The LA-based nonprofit Food Forward is using the lessons it learned during the pandemic to expand food assistance into other cities, regions, and communities.
July 17, 2015
Here’s the food news you won’t want to miss this week:
GMO Labeling is at the Center of a Congressional Food Fight (Washington Post)
The House Ag Committee passed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (known by advocates as the Deny Americans the Right to Know–or DARK–Act). The bill would overturn existing state GMO labeling laws and stop state and local governments from regulating any process related to production of GMO crops. It will likely be voted on by the full House before the August recess.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2010, required more inspections and stricter anti-contamination standards, and placed more emphasis on preventing outbreaks rather than on chasing them down after people become sick. But five years later, none of the rules have been implemented and very little of the money is in place to do so.
A zinc deficiency can increase the likelihood of death by all kinds of common diseases.
Washington Company Grinds Up Grocery Waste (KPBS News)
Two former Microsoft executives are turning food waste into organic fertilizer.
Does Agave Hold the Secret to Drought-Resistant Farming? (Scientific American)
The cactus behind tequila is teaching scientists about how to craft more drought-resistant plants.
Another ‘Too Big to Fail’ System in G.M.O.s (The New York Times)
“The G.M.O. experiment, carried out in real time and with our entire food and ecological system as its laboratory, is perhaps the greatest case of human hubris ever,” write the authors, who compare the current food system to the financial system before the 2008 bailout.
Americans can buy their pork for as little as $2.50 per pound, and it’s partly thanks to North Carolina’s Duplin County, the top hog producing county in the country, and one of the highest concentrations of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the world. It is also one of the poorest counties in North Carolina, and it is the poorer rural communities of color that bear the effects of the county’s 2,100 manure-filled open lagoons. (See more on this topic in our recent interview with Barry Estabrook about his book, Pig Tails.)
Greenpeace evaluates major U.S. retailers on the sustainability of their seafood, in four key areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and Red List inventory.
Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where’d You Get Those Microbes? (NPR’s The Salt)
While traditional yogurt makers keep starter cultures smuggled in suitcases, and passed down for generations, not all is made the old-fashioned way. Today, bacteria from one company ferment 40 percent the yogurt sold in America.
How Corn Made its Way into Just About Everything we Eat (The Washington Post)
A comprehensive look at the history of corn in the United States and how it eventually made its way to the center of the American diet.
Chicken Farmers Make the Leap From Factory to Pasture (National Geographic)
Meet a family that made the transition from factory farming to a pasture-based system.
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