Here’s your recommended weekly allowance of food politics news.
1. One in Five U.S. Children Now Rely on Food Stamps: Census Data (Reuters)
According to federal census data, the number of children living in households that rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) jumped to 16 million last year, surpassing the number that was recorded before the recession. The data also revealed that 27 percent of the children in this country were living with single parents last year, and more than half of those were getting assistance. Read more
We’re wrapping up the week with the following food news from across the U.S.
1. U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit (New York Times)
About two hours outside of Omaha, Nebraska, lies the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, a hub under the purview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) whose purpose is to figure out how to make meat production more profitable for farmers. Read more
Here’s what caught our eye this week. Stay warm out there; only 63 days ’til spring!
1. USDA Approves Monsanto’s New GMO Soybeans, Cotton (Reuters) Read more
Happy new year! We hope you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday season. We’re kicking off 2015 with these stories from the world of food and agriculture.
1. FoodCorps’ Debra Eschmeyer Joins ‘Let’s Move’ As New Executive Director (Politico) Read more
In case you missed these any of this week’s top food news stories, here’s our take.
1. Carl’s Jr. to Roll Out ‘Natural’ Burger (USA Today)
Rain or shine, we’re serving up the week’s food news. Here’s what caught our attention:
1. The World’s Most Powerful Chef Hangs up His Apron (Politico)
As White House Chef Sam Kass prepares to retire, the Obamas aren’t just losing a chef, “the Obama administration is set to lose its behind-the-scenes food policy general,” writes Politico’s Helena Bottemiller Evich. Kass, who has been instrumental in preventing the GOP from completely degrading recent school lunch improvements (see below), is relocating to New York City just one year before school lunch reauthorization is set to take place. “Food and agriculture insiders are anxious to see where Kass goes next—he’s expected to stay engaged as he works on nutrition issues from the private sector—but they are even more curious to know who will replace him,” writes Evich. Read more
Animal rights activists and poultry farmers are often at odds. But, increasingly, the two camps are starting to work together. In the video below, which was released today as part of Compassion in World Farming (CWF)’s Better Chicken Campaign, Leah Garces, the U.S. director of the UK-based organization, gets invited to tour the farm of Craig Watts, a contract poultry producer for Perdue. Read more
We hope you’ll think of Civil Eats in your year-end giving.
This has been a big year for us. After our successful Kickstarter campaign late last year, we brought on a paid managing editor, started paying our contributors, and expanded our readership. We were named the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Publication of the Year and two of our stories were included in Best Food Writing 2014. We’re also reaching more people than ever thanks to our new media partnerships with TIME.com, Harvest Public Media, and Bay Area Bites. Read more
We’re pretty sure you’re all as busy as we are, but take a break and get caught up here with this week’s food news.
1. 250,000 Farmworkers Protected from Deportation by Obama’s Executive Order (Politics of the Plate)
“The United States became a more food secure nation last night after President Obama issued an order that would prevent deportation of up to five million immigrant workers—including at least 250,000 who are toil in the fields to feed us,” writes Barry Estabrook on his site, where he includes United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez’s comments from a press release: “The President’s action will allow at least 250,000 of America’s current professional farm workers who feed our nation to apply for temporary legal status and work permits. Read more