It's been quite the week for food. Here are the top stories that you should know about...
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- Don't mess with Vermont or its maple syrup, McDonald's: "A Sticky Mess for McDonald's" - Clare Leschin-Hoar, Slashfood
- Walmart announced that it will make its packaged foods lower in salt, fat and sugar, as well drop the prices of fruits and vegetables. I recognize that people shop at Walmart for its low prices, and certainly getting people to eat better is a priority, but this just doesn't sit well with me, especially the unexpected and damaging costs of even lower prices on farmers, the land and the environment. Rather than hear my rant, here are other perspectives:
- Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU, offers her comments and concerns to the announcement on NPR and on her blog.
- "Why Walmart's Healthy Foods Plan Takes the Right Approach" - Jane Black, The Atlantic
- "The Meaning of Walmart's Health Foods Announcement" - Corby Kummer, The Atlantic
- "A Letter from the Editor: Walmart" - Dan Flynn, Food Safety News
- "USDA Fires Organic Farming Specialist for Expressing Opinions" - Jeff Deasy, AlterNet.org
- The Los Angeles Unified School District blocked "Food Revolution" star, food advocate and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver from entering area schools and checking out their cafeterias. His next move: "Jamie Oliver Fights L.A. School District with a Bus Full of 'Sugar'" - Jessica Belsky, Change.org/Sustainable Food
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- "More Research Links Pesticides to Honeybee Die-Off" - Sarah Parsons, Change.org/Sustainable Food. Also in bee news: "Top USDA bee research also found Bayer pesticide harmful to honeybees" - Tom Philpott, Grist.org
- Changes are beginning in schools as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. What does it mean for your school district?:
- "USDA Releases New Nutrition Plans for School Meals" - Julie Rooney, Earth Eats/Indiana Public Media
- "USDA Starts Working on New School Food Standards" - Marion Nestle, as posted on The Atlantic
- "Monsanto's latest farmwashing ad campaign debuts" - Kerry Trueman, Grist.org
- "The Green Plate: What every meat eater should know about humane certifications" - Vanessa Barrington, EcoSalon
- Monroe, Conn. made headlines recently for a "right to farm" ordinance, which would protect farmers, their land and their operations from neighbor complaints and potential development sprawl. More information also available here.