When Kirkwood School staff called KSDK NewsChannel 5 earlier this year to confirm that the stranger who'd wandered on campus was actually a reporter and to prevent a full-blown lockdown, they couldn't get an answer. Turns out, everyone was out to lunch.
The government can't tell people what they can eat, but a new USDA program gives incentive to eat healthy. The Washington Post explains changes in SNAP (the new name for food stamps) that will reward people for eating fruits and vegetables. Participants will receive 30 cents for every dollar they sp ... More >>
Animal rights group infiltrates dairy, releases undercover video of animal abuse. (ABC News)Mayors place Superbowl food bets. Guess who's wagering spicy shrimp. (Indianapolis Star)A firing and a lawsuit over one slice of cheese. (BBC)Germain-Robin Distillery's long history of small batches ... More >>
bluefin tuna sellsfor 16 million-plus yennot many fish left(AP, via New York Times)
Study officially links fructose syrup to obesity and diabetes. (Times Online)Companies don't keep promise to push healthy food to kids, but Campbell's is reducing the sodium in SpaghettiOs. (Los Angeles Times, Associated Press)A look at the Le Fooding festival in Paris. (New York Times Mag ... More >>
Food companies give excuses for the amount of air in packaging. (The New York Times)Coffee doesn't have a sobering effect. (BBC)There's a new wine club. In a British high school. (New York Daily News)Florida oranges are shrinking. (Bloomberg.com)University of Virginia class experiment finds ... More >>
Michigan blueberry producer under fire for child labor violations. (NPR)Company recalls Wal-Mart and Kroger store brand dairy products. (Associated Press)How to increase food production 70% in 40 years. (The New York Times)Humanely-raised veal? Is that possible? (Washington Post)Competitive ... More >>
How to fail at the food co-op. (The New York Times)Oyster ban threatens industry. (MSNBC)Name that Halloween candy. (Epicurious.com)A look at Yuengling Beer's 180 years of brewing. (ABC News)Missouri wine sales increase. (KOMU-TV)
Proposed Atlantic fishing ban scares sea captains, sellers. (WESH - TV)New book tells readers how to drink like Norm. (Baltimore Sun)Ice goes epicurean. (Los Angeles Times)Smart Choice pulls food labels. (Washington Post)Food sustainability leads to amateur butchering classes. (New York Tim ... More >>
Fast food moratorium probably won't solve obesity problem, even as Burger King redesigns to bring people closer. (Los Angeles Times, Advertising Age)Michael Pollan's readers share their eating rules. (The New York Times)New York Times disses southern fried chicken. Civil War II commences. ... More >>
Studies show that family dinners curb adolescent drug abuse. No study yet on the effects of study-induced guilt. (The New York Times)Big food website offers food bloggers cash to shut down. (The Los Angeles Times)New Missouri Department of Agriculture program aims to help small farmers and ... More >>
Supervalu, the parent company of Shop 'n Save, recalls frozen mac and cheese for listeria contamination. (Associated Press)Marion Nestle has some ideas for improving school lunches. So do Whole Foods and Ann Cooper. (San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times)Peaches top the Environmental Wor ... More >>
A fungus is devastating tomato crops in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. (New York Times)Turkey -- Turkey!!! -- has banned smoking in restaurants and other public places. (AP)A lengthy excerpt from the new memoir by New York Times food critic Frank Bruni. (New York Times)
It's All-Star Day, and Bastille Day, and the food news continues apace...Chipotle is throwing its support behind the documentary Food, Inc. (Reuters)A chef blows up his hands while attempting molecular gastronomy. (The Local, via Eater)Is the parking policy at a new Whole Foods location a step too f ... More >>
The people of North Korea face critical shortages of food, a new U.N. report warns. (AFP)The thriving business of shipping horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. (Salon)Speaking of controversial meat: Canadian restaurants are serving more seal. (New York Times)
The challenge of working in the restaurant and bar industry as a recovering alcoholic. Good article. (New York Times)Zimbabwe faces severe hunger issues despite increased crop yields. (AFP)Superstar Chicago chef Grant Achatz sells his memoirs. (New York Times)
Creve Coeur-based Monsanto faces lower profits and imminent layoffs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)The FDA warns that pistachios from the salmonella outbreak earlier this year are being repackaged and sold. (Reuters)Will the recession-busting deals at T.G.I. Friday's and other mid-level chain restaurants ... More >>
New FDA head Margaret Hamburg meets the press for the first time since being confirmed. (New York Times)A new U.N. report finds that crop prices have fallen with the global recession -- but should still rise over the next decade. (New York Times)Beginning in 2011, any food that uses the cochineal bu ... More >>
A new report finds that chicken is the leading source for food poisoning in the U.S. (New York Times)The U.N. looks at how to tackle the food and climate crises together. (Reuters)Too busy -- or lazy -- to walk from your cubicle to the office kitchen? You need the new desktop microwave. (CNet)
A rise in food prices could be on the way, thanks to shortages of corn and soybeans. (AP)The growing trend of foraging and exchanging fruit within neighborhoods and communities. (New York Times)A new test to identify food tainted with melamine more quickly. (New York Times)
A new study suggests a link between childhood obesity and food allergies. (New York Times)The plant that shipped salmonella-tainted pistachios knew about the salmonella, the FDA reports. (AP)The growing number of small slaughterhouses where you can choose your meat before it's killed. It's not a loc ... More >>
An Illinois company recalls nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination. (New York Times)The federal government wants foreign countries to repeal bans on U.S. meat tied to H1N1 flu fears. (Reuters)Daniel Carasso, the man who popularized yogurt, has passed away. (New York ... More >>
Food firms decide consumers must take ultimate responsibility for the safety of their foods. (New York Times)Mexican government officials chow down on pork to show that the meat doesn't pose a health risk. (AP)Frank Bruni is stepping down as New York Times restaurant critic. (AP)The always charming ... More >>
The New York Times attempts to sum up all the recent food-safety scares.The EPA bans the pesticide carbofuran. (AP)A man sues Burger King for getting his order wrong and including tomatoes, onions and pickles. (Virginian-Pilot, via Eater)
Margaret Hamburg, the Obama administration's nominee to head the FDA, has a positive reception before a Senate committee. (New York Times) The number of people facing hunger in the world will number one billion this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg) KFC suspends its free chicken promotio ... More >>
The U.S. pork industry really wishes we'd call it something other than swine flu. (New York Times)Canada readies a protest of the new country-of-origin labeling (or COOL) law. (AP)The big business of inventing "new" cuts of beef. (New York Times)
Damn you Internet. For the second time in two days, you've brought me a video that makes me want to cry. Yesterday it was Susan Boyle, the Scottish woman who looked like a lamb to the slaughter on Britain's Got Talent, but whose gorgeous voice poleaxed Simon Cowell and restored my faith that sometim ... More >>
Georgia rallies around its beloved peanut, salmonella outbreak be damned. (New York Times)The stark realities facing chain restaurants during the recession. (New York Times)From the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept.: North Korea accuses South Korea of food poisoning its soccer team prior to a World ... More >>
A U.N. official warns that tightened credit markets could lead to another spike food costs. (Wall Street Journal)American chefs are going ga-ga over the Mangalitsa, a Hungarian breed of pig. (New York Times)A Smithsonian conference on seafood sustainability urges consuemrs to eat less tuna, salmon a ... More >>
In today's news: Eat less, stock your pantry right and consider the virtues of squirrel meat.
In today's news: guilty pleas in China's melamine scandal, a food crisis in the Gaza Strip and wine sales in the recession.
In today's news: food safety in China (again), the reopening of a kosher meatpacker and even chicken wings are feeling the economic pinch.
Today's news includes more melamine in China, bad news for Robert Mondavi's legacy and the enduring popularity of the White Russian.
It's that time of the day, when you're drowsing at your desk, thinking about how nice it would be to crawl into your own soft bed, pull the duvet over your head to shut out the December grayness and succumb to oblivion. That's when you know it's time for coffee. Oh, coffee... The warmth, the s ... More >>
And Gut Check is back, stuffed nearly to bursting...with news. The FDA today releases a report on its efforts to overhaul its food-safety programs. (New York Times) Restaurants and grocery stores try to find new ways of reducing food waste in light of higher food costs. (Houston Chronicle) Using scr ... More >>
Europe's Food Safety Authority says no, for now, to meat and milk from cloned animals. (New York Times) A Florida congressman wants tomato growers compensated for losses due to the salmonella scare. (Wall Street Journal) The return of the restaurant review in New Orleans. (New York Times) The EPA ... More >>
Farmers worldwide fear this year's harvests may not be good enough to help the global food crisis. (New York Times) Fears of salmonella lead several restaurants and stores to pull tomatoes from their menu and shelves, while the FDA continues to seek the contamination's source. (Washington Post) Re ... More >>
The latest on the United Nations summit on the global food crisis: Many nations are more concerned with defending their own policies. (New York Times) The threat of famine looms over Somalia. (CNN) Monsanto announces plans to engineer seeds that would double crop yields. (New York Times) On a lig ... More >>
Myanmar's government seizes food aid from the United Nations. (CNN) The costs of commodity foods may have reached a plateau, but cheap food isn't returning any time soon. (New York Times) Because Gut Check really doesn't mention Gordon Ramsay enough: Ramsay thinks chefs who use out-of-season produ ... More >>
Farmers are planting fewer acres of corn, which could mean even higher food costs. (AP) On a related note: The number of Americans using food stamps is reaching an all-time high. (New York Times) A little bit of good news for anti-Starbucks coffee geeks: Although Starbucks has bought the high-end ... More >>
www.the-eic.com A report on the rise in the cost of palm and other cooking oils and the severe impact this is having on poor countries. (New York Times) Scientists are beginning to study the long-term effects of E. coli and other forms of food poisoning. (AP) A new study links caffeine consumpti ... More >>
www.csulb.edu Carl Karcher, who founded the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain, has died. He was 90. (Orange County Register) The Zagat family is planning to sell its empire of restaurant-, hotel- and, etc.-rating publications. (New York Times) A professor of food studies studies what emigrants from Ind ... More >>
www.elmonterey.com What's up at the Food Network? Hint: It ain't the ratings. (New York Times) Mike Huckabee can choose any restaurant in New York for lunch. He picks...the Olive Garden. (Serious Eats) Chocolate -- lots of chocolate -- globalization and the Swiss. (New York Times) -Ian Froeb
The long, troubled tale of farmers trying to bring locally raised carrots to school lunches. (New York Times) www.wikimedia.org Speaking of locally raised food: Another look at the locavore movement and whether it really does benefit the environment. (Reuters) A possible conflict of inte ... More >>
I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. www.nndb.com Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>
Did Sept. 11 send Americans running to the nearest bar?