feeding locavores benefit from help with food production. One vet cites home gardens, pomegranate orchards of Iraq as inspiration, fantasizes about returning as extension agent.
By Janet Fletcher
San Francisco Chronicle 2009-09-24
Candy maker looks to reduce cow belching through diet; milk production blamed for 60 percent of chocolate's carbon emissions. Average cow emits (through mostly belching) between 80-120 kilograms methane annually, equivalent to carbon emissions of family car. And: Improving grassland diversity can provide better bovine diet (click 'See also').
By David Adam
The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-17
With two-thirds global population facing water scarcity by 2025, some firms track 'water footprints.' Hamburger takes 630 gallons; cup of coffee takes 35 gallons. Unilever now using drip irrigation to grow black tea in Tanzania for Lipton tea, tomatoes in California for Ragu tomato sauce. Unilever buys 12 percent of world's commercial black tea and 7 percent of world's tomatoes. And: Mapping water scarcity hot spots (click 'See also').
By Alexandra Alter
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-02-17
Italian cities succumbing to campaign to kick out 'foreign' foods. Italian-only food drive, which leading chefs call gastronomic racism, began in Lucca but now has spread to Milan. Agriculture minister says he's never eaten a kebab and refuses to eat pineapple; councillor in Milan says kebab shop owners were ready to work long hours, which was unfair competition. French restaurants, says another official, will be allowed.
By Richard Owen
The Times Online 2009-01-31
Single food-safety agency debated as salmonella outbreak continues. Overhaul old laws in current system, says David Kessler, ex-head of FDA. Decentralize, revamp FDA and staff with real regulators, says James McWilliams, history professor. Single agency would develop transparent standards, coordinate response, says Jaydee Hanson, food policy analyst. Reinvent food system, with children's, planetary health first, says Ann Cooper, chef. Require more reporting, view food as homeland security, says Bill Marler, lawyer. Rename USDA to reflect priority of food, says Caroline Smith DeWaal, Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The New York Times 2009-02-08
In Afghanistan, Texas soldiers see path to victory through creation of wheat-seed farm superior to the 2,500 acres and subsistence plots controlled by Taliban. Project could free farmers from Taliban-approved suppliers and lousy products from Pakistan. And it's cheaper - farm project estimated at $7.5 million to $9 million; military assault, occupation and rehabilitation of Khajanoor Farms might cost $12 million to $18 million.
By Jim Landers
The Dallas Morning News 2009-02-01
FDA regulatory breakdowns are systemic, result of divided attention, lack of communication and executive branch support, understaffing. To make government work (click 'See also'), Obama must fix food safety. Move food monitoring to DHS; create Commissioner of Food and Nutrition Policy; add inspectors; give FDA authority to regulate industry, bestow harsher penalties.
By Caroline Smith DeWaal
Tom Vilsack, new USDA head, says agency constituency extends past commercial farming to those who eat. He backs creation of school, urban community gardens, which link what children eat to knowing where it comes from; creating state food policy councils; and in nurturing market for organic and whole foods. First challenge: Improve Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, up for renewal.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-02-05
Hotel separates food waste, benefits accrue: Less money spent on garbage removal, cheaper food waste hauling, and food waste becomes compost. Recycling advocates look for more waste generators to sign on with hotel to create 'wasteshed,' and also hope New Jersey county will create spot for recycling organic waste.
By Ryan Tracy
The Times (Trenton, NJ) 2009-02-04
U.S. consumers returning to culture of responsibility due to economic crisis and new president, says food trends report. Savvy consumers want value - not shrinking packages, falsely-steady prices. They turn to coupons, staples like beans, rice. Demand will grow for natural sweeteners, fair trade and digestive health products. Recipe: Mixed Bean Chili and Rice (click 'See also')
By Caroline Scott-Thomas
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2009-02-03
Growing number of restaurants eliminate busboy positions to cut costs. In many states, loophole allows restaurants to pay servers who earn tips less than minimum wage. Busboys stock ice bins, roll silverware into napkins, refill water glasses and deliver bread to tables; some servers have quit jobs over change.
By Janet Adamy
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-01-27
Awareness of food prices, waste, may be silver lining of economic crisis. Americans throw out $100 billion of food annually. Food in landfills produces methane gas, more harmful to atmosphere than CO2. To cut waste: Plan meals, serve reasonable portions, compost, get whole family involved. And: Composting quick-start - indoors or out (click 'See also').
By Addie Broyles
The Miami Herald; The Austin American-Statesman 2009-01-22
Army-funded rocket scientists ask food counterparts for help making rocket fuel. Gel fuel - think orange marmalade without rind - not as leak-prone as liquids. Food processing, agriculture experts understand how gels - marmalade, jam - behave when pumped through sophisticated machines. And: Good marmalade retains true flavor of fruit, says food judge (click 'See also').
By Lewis Page
The Register (UK) 2009-01-22
Sustainable food movement wants overhaul of nation's food system, but focus, call for specific action is way to real change. Best bet: Advocate for radical change with Congressional renewal of laws for school meals (click 'See also'). Currently, cash-strapped schools rely on government surplus, sales of soda, junk foods. Stricter nutrition standards, more funding for fresh food could change that, and both mesh with Obama's goal of ending childhood hunger.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-01-25
In winter, well-stocked pantry and fridge are sustaining and requires only supplements of produce, meat and dairy. Clearing out taste-free clutter - packaged bread crumbs, processed salad dressings - makes room for real food - fresh spices, olive oil, dried beans, whole grains - which will add satisfaction, enjoyment to meals.
By Mark Bittman
The New York Times 2009-01-07
Prevention - currently less than five cents of every dollar spent on health - crucial to public health, say advocates (click 'See also'). Healthy communities created by planning across sectors, e.g., farm-to-school programs; supporting sustainable regional food systems; helping healthy food retailers succeed where fresh produce is limited, increasing funding to nutrition programs.
By Laura Troyer
The Food Times 2008-12-23
Noting his emphasis on diet-health links, food policy reform advocates pin all hopes on Obama, but coalition addressing hunger, food crisis may have real reason for optimism. He vowed to abolish childhood hunger by 2015. Since food is inextricably linked to other priorities - climate change, energy and health care policies - group also predicts reform potential.
By Kim Severson
The New York Times 2008-12-24
National food reform, fight against diet-related disease should start in Obama's new back yard - with garden, says Alice Waters, chef and activist. She has teamed with Ruth Reichl, Gourmet magazine editor, and Danny Meyer, New York restaurateur, to volunteer for 'kitchen cabinet' duties after trio helped raise $800,000 for his campaign.
By Kate Coleman
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-12-10
As Americans cut spending on everything in response to job worries, they stock up on frozen foods, food storage for home cooking, Wal-Mart head reports. In Sam's Clubs, he sees restaurateurs shopping several times a week, using yesterday's cash to buy food for tonight's business. And: Using coupons at checkout makes person behind you seem cheap, too (click 'See also').
By Nadine Elsibai
New website offers access to information about public health, agriculture, and connects the two fields. Johns Hopkins University site, a project of its Center for a Livable Future (click 'See also') links communities, organizations, individuals. Site allows search of databases, vetted collection of reports, journal articles.
By Karla Cook
The Food Times 2008-12-14
Farm lobby group calculates annual per-head livestock fee on emissions-rich cows, pigs as possible result of EPA report after Supreme Court ruling on air pollution. EPA says report does not include proposal to tax livestock. Environment group supports proposal, saying it could push switch toward healthier crops.
By Bob Johnson
The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2008-12-05
Notorious buttercream incident in Alfa Romeo 20 years ago grows into Food Runners, a San Francisco group of volunteers that helps direct surplus food, whether from parties or farmers' markets, to those in need. Says one volunteer: 'If you've had a bad week, go and do something like Food Runners....It changes your whole outlook on life.'
By Nancy Mullane
National Public Radio 2008-12-02
Food policy proposals under discussion in San Francisco would decrease use of imported food, strengthen ties to nearby farms and could include new rural-urban accords for water conservation, alternative-energy production. Policy also would increase flow between countryside, which controls energy, food production and land; and city, which controls policy, finance, markets.
By Erin Allday
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-11-29
Bald eagles - fish-eating barometers of environmental health - show rising mercury levels in Catskills, site of drinking-water reservoirs for New York City. Most mercury comes from coal-burning power plant emissions blown from Midwest; toxin falls into water and becomes methylmercury, which contaminates worms, then fish. And: New York advisories limiting amount of state's fish that can be safely eaten (click 'See also').
By Anthony DePalma
The New York Times 2008-11-24
More neighborhood green space reduces risk of heart disease, greatly narrows health gaps and death rates between rich, poor, UK researchers learn. Governments should promote and invest in green areas, which provide opportunities for stress reduction and physical activity. And: Plunging hands into the dirt therapeutic for gardeners (click 'See also').
By Michael Kahn
Food industry would rather us not notice: its billions spent on ads to children; its donations to nutrition associations; its lobbying that has made food labels confusing; its minimizing of health concerns related to its products; that it fronts groups that fight obesity and that it tries to discredit critics. Opinion: Modifiable diet factors cause much more illness, death than car crashes, nutrition professor, pediatrician say (click 'See also').
By Adam Voiland
U.S. News & World Report 2008-10-17
Obama must decide what, how and why the whole of America eats. Food system guzzles 19 percent of fossil fuels, gushes up to 37 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; health care is sapping 16 percent of national budget, with four diet-related diseases making top 10 killers list; global food price crisis shows food can't be traded across borders like color television sets (click 'See also').
By Jess Halliday
Barack Obama has opportunity to reposition global food crisis as critical foreign policy, and he should, since hunger is directly tied to civil unrest. Surely a world that found $1 trillion to rescue financial institutions can find $30 billion for short-term hunger needs and improvements to increase food production.
By Nancy Roman
World Food Program (UN)/Reuters AlertNet 2008-11-05
As local food movement gains popularity, urban dwellers think beyond salad gardens to laying hens for eggs and meat, backyard goats for meat and lawn control, bees for pollination and honey, and fish in unused swimming pools for lean protein. Then, they question rules against farming.
By Diane Peters
National Post (Canada) 2008-10-24
Food system's power blocks free speech, threatens democracy by scaring farmers into silence and lack of food labeling, says Eric Schlosser, co-producer of documentary, 'Food, Inc.' Monsanto sues farmers over use of genetically modified seeds without permission, but, then, food firms don't label products containing such organisms, arguing that genetically modified foods are not substantially different. Surveys show Americans unaware that 70 percent of all processed foods contain GM ingredients.
By Evan Solomon
The Globe and Mail (Canada) 2008-10-25
With drinking water and energy increasingly precious, washing away waste makes little sense, says Rose George in new book. Transforming waste into fertilizer won't work - it is "the most efficient means--short of eating the sludge--of injecting toxic substances directly into the human body," EPA panel said in 1975. Eco-sewage, with two streams, would slash water use by 80 percent.
By Johann Hari
Slate Magazine 2008-10-20
As shoppers hunt for deals on groceries, casual restaurant meals, take-out food and other goods or services, coupon-clipping returns as household activity. Manufacturers have become more restrictive by imposing time limits and more purchase requirements for redemption.
By Emanuella Grinberg
Seeing gold in garbage, two entrepreneurs offer coupons redeemable for groceries, coffee, in exchange for recycling. Recycling rate jumps in one town from three percent to 32 percent in a year, and in another town, participation is up tenfold. 'Our customer is anyone who lives in a home and buys stuff,' says founder, who is aiming for profit by 2010.
By Keith Naughton and Daniel McGinn
California voters should pass Proposition 2; every state should enact similar laws. Philosophy of cheapness cannot justify cruelty of industrial farming, with millions of pregnant sows, calves and laying hens kept in cages so small they can barely move. Reducing concentration of animals also will reduce air, water pollution and begin to redress imbalance between small farmers and huge corporations that have acquired anti-competitive control over meat industry.
The New York Times 2008-10-08
Sharing capital and ideas, artisans and agricultural entrepreneurs unite to save Vermont town, and, in process, create what could be a model for rebuilding the food system, conserving farmland and farming sustainably. Success may herald 'major social transformation, the swinging back of the pendulum from industrialization and globalization,' says investor.
By Marian Burros
The New York Times 2008-10-08
American food supply is flawed but China's present is our past. Tainted milk scandal mirrors New York's in the mid 19th century, when up to 8,000 babies died each year. Large-scale adulteration requires fast-growing get-rich-quick economy coupled with regulatory vacuum. Scandals are symptomatic of a deep failure of politics.
By Bee Wilson
The New York Times 2008-09-30
If Congress can conjure up vast sums for Wall Street bailout, why, when we speak urgently of a fraying social net, of charities reeling and empty food pantries, of tens of millions of Americans (the types who clean the likes of AIG and Freddie Mac at night) without food and shelter, is there not a penny available? Our nation's priorities are in the wrong place.
By Joel Berg
The Washington Post 2008-09-28
New 'positive eating' replaces deprivation diets, returns participants to pleasures of seasonal foods, meals with family and friends, the kitchen and scratch cooking. People of normal weight spend more time on food shopping, cooking and cleanup than others, study shows. And: New cooks drive increase in food website traffic, sales of cookbooks, food magazines, inexpensive cookware and basic foods (click 'See also').
By Tara Parker-Pope
The New York Times 2008-09-17
In race to be green, colleges try eco-friendly no-tray policy and students with big appetites find heaping helping of complaints. Multiple plates are cumbersome to carry, extra trips for seconds are disruptive, and it takes longer to clear the table. Another school replaces disposable foam trays for plastic containers that can be returned dirty, or replaced for $5.
By Jodi S. Cohen
Chicago Tribune 2008-09-06
Sarah Palin, vice president pick of GOP candidate John McCain, is a mooseburger-eating former beauty contestant and the Alaska governor. She doesn't mind shooting caribou because it 'has had a good life. It's been free out there on the tundra, not caged up on a farm with no place to go.' She laid off the chef in the governor's mansion - no need for that, she said. Her husband, a native Yup'ik Eskimo (click 'See also'), is a former commercial fisherman.
By Cathleen Decker and Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Times 2008-08-30
To kick fast-food addiction and re-establish relationship with what's good for us and for planet, we must move beyond grief cycle (denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance) and, through actions in our lives, understand that real food is a right. Next step is demanding action from political leaders. And: To comment on the Healthy Food and Agriculture Declaration, click 'See also.'
By Katrina Heron
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-08-17
In 1987, Joe Biden promised to hire an Italian chef if elected president, so he could always eat his favorite food. It was an unusual campaign promise, but indicative of his engaging personality that will mesh well with staid, more serious Barack Obama.
By Carl P. Leubsdorf
The Dallas Morning News 2008-08-23
To secure future of food, combine genetic engineering with organic farming to grow more with less harm to environment and to farm workers, says plant pathology professor, organic farmer's wife. Pesticides more harmful than genetic engineering, she says. And: Food prices, shortages pressure those who resist genetically engineered crops (click 'See also').
By Pamela Ronald
The Boston Globe 2008-03-16
Urban farming could relieve strain on food supply, increase food independence, combat obesity. When dinner is plucked from balcony pots or lawn, carbon footprint nearly disappears. Want to cool cities cheaply? Plant crops on rooftops. It's an excuse to geek out with NASA tech. Best of all, it would reconnect us to our frontier spirit.
By Clive Thompson
Wired magazine 2008-08-18
Universities compete for students, satisfy their professors with cross-disciplinary food studies programs that draw on explosion of food literature and link students' personal choices with labor practices, health and the environment. Food studies also underscore universities' emphasis on sustainability, in operations and in the classroom.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2008-08-20
With irreversible climate change expected in 100 months, everything we do matters. Individuals alone can't re-engineer Britain's fossil-fuel-dependent food, transport and energy systems; government must lead. Between 1938 and 1944, economy was re-engineered and there were dramatic cuts in resource use and household consumption. How countdown was calculated (click 'See also').
By Andrew Simms
The Guardian (UK) 2008-08-01
In Dallas, entrepreneurial mechanic blends 'CNN and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' with inspiration from stay-all-day coffee shops in Mexico City and London, but adds wine, beer and chain-link curtains.
The Dallas Morning News 2008-08-01
Cost of moving goods could transform some foods into luxuries and further promote the local food movement. 'Avocado salad in Minneapolis in January is just not going to work in this new world, because flying it in is going to make it cost as much as a rib eye,' says researcher.
By Larry Rohter
The New York Times 2008-08-02
With presidential campaign showing aspects of beauty pageant/eating contest, will sedentary, overweight electorate pick former fat kid turned skinny gym-goer who eats protein bars and battles cigarettes or slightly overweight guy with weakness for Butterfingers and doughnuts? Does weight struggle make candidate seem like 'one of us?'
By Amy Chozick
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2008-08-01
Barack Obama's Berlin speech vague on trade, a concern for Europe considering earlier vow to renegotiate NAFTA, opposition to Colombian trade deal. Europeans dislike $289 billion farm/food bill that maintains U.S. farm subsidies; Americans say they're losing $200 million yearly because Europe won't buy their chickens disinfected by chlorine bath. Click 'See also' for youtube video.
By Steven Erlanger
The New York Times 2008-07-25
To cut nation's fossil fuel use for food production by half, individuals must eat less, reduce junk food intake and switch to diet lower in meat, therefore reducing demand for processed foods and factory-farmed livestock, Cornell researchers say. Other crucial need: transformation from conventional to organic farming.
Science Daily 2008-07-24
Professor's vertical farming idea (click 'See also') captures imagination of New York borough president. 'The sky is the limit in Manhattan,' he says, but skeptic brings another view: 'Would a tomato in lower Manhattan be able to outbid an investment banker for space in a high-rise? My bet is that the investment banker will pay more.'
By Bina Venkataraman
The New York Times 2008-07-15
Considering rising cost of food, the carbon footprint, the food shortage, the moral queasiness about biofuels, food safety issues and the Midwest floods, activist wants to see next president think global, eat local - from the 18-acre yard of the White House.
By Ellen Goodman
International Herald Tribune 2008-07-04
Social, cultural dimensions of our food system should raise great concerns for conservatives. Even the smallest acts of resistance to corporate-governmental collaboration on policy and nutritional guidelines are crucial to recovering local culture and will nurture ability to either govern or to resist centralized government.
By John Schwenkler
The American Conservative 2008-06-30
Growing number of urbanites, concerned about rising food prices, drugs and diseases and factory farm practices buy whole sides of beef for $750 and up. Then they face learning curve on chest freezers, butchers' paper, and what part of cow makes steak and what part makes ground round.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2008-06-17
With nearest water cooler a 10-minute walk away, undocumented and pregnant grape field worker in California collapses and later dies of heat exhaustion. Governor promises justice. State has most stringent heat laws in U.S., requiring water, shade and rest breaks. In 2007, more than half of employers audited were violating rules; 200 inspectors are responsible for auditing millions of employers.
By Sasha Khokha
KQED; National Public Radio 2008-06-06
As food, fuel prices climb, states and nonprofit groups find ways aid urban poor. In New York, $500,00 from health department funds Veggie Mobile, which delivers produce to residents in Troy, Albany and Schenectady at dramatic savings with more selection and fresher options; others use community supported agriculture, like Iowa's Farm to Folk; traditional grocers beginning to respond to need and earning potential.
By Valerie Bauman
The Associated Press; Newsday 2008-06-07
Factory farming has turned animal husbandry into animal abuse, and new administration should consider regulating farm pollution as rigorously as other industries, phasing out confinement systems, banning antibiotics used for growth, and robust use of antitrust laws to encourage more competition.
The New York Times 2008-05-31
In reaction to wasteful use of land and suspicions about food sources, guerrilla gardeners plant without approval on land that's not theirs. The movement, part beautification, part eco-activism, part social outlet, turns neglected public space and vacant lots into floral or food outposts. First two requirements: sun and water source.
By Joe Robinson
Los Angeles Times 2008-05-29
We may be a busy nation, but the same American who has just 30 minutes for the kitchen is somehow finding 240 minutes each day to watch TV. If we're serious about reclaiming control of our food from industrial companies and giving food the priority it deserves, the kitchen is where we have to start.
By Paul Roberts
Los Angeles Times 2008-05-21
Cutting food costs starts with buying store brands, then branches out: Buy less, waste less; buy a breadmaker and bake your own; make your own spreads, dips, pasta sauces and soups; avoid prepared bags of salad; grow arugula at home; buy staples in bulk; try local markets for fruits and vegetables.
By Jill Papworth
The Guardian (UK) 2008-05-17
As European countries mount focused campaigns against childhood obesity, American efforts founder at the top. The 2009 budget ends a $75 million program to help schools and communities expand physical-education offerings; USDA pushes a low-fat diet, but supports Pizza Hut's stuffed crust pizza. Foundations, state and local governments and local groups attempt to provide leadership.
By Susan Levine and Lori Aratani
The Washington Post 2008-05-19
As part of a five-day series on childhood obesity in The Washington Post (click 'See also'), the presidential candidates were asked how they would address the problem. Excerpts: *Hillary Clinton: Ban junk food in schools, install universal school breakfast plan, double summer feeding program, implement a healthy schools program that funds replacing all unhealthy food with healthy food in schools by 2012, increase funding for physical education, voluntary guidelines for food industry. *Barack Obama: Coordinate and collaborate across departments, ensure adequate resources, expand and accelerate research on prevention and treatment, support nutrition and physical activity grant programs, support public health and advocacy groups, finalize voluntary food and beverage advertising guidelines and if they're not effective, make them mandatory. *John McCain: Teach children and their parents about child health, healthier meals at home and exercise as a family activity, nutrition education and more physical education at school, diet and fitness guidance by health-care providers, healthy food options for schools, adequate funding for physical education, prevention and maintenance as part of basic health care plans, appropriate and informative food labeling, and voluntary standards for food makers.
The Washington Post 2008-05-17
Candidate John McCain, in speech, imagines achievements as president, including: better nutritional content of school lunches; declining obesity and diet-related disease rates among the young; installation of temporary worker program; new free trade accords; elimination of U.S. tariffs on agricultural imports; phase-out of unneeded farm subsidies; and end of world food crisis.
By John McCain (transcript)
The Washington Post 2008-05-15
Reducing food, water waste - estimated at 30 percent of food production worth about $48.3 billion, and up to half the water - must be part of the political agenda, say authors of report for UN. Effective conservation strategy aids farmers, business, ecosystems, and the hungry.
By Stephanie Blenckner
Stockholm International Water Institute 2008-05-14
Great cooking requires good farming and a healthy environment, because care required for sustainable agriculture yields good flavor and nutrition. To increase demand for good food, we must consider cost per nutrient value, not cost per quantity. Small farms are not a nostalgic notion; the high cost of oil requires a graceful move into a post-industrial agriculture economy.
By Dan Barber
The New York Times 2008-05-11
Cooperative of farmers, ranchers, with $88,000 USDA grant, aims to reduce obstacles of getting local products onto school lunch trays. Co-op will act as order/collection/distribution center for up to 60 growers. Growers will be the sole shareholders; if project succeeds, it could be used as model. One ranch already sells kiwis at a loss because kids' response so encouraging; will join in hopes of turning a profit.
By Natalie Ragus
The Lompoc Record 2008-04-30
Up to three million New Yorkers live in communities with high rates of diet-related disease and a dearth of supermarkets (click 'See also' for study). Many residents spend food budget at pharmacies, which sell processed foods and sodas, then medicines for diet-related ills. City could support another 100 grocers; planning director calls situation a health crisis.
By David Gonzalez
The New York Times 2008-05-05
American agriculture must chart course away from factory farming to reverse environmental and human health problems, Pew panel says. Experts, in two-year study, probed quantity and impact of animal sewage on waterways and soil; human health implications of antimicrobials used for animal growth; impact of factory farms on rural life; and welfare of animals. For report, click 'See also.'
By H. Josef Hebert
The Associated Press; San Francisco Chronicle 2008-04-29
Massachusetts bakers, looking for local wheat source but unable to convince farmers to take the chance, persuade 50 customers to rip up their lawns to grow wheat test plots. In two years' time, they hope to tell the farmers which varieties grow best in Northeast - meanwhile, they envision volunteer harvesters on bicycles, bearing scythes.
By Tina Antolini
National Public Radio 2008-04-28
Presidential candidates are missing opportunity to put food at the center of their green plans, to support beginning farmers and to champion communities' efforts, nationwide, to build local food sources including farmers' markets and edible gardens. Neither candidate has dared to address the farm/food bill and how it could catalyze a truly green economy.
By Anna Lappé
As tomatoes are shipped from California to Massachusetts and back, and landfills burp methane from discarded food, Bon Appetit introduces to its food-service clients a diet featuring local produce, less meat and reduced portions. It hopes to increase efficiency, reduce emissions and persuade its parent, the food-service giant Compass Group, to follow.
By Kenneth R. Weiss
Los Angeles Times 2008-04-22
With a backdrop of widespread food riots, ballooning prices and countries scrambling to feed themselves, export partners be damned, the one thing in our power is our own diet. It takes about five pounds of grain to produce a single pound of beef. Reducing meat consumption is as meaningful as using compact fluorescent bulbs or cloth shopping bags - it's time to start.
By Brandon Keim
Retired FEMA worker realizes vision in 40 acres of volunteer-grown watermelons, cantaloupes, green beans, beets, turnips, onions, corn, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, okra and lima beans - for charity. 'If we don't do something, then we're not going to close this poverty. Obesity. Diabetes. It's a gap we're not even trying to zero in on.' He says youthful volunteers 'almost through sensing it,' know the hungry kids in class.
By Jackie Spinner
The Washington Post 2008-04-13
Tennessee legislature considers bill that would require labeling and public notice for any meat or milk from cloned animals, or for any genetically altered or modified foods or ingredients for human consumption. If passed, law would take effect in January, 2009.
Tennessee General Assembly 2008-04-11
British chef Jamie Oliver looks to scrimping of World War II and begins program to aid in return to cooking and basics. First target town is Rotherham, where mothers once passed junk food through fences to children unhappy with his school food improvements. 'If we can get people in one town cooking, I want to establish a blueprint that can get people cooking across the whole country this year.'
By Owen Gibson
The Guardian (UK) 2008-03-29
Diversified organic family farm is renegade in windswept South Dakota, the 'lunatic fringe of the Corn Belt,' where industrial agriculture prevails. Expert says this is model for future, because it works on improbable - and ideal - farmland: 'Pay farmers to reduce synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Pay them to enhance wildlife, diversity their crops, build soil and restore wetlands. Pay them to develop local markets for their products, especially fresh food.'
By Sam Hurst
Gourmet magazine 2008-04-01
Striving to create a metropolis that can feed itself, garden activists target the 5,000-plus private- and city-owned vacant sites in San Francisco as sites of temporary, volunteer-tended organic gardens. Landowners wouldn't be charged, produce would go to local food banks and maybe to farmers' markets. Skeptics wonder about water sources and hidden costs.
By Matthew Green
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-03-22
Wal-Mart decides to carry milk only from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone. Kroger now sells only milk made without the hormone, rBST. Safeway has switched its in-store brands to non-rBST milk; Starbucks now uses only non-rBST milk. In 2006, 18 percent of dairy cows were injected with the milk-increasing hormone, USDA says.
By Janet McFarland
The Globe and Mail (Canada) 2008-03-22
Our homogenized domestic landscape is mirrored in the runaway demand for, and planting of, corn. As manufacturing disappears and the food supply chain dwindles, why not reintroduce farmland? Purposeful reclamation of urban and suburban lands for return to agriculture is serious fodder for artists, architects and academics.
By Allison Arieff
The New York Times 2008-03-19
Percy Schmeiser, the farmer who sued Monsanto Canada over rogue Roundup Ready canola plants he found growing in his field in 2005, settles the case. It was the latest in a continuing battle between the 77-year-old farmer and the agribusiness giant. The farmer was found by court to have planted Monsanto's patented seeds in 1998 without paying its required fee.
By Murray Lyons
The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) 2008-03-19
Parents switch from hard plastic baby bottles after reports questioning safety of chemical used in their manufacture. In tests on animals, the chemical, called bisphenol A, or BPA, shows hormone-like effects on the reproductive system. Sales of glass baby bottles boom.
By Lisa A. Flam
The Associated Press; The Guardian (UK) 2008-03-13
'Diet globalization' means demand for pork in Russia, beef in Indonesia and dairy in Mexico. Home-cooked food is out, fast food is in. Farmers, producing flat-out, are happily uncertain of what to plant, since nearly every commodity crop is going up. Rising food prices are fueling inflation in U.S., social unrest and riots in other countries. Grain stockpiles are at lowest levels in decades; investors bet on scarcity and high prices.
By David Sreitfeld
The New York Times 2008-03-09
Faith-based investors' group launches web campaign (click 'See also') to boycott genetically modified sugar beets, citing 'weak governmental review and oversight, and the lack of long-term, independent and peer-reviewed safety studies.' Pre-written letter for visitors to send to food companies urges public opposition to unlabeled GM sugar from Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets. Environmental groups have filed lawsuit to prevent spring planting.
By Chris Jones
Food Navigator 2008-03-05
Appetite of growing middle class in China, India for meat and processed food is more immediate threat than climate change, says UK scientific adviser, a student of chaos theory. Global food security requires a substantial investment in modern agriculture and irrigation. Higher food prices force poor to even less-balanced diets, with short- and long-term health consequences.
By Roger Highfield
The Telegraph (Great Britain) 2008-03-06
Republicans John McCain and Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont part ways on subsidy program that has paid Vermont farmers more than $50 million since it began in 2002. The governor says it belongs in the rewrite of the farm/food bill; in 2001, Senator McCain voted against it. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both say they support subsidy extension.
By Sam Hemingway
Burlington Free Press (VT) 2008-02-20
Michael Pollan, author of 'In Defense of Food,' analyzes a few candidates' food policy: Barack Obama - calculatedly vague, but somebody there understands the link between public health and agriculture. Hillary Clinton - supported local agriculture and farm-to-school programs in New York, but the Clintons have deep roots in agribusiness. Mike Huckabee - does he understand obesity in a systemic way or as a personal triumph? John Edwards - had called for a moratorium on feedlots, a single food safety agency and his adviser on agriculture was an organic farmer.
By Rebekah Denn
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2008-02-15
Barack Obama says that inadequacy of food recall process is clear, since most Hallmark/Westland beef recalled had already been eaten. He says that if elected, he will hire more federal food inspectors and ask the USDA whether federal food safety laws need to be strengthened. He says that as a parent, 'there are few issues more important to me than ensuring the safety of the food that our children consume.'
With nation's largest beef recall under way, Hillary Clinton details the food safety plan she would pursue if elected. It includes increasing USDA food safety funding by more than 50 percent, creation of a Food Safety Administration, granting safety agencies recall authority, creation of a national tracing system, and prosecution of production facilities that allow unsafe food to enter our food supply.
Tarmac-sitting and stories of flight delays don't change the notion of 'reasonable' quantity of food for a 10-month old, couple learns after airport security officer confiscates a jar of prunes, a jar of bananas and one serving of formula. Told they would need a 'doctor's note' to take more, both dad and mom pointed out that they were physicians - and filed a complaint.
By Joe Sharkey
The New York Times 2008-02-19
As shoppers ask questions, retailers join consumer groups and lawmakers to call for labeling and/or government tracking of milk and meat from clones and progeny. The FDA says neither labeling nor disclosure is needed though science is imperfect. Without labeling, critics say, problems wouldn't be linked to the technology. The European Food Safety Authority says suffering of deformed clones and surrogate mothers is too great to justify cloning for food.
By Bernadette Tansey
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-02-18
British officials consider modifying law to reduce public knowledge of biotech test field locations. Last summer, vandals damaged field of genetically modified potatoes. Anti-GM activists have linked to European groups that share tactics on gaining access to fields; crop trashings are on upswing in France and Germany as farmers grow more GM crops.
By Ian Sample
The Guardian (UK) 2008-02-16
In New Orleans, Barack Obama tells elementary school crowd he favors chocolate milk over strawberry, and at Dooky Chase's Creole restaurant, he douses his gumbo with hot sauce before he tastes it - while the owner looks straight ahead. For the restaurant's Creole Gumbo recipe, click on 'See also.'
The Associated Press; National Public Radio 2008-02-09
Thirty-three cent tax per bag helps Ireland kick the plastic bag habit. Now groceries might be stowed in backpacks or in reusable cloth bags brought out from trunks, and the crinkly and ubiquitous symbol of modern life is socially unacceptable. A similar tax has been proposed on chewing gum, which dots Dublin's sidewalks.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal
The New York Times 2008-02-03
Farmer sues Monsanto in Canadian small claims court for about $600, the cost of removing the agribusiness giant's genetically modified oilseed rape plants found in a field he was planting in 2005. "No corporation should have the right to introduce GM seeds or plants into the environment and not be responsible for it," says Percy Schmeiser, calling the unwanted plants "pollution."
By David Adam
The Guardian (UK) 2008-01-22
With conflict resolution groups and anti-gang interventions, there are breakfast programs (it's hard to fight when you're eating well), and those efforts in Ontario have received a $7.7 million boost from the federal government.
The Canadian Press 2008-01-10
Eating locally makes sense in the summertime, when tomatoes are ripe in Jersey, or the dates are golden in California. But in Ohio during winter? Herewith, a distovore's meal in which each component collected frequent flyer miles before they were gathered from Whole Foods.
By Joel Stein
Time magazine 2008-01-10
If New Yorkers go berserk when their neighborhood coffee shop closes and suicides go up as Australian mining denudes the landscape so gardens won't grow, our reaction to global warming likely will be pervasive and savage sadness, philosopher says.
By Clive Thompson
Wired magazine 2007-12-20
Engineering students advocate using old cooking oil from Illinois university's residence hall kitchens as vehicle fuel for shuttle buses. They say the move could save money and reduce carbon emissions; effort has tentative backing of the school.
By Brian Cox
Chicago Tribune 2007-12-24
Moving into health consciousness, France bans smoking in cafes, bars, restaurants and discos, but change won't be enforced until after New Year's celebrations. The decision, which doesn't include open-air terraces or pavement tables, follows similar bans in Britain, Italy, Ireland and Spain.
BBC News 2007-12-28
In 2008, expect debate on: food safety; getting processed, packaged foods out of public schools after Senate killed amendment to its farm/food bill that would have limited them; regaining our joy in food and eating; the definition of "natural;" processed-food nutrition ranking systems, raw milk, and the end of cheap food, worldwide.
By Terri Coles
Look for the foodie culture to mesh with an obsessive quest for provenance as organic is supplanted by local, and haute gets hot in the frozen food department. Meanwhile, the processed food industry trumpets benefits of white bread, and those in the fats industries suggest a return to real mayonnaise, and to the taste of real butter.
By J.M. Hirsch
The Associated Press; Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2007-12-18
Baltimore's public garden guru, Miriam Avins, wins $48,750 grant from George Soros' foundation to facilitate urban gardens. Gardens, she says, improve communities' eating habits, strengthen neighborhoods by gathering residents together for work and help the environment by reducing water runoff.
By Adam Bednar
Baltimore Messenger 2007-11-28
Dutch restaurant/lab loaded with hidden cameras, "face readers," secret scales and scent producers examines what makes us eat and drink the way we do. The $4 million venture is effort of university; Sodexho, a food service company; a kitchen equipment maker; and monitoring system manufacturer.
By Marlise Simons
The New York Times 2007-11-26
As presidential candidates don hard hats and admire ethanol plants in Iowa, farmers, up to their ears in a bumper crop of corn that spanned a third of the state's surface, wonder what they have done wrong and why public opinion has turned against them.
By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post 2007-11-23
European Union reconsiders "Made in the EU" label for food and drink but not for meat. Critics say the proposal lacks specifics of country and transportation required. Initial proposal, in 2004, was rejected by UK, Germany and the Netherlands because it would cost too much.
By Jochen Luypaert
Business Week Online 2007-11-20
Google Earth moves companies, activists to plot links to the sources of our food, as does Dole with a brand of organic bananas, or to the sources of our electricity by ZIP code, as does Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit that fights mountaintop removal coal mining.
By Kevin J. Delaney
Wall Street Journal 2007-11-15
If the farm/food bill passes, it will be a triumph of farm lobbies and politics. But reform movement gathered disparate groups like never before: the conservative Heritage Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the food-aid group Oxfam, and the Bush administration, among others.
By Amanda Paulson
The Christian Science Monitor 2007-11-16
Families find that one-stop, big-box shopping doesn't provide us best variety, prices or healthful options, so we're spending more time traveling and buying - paper towels at Sam's Club, chicken breasts, soy burgers, frozen vegetables and microwaveable brown rice at the natural foods store, and milk on the way home at the 7-Eleven.
By Janice Podsada
The Hartford Courant 2007-11-04
After North Carolina decides to dye raw milk gray to discourage human consumption, a legislator begins work on a bill that would halt the plan; new bill would follow one that would legalize dairy shares, which allow customers to buy part ownership in a milk-producing animal so they can have raw milk.
By Suzanne Nelson
The Independent Weekly (NC) 2007-10-31
Citing ills of industrial farming, pollution, and epidemics of obesity and diabetes, reform-minded citizens react to status-quo farm/food bill with emotions ranging from disappointment to fury, while faintly applauding increased funds for produce farmers, organic farming, conservation, and fruits and vegetables for schoolchildren.
By Carol Ness
San Francisco Chronicle 2007-11-01
With the blogworld as our oyster, anyone with a yen and a computer can serve it forth, and here's how, but remember that the best ones have a strong point of view, nice art, an easy way with words and something more profound to say than "here's what I ate or cooked."
By Regina Schrambling
Los Angeles Times 2007-10-31
Japan's squeaky-clean image slips after candy manufacturer admits recycling old red bean paste for new rice cakes and earlier allegations of mixed meats mislabeled as pure ground beef; officials vow to prosecute but citizens feel unsettled and even worry about authenticity and safety of sushi, shark's fin and marbled beef, the nation's iconic dishes.
By Hiroko Tabuchi
The Associated Press 2007-10-26
As China's economy booms, its military hires dietitians and the soldier's diet improves in quality and variety; rice and wheat consumption drops as that of animal protein goes up, and Mao's time of troops' digging wild vegetables seems distant.
China Daily 2007-10-05
Long used in China, integrated aquaculture, with fish waste fertilizing certain plants and fish sold at market, now attractive to researchers and entrepreneurs in Australia; barramundi and Murray cod enrich lettuce, bok choy and herbs.
By Mary-Lou Considine
ECOS magazine; sciencealert.com 2007-08-29
College, university cafeterias in Maine remove trays and see reduction in food waste; schools also institute buying locally, sending food waste to pig farms, composting scraps, buying in bulk and limiting seafood to species that are not vulnerable to overfishing.
By Ann S. Kim
Portland Press-Herald (ME) 2007-09-24
When Alice Waters makes a meal from the farmers' market, it's clear she believes that a luscious meal has transformative powers, and she writes about those powers in "The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons and Recipes From a Delicious Revolution"
By Kim Severson
The New York Times 2007-09-19
To determine your environmental footprint of those restaurant dinners and other lifestyle choices, play this game from American Public Media.
By Christopher Kennedy, Michael Skoler and others
American Public Media and Realtime Associates, Inc. 2007-09-19
Crete, once home to ultra-healthful Mediterranean diet and religion-based fasting, is evolving to suit modern tastes, adding air-conditioned supermarket with apples from Chile - and a hospital that includes a wing for cardiac care, once a rarity on the island.
By Joseph Shapiro
National Public Radio 2007-09-08
Inspired by environmental justice and groups that feed the homeless with surplus food, freegans in New York eschew capitalism and scavenge for groceries in the 50 million pounds of food garbage discarded annually; they favor D'Agostino's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
By Erika Hayasaki
Los Angeles Times 2007-09-11
Indian prison plans to offer inmates new diet, including eggs, soybeans, seasonal vegetables and chutneys, as well as slices of onion and lemon as condiments; cooking classes also contemplated.
The Telegraph (Calcutta, India) 2007-09-03
Jail farm in Massachusetts town becomes unconventional tourist draw as well as place for well-behaved inmates to feel sense of accomplishment while learning the art of tending plants and animals.
By Erin Conroy
Boston Globe 2007-09-01
Keeping the organic label pure may be tough to do as Wal-Mart and other behemoths are ramping up; already the industry is split between true ideals (localism and sustainability, in addition to no pesticides) and those willing to sacrifice for growth.
By Jake Whitney
San Francisco Chronicle 2007-01-28
Target Corporation, in war against Wal-Mart and its industrial organics, sponsors a farmers' market in St. Paul/Minneapolis, but some customers balk at the Archer Farms booth, which is no farm, but the discount store's house brand.
City Pages (MN) 2007-08-23
Long the designated caretakers of the poor and disenfranchised, religious communities find their interests growing toward farming and food production for reasons including humane treatment of animals, fair wages to workers and stewardship of the Earth.
By Joan Nathan
The New York Times 2007-08-22
Near the site of a murder that ripped a North Carolina town apart, the Anathoth Community Garden now grows, the gift of a black woman to a white church, and now the working poor find food at their door, and the town is finding a new peace.
By Fred Bahnson
Orion Magazine 2007-07-01
Austin-based non-profit group adds school gardens and farm-to-fork program to agenda that includes teaching low-income residents garden programs and how to sell produce they grow at farmers' markets.
By Paul Brown
News8Austin (TX) 0000-00-00
Running an organic garden is easy with a large staff, but techniques, detailed in "The Elements of Organic Gardening," by Prince Charles, are simple - good soil, black plastic, and keeping the chickens out.
By Charles Elliott
The New York Times (may require subscription) 0000-00-00
Seattle's Lettuce Link, which teaches gardening, nutrition and cooking to low-income population, helps fill coffers of food pantries and hot meal food banks whose regular donors are on summer vacation.
By Ann Lovejoy
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2007-08-17
As Atlanta grows, community garden plots are feeding the burgeoning appetite for locally grown produce and mingling of cultures; advocacy group partners with administration to open parks for communal plots.
By Elizabeth Lee
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 0000-00-00
Whether in miniscule back yards or near abandoned houses, urban farmers find every sunny spot and put it to use in effort to connect to their food; backyard chicken and egg trend in Salt Lake City is nothing short of coop d'etat.
By Chris Adamson
Salt Lake City Weekly 2007-08-23
For fruit tree owners tired of picking peaches and apples, or plums raining down from their trees, there's Community Fruit Tree Harvest, which connects them to Seattle volunteers who can harvest the fruit and deliver it to local food banks and meal programs.
By Kathy Mulady
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2007-08-19
In groundbreaking presidential report, cancer panel calls down governmental polices that have made fruits and vegetables more expensive and less available, have limited physical education in schools and created an environment that discourages physical activity; food industry with its unhealthy food sales implicated as well.
MSNBC; Reuters 2007-08-16
Three books, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life," "Plenty: One Man, One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally," and "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future," explore the omnivore's dilemma, but only Bill McKibben, in "Deep Economy," looks at global problem.
By Laird Harrison
The News & Observer (NC) 2007-08-19
Trash the idea of generating so much waste when packing and sending lunches with your little students; here's a collection of lunchboxes that keep cold things cold, hot things hot, and kids cool.
By Lisa Davis
Star-Telegram (TX) 2007-08-20
Bumper crops of corn and wheat, great weather, plus rising beef prices and ethanol craze, pump prosperity into midwest town, where big engagement rings are seen as flashy and it's unseemly to eat out twice a day or buy a new truck that isn't a copy of your old one.
By Kevin Helliker
Wall Street Journal; Daily Herald (IL) 0000-00-00
Judging from plastic bottles clogging the landfills and SUVs clogging the highways, the news that we're killing ourselves and our world hasn't kicked in, so that makes "The 11th Hour," an unnerving, surprisingly affecting documentary, essential viewing.
By Manohla Dargis
The New York Times 2007-08-17
Vermont school, working with local farmers and agricultural experts, plants garden designed to feed its 200 students homegrown vegetables at lunchtime, teaching a way of life, not only nutrition or fitness.
By Nicole Orne
Brattleboro Reformer (VT)
Escoffier would be shocked, but Hugo Liu, computer whiz at the MIT Media Lab is shaking up the food world with blend of artificial intelligence and obsession, running recipes through deconstruction computer program and sorting them by emotion.
By Regina Schrambling
Los Angeles Times
Religious groups mobilize around the farm/food bill, speaking of justice and the urgent need to fix broken food system, from nutrition programs and energy policy to farmers and the wellbeing of the people they feed.
By Joe Orso
La Crosse Tribune; Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal 0000-00-00
Humane Society targets Wendy's for its egg-buying choices, comparing it unfavorably to Burger King, which is phasing in cage-free policy; company responds that its interests are focused on welfare of chickens and pigs, the meat of which they buy in larger quantities.
By Monique Curet and Tracy Turner
The Columbus Dispatch
Taking cue from Cuba, Vancouver gardener and agricultural scientist sows seeds of what he hopes will be an urban gardening movement that provides a locally grown alternative to modern and usually distant agribusiness.
By Nicholas Read
Vancouver Sun 2007-08-13
For Toronto, Tokyo and other urban sites, Columbia University professor conceives of vertical farming in tall buildings, with each floor hosting hydroponically grown crops, including grains, as well as small livestock such as pigs.
By Eviana Hartman
Carlo Petrini, guru of Italy-based Slow Food Movement, tells chef and writer of his work with Italian ministry of health to provide locally sourced - and cooked - fresh foods to hospitals.
By Giorgio Locatelli
The Guardian (UK)
Community-supported agriculture provides cash for farmers when they need it for seeds and equipment in the early spring, and fresh produce - from lettuce to pumpkins - for participants throughout the growing season.
By Peggy Grodinsky
Local food advocates trumpet food miles, but the Life Cycle Assessment, with comprehensive accounting of all resources that go into food network, from fertilizer to electricity, offers clearer picture; meanwhile, air shipping is the most fuel-intensive, and the fastest growing sector of food transport.
By Drake Bennett
The Boston Globe
In unusual and win-win partnership between county and charity, inmates farm to benefit Milawaukee's poor, who eat asparagus, corn, cantaloupe and green beans in season, and hunger relief group runs the operation.
By Erica Perez
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Läckeby Water Group join other food, drink producers in UN agreement to use water more efficiently; lack of access to clean water and sanitation undermines humanitarian, social, environmental, and economic goals.
By Ahmed ElAmin
With one-third of U.S. web users (50 million) visiting food sites in May, and recipe searches remaining a top draw for women, advertisers look to connect; sites, including epicurious.com, kraft.com, cookinglight.com, foodnetwork.com, marthastewart.com and allrecipes.com, scramble to offer services.
By Bob Tedeschi
The New York Times (may require subscription)