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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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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Interview with Laurie David and Stephanie Soechtig of "Fed Up"

 

 

Eat a balanced diet. Get plenty of exercise. The tenets of achieving a healthy body and life are so ingrained in American culture that kindergartners can recite them. But, as the alarming rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes prove, this long-accepted formula is failing. The culprit? It’s the widespread presence of sugar in processed food, or so says Fed Up, the new documentary produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric. In anticipation of the film’s release on May 9, we got in touch with David and Fed Up director Stephanie Soechtig to discuss how this epidemic became so dire, what can be done, and their new campaign to get Americans to cut down on the sweet stuff.

 

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JBF: Your documentary follows the lives of a group of American families as they try to make a healthier and more active lifestyle for themselves. How did you find your participants? ... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl on Taste Matters

 

What happens when one of the country’s most celebrated restaurant critics and non-fiction food writers decides to switch genres? Ruth Reichl is about to find out, as her first novel, Delicious!, was just released on May 6. On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis chats with Ruth about her move into fictional storytelling, the writing process behind the novel, and Ruth’s candid thoughts on American cuisine and food culture. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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

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JBF on the Air: Foie Gras with Michael Ginor

Michael Ginor on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis welcomed Michael Ginor into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to delve into the, er, rich topic of foie gras. As co-founder, co-owner, and president of Hudson Valley Foie Gras and New York State Foie Gras, the most comprehensive foie gras producer in the world, Michael is an expert on the details of foie gras production, consumption, and culinary history. In addition to the fatty-liver delicacy, Michael and Mitchell also discuss each part of the duck as it relates to food, why duck fat is so revered among chefs, and how the foie gras industry actually has lower mortality rates than any other operation. Click here to listen to the full episode.... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: April 18, 2014

 

Grassroots campaigns in seven cities pass resolutions urging Congress to ban growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock. [Civil Eats]

 

Food giant General Mills adds legal language negating the consumer’s right to sue. Simple acts such as “liking” Cheerios on Facebook, downloading a Betty Crocker coupon, or entering a company sweepstakes binds consumers to “forced arbitration.” [NY Times]

 

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow wins the Pulitzer Prize for his series on food stamps in America. [... Read more >

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