Sustainability Matters: August 22, 2014

 

Another salmonella scare leads to a national recall of nut butters. [First We Feast

 

The FDA issues new regulations regarding fish consumption, but mercury levels may still be too high for pregnant women. [Civil Eats]

 

According to the CDC, nearly half of Americans will have type-2 diabetes in their lifetime. [The Guardian

 

Germans refuse chickens imported from the U.S. due to our chlorine-bathing practices… [Modern Farmer... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 15, 2014

 

An organic farm in California aims to change the way they do business with hatcheries, launching a campaign for a sustainable chicken breeding program that does not rely on the destruction of millions of baby male chicks. [Civil Eats]

 

Is that a bug in your food? Insect farms are slowly gaining momentum across the country, as more Western media outlets and restaurants recognize bugs as a healthier, more sustainable alternative to meat. [Good]

 

A judge in Mexico has revoked Monsanto’s permit to grow GMO soy in the country, stating that it would threaten the national honey industry’s sales in Europe. [... Read more >

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JBF Hosts Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change

 

From September 7 to 9, 2014, more than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

The multi-faceted program will instruct attendees policy and advocacy skills through the lens of access and affordability of food. The three-day intensive series of workshops, conducted in partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN) and with support from the Osprey Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and JBF board member Eric Kessler, is designed to provide chefs with the tools they need to be effective advocates for food-system issues they believe in.

 

The intensive program will also feature content expertise from K. Rashid Nuri, one of the country’s foremost... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: 800 Calorie Challenge Launches Today!

America Cooks with Chefs

 

Ever wish you could have a cooking lesson with your favorite chefs? One in which they would teach you their tips for not only making the food you cook at home more effortless and delicious, but healthier, too? Then check out America Cooks with Chefs, our new initiative aimed at helping people from all walks of life learn tips and tricks that will make their lives in the kitchen easier. The contest goes live today and will accept applications for ANY American over the age of 18, with winners matched up with James Beard Award–winning chefs, including Maria Hines, Tory Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Schmidt, and Michelle Bernstein to learn how to cook and then take part in a live competition! Find out how to enter here... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Vote for Our Panel at South by Southwest Interactive

Expo Milano

 

As we've reported earlier, the James Beard Foundation is one of the organizations leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year's world expo in Milan, which, for the first time in world-fair history, will focus exclusively on food.

 

Even though Expo Milano won't begin until May, we've already got plenty to say about the event's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." In fact, we've created an Expo-related panel for consideration at next spring's South by Southwest Interactive, with our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis, Bolthouse Farms's Jeff Dunn, National Geographic's Kaitlin Yarnall, and GE's Linda Boff as speakers. In order to get our panel into one of the coveted programming slots in Austin next year,... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 8, 2014

 

Nitrogen fertilizer run-offs are responsible for contaminating large reservoirs, including Lake Erie, leading to toxic algae blooms and dangerous drinking water. [Civil Eats]

 

The USDA’s new poultry inspection system is complicated, controversial, and voluntary. [Food Politics]

 

Restaurants in the U.S. and U.K. are finding creative solutions to food waste. [Sustainable America]

 

A Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Holland is successfully using the waste products from manufacturing ice cream to make more ice cream. [... Read more >

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JBF Presents Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?

 

 

On October 27 and 28, the James Beard Foundation will host the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) in New York City. 

 

This year’s theme, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, will bring together thought leaders in agricultural technology, nutrition science, processing, manufacturing, policy, and public health to take a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. ​

 

The JBF Food Conference will also include the fourth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, held at Hearst Tower and co-hosted by Good Housekeeping with support from the GRACE Communications Foundation

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Sustainability Matters: August 1, 2014

 

A French supermarket chain aims to cut food waste by making “ugly” fruits and vegetables fashionable—and it’s working. [Grist]

 

Representative Rosa DeLaura has introduced a sugar-sweetened beverages tax act, known as the SWEET Act, in an effort to decrease soda consumption and raise funds for programs to combat diet-related disease. [Food Politics]

 

General Mills has released a new set of climate policies to cut emissions and reduce deforestation. [Mother Jones]

 

2014 could be the driest year in almost a century for California. Some scientists believe the drought could last for a decade or more,... Read more >

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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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