Archive for July, 2013

Japan Resumes US Wheat Imports After a Two Month Ban

Japan Resumes US Wheat Imports After a Two Month Ban

Japan has resumed purchase of US-grown wheat after halting imports nearly two months ago when a rogue strain of genetically modified wheat was found growing in a field in Oregon. Though government agencies are still unsure how the wheat – tested but never approved for field use – got there in the first place, neither the Oregon Wheat Commission nor federal investigators have discovered genetically modified wheat growing unannounced in any other fields. As a […]

Read more ›
July 31, 2013 at 12:42 pmNews

Raise the Wage for Fast Food Workers – Is This a Series of Strikes or the Start of a Movement?

Raise the Wage for Fast Food Workers – Is This a Series of Strikes or the Start of a Movement?

Yesterday marked the beginning of weeklong strikes by fast food workers demanding higher wages in seven cities throughout the United States. Most of the workers are employed by the biggest fast food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s though other in low-paying industries like the retail sector have joined in the cause. In New York City, as many as 500 workers may have gone on strike yesterday in various locations within the five boroughs. […]

Read more ›
July 30, 2013 at 4:10 pmFeatures

Pay 68¢ More for Big Mac and We Could Double Fast Food Workers’ Wages

Pay 68¢ More for Big Mac and We Could Double Fast Food Workers’ Wages

This week, fast food workers across America are staging walk-outs from work, demanding that wages rise to $15 an hour. The right-wing media – and their pals in the lucrative fast food lobbying business – are making a full court press to downplay the validity of workers’ demands. While opponents of fair labor standards typically trot out long debunked canards about how increasing the minimum wage kills jobs – an idea that only exists in […]

Read more ›
July 30, 2013 at 9:16 amPolicy

The Last SNAP Standing: Why So Many Still Need Food Stamps

The Last SNAP Standing: Why So Many Still Need Food Stamps

A new report sheds light on why enrollment in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has not declined despite a slowly improving job market. More importantly, the report illustrates why SNAP is an essential anti-poverty program. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report detailing the effects the current economy has on SNAP enrollment. The general gist of the report is that even though the job market is improving, it still remains relatively weak, keeping […]

Read more ›
July 29, 2013 at 2:32 pmPolicy

A Pesticide Cocktail is Killing Our Bees

A Pesticide Cocktail is Killing Our Bees

If you’re sick, the doctor will ask you what medications you take before handing out a new prescription. The companies behind pesticides and fungicides, unfortunately, are not required to do the same. As the medical community has long been aware, drugs interact with each other. Even something as innocuous as grapefruit can cause certain medicines to build up, potentially leading to lethal doses of common drugs. Yet when we test the chemicals that we spray […]

Read more ›
July 26, 2013 at 1:55 pmNews

WWI Posters Convey the Same Values as Today’s Food Advocates

Gardening programs in schools were held in high esteem by the Department of Education in 1917.

In a time before text alerts and television, posters were a major form of communication between the government and its citizens. At no time was this more apparent than during a crisis. During World War I in particular (but also World War II), food was the most vital way that ordinary people could be both patriotic and supportive of the wars abroad. Interestingly, many of these messages are being sent out by the Good Food […]

Read more ›
July 25, 2013 at 2:52 pmCulture Multimedia

When Urban Planning Fails, Guerrilla Gardening Is The Only Solution

When Urban Planning Fails, Guerrilla Gardening Is The Only Solution

Despite perhaps best intentions, urban planners in major cities have failed to deliver communities with easy and reliable access to food. Case in point – Ron Finley and guerrilla gardening. A native of South Central Los Angeles, Finley describes the experience of living in a food desert – an urban area with little access to fresh, healthy groceries. Overwhelmed with the state of food access within his community, Finley decided to plant fruits and vegetables in any […]

Read more ›
July 24, 2013 at 1:33 pmPolicy

Taco Bell Will Drop Kids Meals in 2014

Taco Bell Will Drop Kids Meals in 2014

In a surprising move yesterday, Taco Bell announced that they will no longer be serving kids meals in their restaurants beginning in the new year. This comes after years of criticism for the fast food industry whose kids meals have never been described as “healthy” by nutritional advocates. In 2010, San Francisco banned toys with kids meals that do not meet basic nutritional guidelines (still far above what any child should be eating on a […]

Read more ›
July 24, 2013 at 3:00 amNews

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

Madisonians know where their food comes from – not because they’re scrutinizing labels or going out to eat – but because they’re digging into their community garden plots and perusing the farmers’ market every Saturday. The Dane County Farmers’ Market stretches around all four sides of the state capitol building, and is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. Vendors make their own cheese curds, produce artisinal pasta and bloody mary mix, pickle mushrooms […]

Read more ›
July 23, 2013 at 2:04 pmMidwest Seasonal Recipes Uncategorized

Pepsi Fined $9 Million for Describing Products as “All Natural”

Pepsi Fined $9 Million for Describing Products as “All Natural”

While the words “all natural” have few standards to back them up, misappropriating them can cost you. That’s what Pepsi recently discovered after a class action suit cost them $9 million for using the words on bottles of their Naked Juice smoothies. Plaintiffs argued that additives like genetically modified soy, Archer Daniels Midland’s Fibersol-2 (“a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent”), and fructooligosaccharides (an alternative sweetener) prohibited the products from being truly “all natural” according to […]

Read more ›
July 22, 2013 at 1:48 pmNews