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.

 

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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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JBF on the Air: Coffee with Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer of Crop to Cup on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis perked things up with a show devoted to coffee, featuring Crop to Cup's Dan Shafer. As the company's director of operations, Dan sources high-quality, sustainable coffees for buyers who value authentic connections to the farm. To learn more about growing communities, direct trade models, how terroir affects flavor, and tips for buying, storing, grinding, and even roasting your own beans, listen to the full episode.

 

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Sustainability Matters: April 4, 2014

 

Ocean acidification, “climate change’s evil twin," is the subject of increased research by global oceanographic institutes. [Grist]

 

Advances in “fake meat” alternatives may mean big business for food producers while benefiting the environment. [NY Times]

 

Got Milk? A bipartisan coalition of House members seek to end the ban on interstate marketing of raw milk. [Food Politics]

 

A Honduran Liberación farmer explains the benefits of Rainforest Alliance sustainable palm oil cooperative certification. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis chatted with Mediterranean cuisine expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins. The cookbook author and New York Times writer offered insight on olive oil, pasta, health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and even ancient Egyptian maritime technology. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Miriam Arond

Miriam Arond on Taste Matters

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis was joined by Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Founded in 1900, before there was an FDA, GHRI is the foremost consumer products evaluation laboratory in the country. To learn how GHRI tests products and recipes, the history of Good Housekeeping magazine and its work in food advocacy, and how the roles of women and food have changed over the past century, listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF to Help Create the USA Pavilion at the Next World’s Fair

USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to be one of the partners creating the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair in Italy in 2015. As President Obama announced to Prime Minister Renzi in Rome yesterday, “With our partners we're going to put together an outstanding USA pavilion that showcases American innovation to improve agriculture and nutrition and the health of people around the globe.”

 

Although food has always been an important part of the 160-year history of world’s fairs—from the introduction of the ice cream cone in 1904 in St. Louis to the unforgettable restaurant at the French Pavilion in 1939 in NYC to the first Belgian waffle served in the U.S. in 1964 in NYC—Expo Milano 2015 represents the first time the theme of the entire event will be food. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” will unite 140-plus countries into action around the challenges and... Read more >

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