Expo Milano: Welcome to American Food 2.0

 

 

Already an unrivaled culinary destination, Italy will become an even greater attraction for food lovers starting in May of next year, when, for the first time in the history of world's fairs, Expo Milano 2015 will launch with the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center have partnered to form Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, which will conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015. For a preview of the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0," check out the above video.

 

For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 25, 2014

 

The latest trend in humane dairy production, slaughter-free milk, may be great for cows, but could take a toll on the environment. [Grist]

 

A growing number of large food companies are quietly removing GMOs from their ingredients lists. [NPR]

 

What animal product has the greatest environmental impact? A new study compares beef, dairy, pork, poultry and eggs. [Treehugger]

 

Photographer Henrik Spohler uses art to explore the disconnected relationship between people and modern industrial agriculture. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry

 

Last week, at a groundbreaking ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks about the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. (The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is producing the pavilion.) Kerry spoke about the history of innovation at world's fairs (electrical outlets, videoconferencing, and the ice cream cone all debuted at such expositions), and how the American pavilion will engage Expo Milan's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Watch the full address below:

 

 

 

For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit expo2015.org/en and... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 18, 2014

 

Detroit’s water crisis is a failure of policy and the side effect of an antiquated water system, an issue many major cities will face in the next decade. [Grist]

 

The expansion of African plantations responsible for palm oil production, which can be found in countless processed foods, is linked to deforestation that threatens great ape species in the region. [NPR]

 

A new study finds that some food packaging contains potentially dangerous chemicals that could contaminate food through migration. [Food Politics]

 

Laboratory-grown meat could help to fight climate change and other environmental issues,... Read more >

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USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan

USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan

 

Today, simultaneous receptions took place in Washington, D.C. and Milan to mark the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milan, which will run from May 1 to October 31 next year. With more than 20 million people expected to visit the assemblage of 140-plus countries, Expo Milan will engage the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." It will be the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship and other elements at the core of American culture.

 

Plans for the site include a large video installation, a vertical... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 11, 2014

 

A new comprehensive study finds that organic produce is significantly higher in antioxidants, and lower in toxic materials, than their conventional counterparts. Researchers say the additional antioxidants are nutritionally equivalent to eating an extra one to two portions of fruits and vegetables each day. [The Guardian]

 

From salmon to scallops: 10 things you didn’t know about the U.S. seafood market. [Civil Eats]

 

The Peanut Corporation of America insists the U.S. government dismiss its case against organization executives related to last year’s salmonella outbreak due to “egregious” requests for disclosure documents. [Food Politics]... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 27, 2014

 

The New York State Court of Appeals refused to reinstate NYC’s limit on the size of soda available for sale, ruling that the city’s Board of Health has exceeded its regulatory authority. [NY Times]

 

A new report reveals that untapped water-saving and recycling strategies could help California to a drought-resistant future. [Ecocentric]

 

Eat your veggies: cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, could increase your body’s ability to rid itself of certain carcinogens. [NPR... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 23, 2014

 

Congress and advocacy groups seek to undermine school nutrition programs with new legislation. [The Lunch Tray]

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has completed a pilot program using Yelp reviews to identify potential outbreaks of foodborne illness. [NYT]

 

Don’t judge a food by its label: a report from the Animal Welfare Institute finds that the USDA does not verify the majority of “humane” and “sustainable” claims on meat products. [EcoCentric]

 

Cincinnati takes an innovative approach to fighting childhood hunger in the summer, using public libraries to pair reading programs with free meals. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: David Sax

Taste Matters

 

How do flavors become trends? Who determines these trends, and how do they catch on in the mainstream? On the season finale of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis seeks to answer these questions with the help of David Sax, a freelance writer specializing in business and food. His writing appears regularly in the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Saveur, The Grid Toronto, and more. David's latest book, The Tastemakers, uncovers the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 9, 2014

 

Hot chicks: a scientist attempts to breed chickens with fewer feathers to help the birds remain cooler, making it easier for farmers to maintain chicken populations in the face of climate change. [Grist]

 

The USDA will be awarding grants worth $25 million for school kitchen equipment. [Food Politics]

 

Sugar cane production and processing is linked to a deadly kidney-related illness in Nicaragua. [NY Times]

 

The World Health Organization warns that we're is headed for a deadly “post-antibiotic era” due to misuse of antibiotics in humans and agricultural animals. [... Read more >

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