Archive for September, 2013

Food News Fast – September 30, 2013

Food News Fast – September 30, 2013

The temporary extension of the Farm Bill ends at midnight tonight. [Radio Iowa] Are consumers driven to purchase more expensive, local or organic products through idealism or hatred for conventional agriculture? [Food Navigator] Company Thompson & Morgan in the UK have unveiled the first commercially available “TomTato” plant – tomatoes on top and potatoes on the bottom. [The Guardian] MacArthur Genius David Lobell is trying to find sustainable solutions for agriculture by looking at the Earth […]

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September 30, 2013 at 12:17 pmFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – Open-Source HAACP Program

Food Fund Friday – Open-Source HAACP Program

Under current state and federal laws, food growers and manufacturers must have Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points or HACCP plans in place as a preventative measure against foodborne illness or contamination. Everyone who wants to sell fish, meat, produce, juice, or school food is required to draw up a HAACP plan and pay for verification from an outside party that it’s working. Originally developed in the 1960s in a joint effort between the Pillsbury Corporation […]

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September 27, 2013 at 11:38 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food News Fast – September 26, 2013

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Chinese chicken may have found a way around the school food program’s Buy American rule. [Food Safety News] Two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year. [New York Times] Could commodity farming, in the long run, be a no profit enterprise? [Mother Jones] Underground Meats wants to create the first ever open-source HAACP certification program. [Food Safety News] Don’t throw food away, use it to feed people. Just look at Arthur Hamilton and […]

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September 26, 2013 at 11:17 amFood News Fast News

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Eagle Street Farms

Rows of staked peppers at Eagle St Farm
[Monica Johnson]

Situated among the hipsters and ever-expanding condos, a 6000 square foot rooftop farm thrives atop a film and television studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Founded in 2009, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is the first commercial rooftop farm in New York City. The first few seasons, Eagle Street grew a little bit of everything, but now focuses on hot peppers, kale, lettuce mixes, herbs, and hot sauce that is sold to local restaurants and at markets. Earlier […]

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September 25, 2013 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Photo Essay – Smile, You’re at the Fair

Photo Essay – Smile, You’re at the Fair

Accompanying the feature story, “Smile, You’re at the Fair!” this photo essay by Tove K. Danovich looks at the pieces of the modern County Fair as something both based in agricultural tradition and entirely new. Taken on August 20, 2013, the opening day of the Dutchess County Fair, they tell a story of a summertime tradition so familiar to us in the United States. 4-H Club competition ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 31 The […]

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September 24, 2013 at 10:27 amCulture Multimedia

Smile, You’re at the Fair!

Smile, You’re at the Fair!

For more on the Dutchess County Fair, visit this accompanying photo essay, also hosted on Food Politic.  On the opening day of the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY cotton candy is in the air. As you give your $15 to the ticket taker and breeze past the gateway—food to the left and carnival rides to the right—the smell is overwhelming. It’s a mixture of horse and dust and burnt sugar, some grease added in […]

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September 24, 2013 at 8:00 amFeatures

News Roundup: $40 Billion Cut from SNAP

Where has all the SNAP money gone?
[Flickr]

In yet another disastrous turn of events for the Farm Bill, House Republicans pushed through a bill that would cut $40 billion from the food stamp budget. The final vote of 217 to 210 along with a veto threat from President Obama makes this bill “a monumental waste of time” as Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Democrat-controlled Senate Agriculture Committee, said. Enrollment in SNAP, as the program is called, has doubled since 2004. Often thought […]

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September 23, 2013 at 1:12 pmNews

Washington’s I-522: When The Right to Know Isn’t Enough

Millions Against Monsanto

On November 5, 2013, Washington State’s voters will decide whether to pass I-522 into law. This measure would “require foods produced entirely or partly with genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale in Washington, beginning in July 2015,” according to the  ballot summary. Per usual, Dupont and Monsanto have donated over $8 million to the “No on I-522” campaign. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has given nearly $1 million […]

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September 19, 2013 at 10:43 amNews

Chipotle’s New Ad Shows Too Few Facts, Too Much Pure Imagination

Screenshot from "The Scarecrow"

During the 2011 Grammy’s, Chipotle made a splash with their advertisement detailing how a industry-turned animal farmer goes “Back to the Start.” Two years later, they’ve done it again. Released last Wednesday, Chipotle’s new ad purports to take on Big Ag – not so much the farmers themselves as the companies that control them. But corporate control of the food system is only a veneer on this video. What this 3-minute adver-film is good at […]

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September 18, 2013 at 9:48 amFood News Fast News

Food News Fast – September 17, 2013

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After controversy over lean finely textured beef (affectionately dubbed “pink slime”) caused many schools to rethink adding it to their lunches, it’s back! Seven states which account for a fifth of total public school enrollment ordered $2 million dollars worth of pink slime for the upcoming school year. [Huffington Post] Photographer Tomas Munita documents life inside the Fukushima evacuation zone where people, farms, and environment all continue to suffer the effects. [New York Times] Oregon […]

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September 17, 2013 at 11:45 amFood News Fast News