2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Mark Bittman

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Mark Bittman

 

Mark Bittman
Author and Journalist,
The New York Times

 

Talk about mileage: once a New York City cabdriver and a Boston truck driver, Mark Bittman is now one of the most prominent and influential voices steering Americans toward healthier, more sustainable eating. The best-selling cookbook author, renowned food writer, and prolific recipe developer has paved a path all his own.

 

While running a small newspaper as a community organizer in the 1970s, Bittman was introduced to the craft of journalism and the art of communication. That know-how would serve him well: in the decade that followed, Bittman contributed to many different print outlets, including the New Haven Register, of which he became food editor. “I really liked food and knew about food, but I was trying many different things,” he says. “When it became clear that what I was passionate about would actually work for me, I pretty much pursued it... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 17, 2014

 

Whole Foods has launched a rating program for fruits, vegetables, and flowers to measure the quality of farming practice. [Grist]

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new generation of GMO corn and soybeans, angering environmentalists. [NPR]

 

Disease and Nutrition: JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle’s thoughts on the food politics of Ebola. [Food Politics]

 

McDonald’s announces a new campaign that aims for greater transparency and engagement with the public. [Civil... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 10, 2014

 

Avocados may be good for your health, but the increased consumer demand could be over-burdening Chile’s water supply. [Treehugger]

 

Researchers have found that many U.S. restaurant chains have cut calories on new menu items by about 60 calories per dish, which could lead to a change in diners' waistlines over time. [NPR]

 

A political battle still rages between the Obama administration, the School Nutrition Association, and lunch ladies over the future of school food. [NY Times]

 

The sixth annual Chefs Collaborative summit in Boulder, CO met to gather like-minded chefs and discuss sustainability in the food... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 3, 2014

 

Several years after the threat of “colony collapse” to honeybee populations, today’s beekeepers are more concerned about small, persistent hive decimation than mass colony deaths. [NY Times]

 

Ocean acidification, an effect of climate change, could cause oyster prices to skyrocket as shellfish farms are forced inland. [Grist]

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that almost ninety percent of school-aged children are getting too much salt in their diets. [Huffington Post]

 

American and European representatives debate chlorinated chicken in negotiations over the... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 26, 2014

 

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association pledge to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20% by 2025. [Food Politics]

 

Scientists across the country are testing the impact of ozone and carbon on crops to discover to what extent climate change will affect the global food supply. [NY Times]

 

Agriculture giant Cargill has pledged to protect forests in the company’s supply chains and endorse measures stated in the New York Declaration on Forests, part of the UN summit on climate change. [Grist]

 

Following the horse meat scandal that swept... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 19, 2014

 

An organic orange grower in Florida uses natural remedies to fight the blights of insects that are damaging groves across the country. [Civil Eats]

 

An algae bloom in the Arabian sea is disrupting the local fishing supply, and may give scientists a preview of the long term consequences for the aquatic food chain due to climate change.
[NY Times]

 

The Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams, becomes the first stadium in the NFL to offer sustainably-raised, Animal Welfare–Approved hot dogs and hamburgers. [Ecocentric]

 

Mission: Readiness, the organization of former military officials concerned about obesity... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 12, 2014

 

Congress has passed a bill preventing the US Environmental Protections Agency from exerting the pollution controls outlined in the Clean Water Act. [Food Politics]

 

New studies find that walking at least 12,000 steps a day helps to counteract the negative effects of fructose consumption. [NY Times]

 

A Fremont Count orchardist is trying to bring back the Colorado Orange, a rare variety of local apple with a unique citrus flavor. [NPR]

 

Researchers find microscopic bits of plastic and glass, skin cells, and dead insects in a sample of German beers, including some of the most popular brands. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: The Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

 

 

At JBF's upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, taking place September 7 to 9 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, there will be a few stock chef activities, like a collaborative dinner prepared at the hotel's restaurant, as well as an introduction to a local purveyor. (In Bentonville, chefs will spend an afternoon at Ewe Bet Farms, home to pasture-raised and grass-fed lambs.)

 

Primarily, though, the three-day session will provide chefs with a unique opportunity to grow and refine their skills in the policy and advocacy arenas. The 15 participants (see the complete list here) have a schedule of presentations, workshops, and... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 5, 2014

 

The new humane standards set to go into effect in California on January 1, 2015 raise questions about battery cages, colony cages, and cage-free systems for laying hens. [Civil Eats]

 

Programs like Double Up Food Bucks don't just help families buy nutritious, local produce. They help farmers and the environment. [Grist]

 

New studies eliminate doubt that BPA, a ubiquitous ingredient found in some plastics and coatings, is a dangerous toxin to the female reproductive system. [Treehugger]

 

The scoop on listeria: why the bacteria L. monocytogenes, which is often responsible for food-borne illness from meat... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Apply to be a Student Ambassador at the USA Pavilion

USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015

 

Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, in partnership with the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, is now accepting applications from American college students to serve as the face of the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair in Milan, Italy. This major event, Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is expected to attract 20–30 million visitors from around the world. Those selected to serve as U.S. student ambassadors at the pavilion will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the United States in Italy at this unparalleled global gathering. If you're an American citizen, at least 18 years old, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, you're eligible to apply! Get more details about the gig and the application process here... Read more >

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