Longtime local chocolatier Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate (112 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-965-6615) is now selling Fair Trade chocolate. Fair Trade is a nonprofit that helps make sure suppliers in places like the Ivory Coast, where Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate gets all of its cocoa, are paid ... More >>
One of the more intense fights at the Missouri legislature in the final weeks of the session centers on a proposal to reform government regulation of the alcohol industry; it's controversial enough that some lobbyists and lawmakers in Jefferson City now refer to it as the "liquor wars." Critics sa ... More >>
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A federal court has ruled Ohio's milk labeling law unconstitutional. Food Safety News reports that the ruling came after a two-year legal battle over the state's ban on labeling milk as "rbGH free," "rbST free," or "artificial hormone free". The case is also the first to state that milk from cows no ... More >>
danforthcenter.orgYou may have already seen the news splashed across this morning's Post-Dispatch. The St. Louis Science Center will announce today that its moving ahead with a $9.5 million expansion to create a new exhibition hall. But that wasn't the only science-related news leaked yesterday. ... More >>
Behold a census worker. A census worker won't:sell you Girl Scout cookies (or anything else). stalk you, but he (or she) will knock on your door up to three times. come inside your house. (So, don't even ask.)Still unclear about what a census worker will and won't do? You're in luck! Daily RFT ju ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/cindy47452You may not be aware, but there are high and low seasons for gasoline consumption. (Yeah, it was a surprise to us, too.) The summer driving season ended last week, on Labor Day, and in the resulting plummeting of gas prices, St. Louis ended up with the lowest in the na ... More >>
The public fascination with what the Obamas are eating, including a certain St. Louis pizza joint. (AP)Russia expands its ban on pork imports from the U.S. (Washington Post)European winemakers stop a proposal to allow rosé wine to be made from blending red and white wines. (Guardian)
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Is coffee recession ... More >>
Yet another call for the government to create a new food-safety organization. (HealthDay News)Ethiopia suspends all exports of coffee. (New York Times)Food costs have decreased, but lower revenues mean restaurants are still struggling. (Reuters)
In today's news: Whole Foods asks for help, Canada says OK to new meat labeling and a critic enters the kitchen
In today's news: Mexico bans U.S. meat, Diet Coke Plus shouldn't be "Plus," and France isn't happy about its wine.
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The USDA is within its rights to prevent meatpackers from testing cattle for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court rules. (Reuters) Russia bans poultry imports from several U.S. producers, ostensibly because of safety concerns. (New York Times) Last week it was Gordon Ramsay vs. Paul McCartney. ... More >>
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A campaign of violence against aid workers threatens food relief in Somalia. (New York Times) The FDA may ease last year's restrictions against seafood imported from China. (USA Today) A new study finds that women who eat nuts while pregnant may put their children at greater risk for asthma. (Los ... More >>
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More on the salmonella outbreak in Banquet-brand pot pies: A consumer alert has been issued, but not a recall. (AP) www.ease.com U.S. officials are studying Japan's rigorous process for screening food imported from China. (New York Times) Mizzou scientists think red wine might fight food ... More >>
It's the Cold War of food imports: www.search.com China has greatly ramped up inspections of food imported from the U.S. (AP) Meanwhile, a major U.S. food-industry trade group will ask for more government oversight over the safety of imported food -- a dramatic step in an industry that g ... More >>
Not exactly the busiest 24 hours in food news. Food imported from Mexico is just as -- and perhaps more -- problematic than food imported from China. (Houston Chronicle) A report on cancer commissioned by President Bush takes the government to task for making it more difficult to eat healthy. (Reu ... More >>
A few weeks ago, when news broke of a Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns allegedly made partly out of cardboard, I expressed my dismay at the media's hyperbolic reporting of the story. Using this one incident as an argument in the larger debate about food safety wasn't just shoddy logic -- i ... More >>
Well, I'll be gosh-durned. Our favorite story has gotten W's attention. President Bush today issued an executive order creating a "high-level government panel" to examine how to improve oversight of food imports. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt will head the panel. (CNN) May ... More >>
www.musc.edu Piling on OK. First, the news: A Chinese TV network found a street vendor selling buns made out of freakin' cardboard. (AP at CNN) Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda -- a chemical base commonly used in ma ... More >>
A Riverfront Times theater critic gets a critique of his own.
Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Another Vietnamese restaurant on South Grand? Yes, and the food is superb.
When Emerson pulls out of this small southern town, it'll leave bitterness and broken promises behind. That's what happens when a marriage ends badly.
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With this presidential debate, the highlights didn't come from Bush or Gore
Bud Faron and other independent dealers devoted their lives to the big oil companies. That just wasn't enough.
Ralph Nader tries to derail the corporate-sponsored presidential debates with a lawsuit. Protesters have their own plans to disrupt the Bush-Gore affair at Wash. U.
Ross Perot launched the Reform Party as the voice of the American people. Eight years later, it's a shrill, staticky free-for-all, and the moderates can't get heard.
Kellwood's taking fashion forward by making virtually all our clothes in the Third World. But the St. Louis giant carefully cloaks its operations, its plant locations and its monitoring of labor conditions.