All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Chocolate Changing, Fair Trade Slipping, and Trans-Atlantic Trade

Get caught up on some of the top food news of this week.

1. Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says (New York Times)

Just in case we didn’t already know that food waste was a huge international problem, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a daunting report this week that turns up the volume on the message. Read more

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All the News That’s Fit to Eat: A Federal GMO Bill, Peak Farmers Market, & Costco’s Downside

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1. Democratic Lawmakers Unveil Food Label Bill with ‘Top Chef’ Judge (The Hill)

On Thursday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) reintroduced a federal bill that would direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Read more

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Kids on SNAP, Struggling Butterflies, and Drones on Farms

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

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Livestock Research, New Salmonella Rules, and a Tipping Point for School Meals

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

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Whole Grains Get the Axe, ‘Super Bugs’ Price Tag, and Sam Kass Says Goodbye

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