5. Grandma’s Meat Loaf? Hardly. Her Retirement Home Now Has a 3-Star Chef. (The New York Times)
“In a nation where food has become a cultural currency and the baby-boom generation is turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 people a day, it was only a matter of time before expensive ingredients, elevated cooking techniques and old-fashioned food snobbery hit the nursing home,” write the Times‘ Kim Severson. As a generation of well-known chefs reach retirement age, she adds, the assumption that older Americans don’t deserve–or enjoy–healthy creative food is on the way out.
6. How Millenials Spend (The Atlantic)
Gen Y is said to “reward socially responsible companies that they can connect with and that they deem authentic,” and that pattern is especially visible when it comes to their food purchases. According to the Atlantic, this generation is responsible for the rise of brands such as Chipotle or Panera and they have a stronger connection to organic foods, as well.
7. Farmers and Ranchers Help Bring Birds Back From the Brink (The Prairie Star)
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released its 2014 State of the Birds report and with it a strong call for help from farmers and ranchers. Birds, especially those in the increasingly dry western states, face intense pressure from development and drought, and many species are struggling to survive. EDF is working with agriculture groups around the nation to provide a mechanism for farmers and ranchers to get paid for creating and caring for habitat for the birds that are at the most risk.
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