Sustainability Matters: February 28, 2014

 

When slaughterhouses are shuttered due to meat recalls, the impact can be devastating on small ranchers. [Grist]

 

Environmental groups call for restrictions placed on fertilizer use in the Lake Erie area due to an increase in algae blooms, which threaten water safety and wildlife. [NY Times]

 

The Food and Drug Administration proposes a bigger, bolder food label with updated portion sizes. [Food Politics]

 

Chipotle's new web-based series Farmed & Dangerous provides a satirical, accessible way to learn about Big Ag in the American food system. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Robert LaValva

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited Robert LaValva, founder of New Amsterdam Market, into Heritage Radio Network’s Brooklyn studios. Located in the historic South Street Seaport, New Amsterdam Market is New York City’s first permanent, indoor public market and wholesale distribution hub for local and sustainable food. Robert talks about the role of public markets in civic life, the Big Apple’s diverse marketplaces, the value of historic buildings, and the need for interactive public spaces in urban environs.​ Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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Sustainability Matters: February 21, 2014

 

Exposing food waste, a photographer documents "defective carrots" that are deemed too ugly to make it to supermarket shelves. [Treehugger]

 

In response to widespread consumer concern, meat-industry giants announce antibiotic-free chicken. [NPR]

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sees small farmers as key to the development of sustainable food systems and food security. [The Guardian]

 

Consumer Reports investigates arsenic in the food system and what you can do about it. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Atera's Matt Lightner

Matt Lightner on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to lower Manhattan to interview chef Matt Lightner at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Atera. Offering only mysterious tasting experiences (diners eat over 20 courses but are not given a printed menu), Matt encourages his guests to let their imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition in each dish. Mitchell and Matt discussed the interactions between the kitchen and dining room, how Matt is inspired by Basque cooking, and the new glut of tempting ingredients that's spoiling New York chefs. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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Sustainability Matters: February 14, 2014

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Rethinking what's in your cup: companies pledge to improve working conditions on India's tea plantations. [Grist]

 

For lower income students, snow days can mean empty stomachs. [NPR]

 

Cartoonist Joe Mohr illustrates the dangers of Bisphenol A, or BPA, with Popeye the Sailor. [Treehugger]

 

Why is nutrition so confusing? Blame the research environment. [NYT]

 

The future of vegetarian food substitutes might lie in Silicon Valley. [... Read more >

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ROC and Cornell University Posts Study on Restaurant Staff Turnover

 

In case you missed it, last month Restaurants Opportunities Centers United (ROC) posted an extensive study on staff turnover rates in American restaurants and how they affect bottom lines. The study, which was conducted by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, surveyed more than a thousand managers and assigned the examined establishments to one of four categories: fine upscale dining, casual fine dining, moderately priced family restaurants, and fast food/quick service (fast food) restaurants.

 

The study's conclusion? Turnover is very expensive. The ROC, whose mission is to increase wages and improve working conditions for the restaurant workforce, hopes the findings will be a "wake up call" to restaurant owners. If anything, the study has yielded an unprecedented trove of data about restaurant staffers in... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Stan Sagner

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On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited writer, consultant, and New York Daily News restaurant critic Stan Sagner into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. Sagner discussed the life of an anonymous restaurant critic, the impact his opinions have on restaurants, and why he thinks goat will usurp kale as the next "it" food. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: GritWork's Monica Gelinas

Monica Gelinas on Taste Matters

 

On the latest episode of Taste Matters, food systems consultant and Karp Resources founder Karen Karp appears as guest host, interviewing Monica Gelinas from GritWork. As GritWork's principal and founder, Monica works to transform high-growth natural food concepts into soulful operations through strategic integrity sourcing and sustainable supply chain frameworks. The two reflect on their collaborative experience bringing England's Pret A Manger to the U.S. in 1999, and Monica talks about some of the biggest challenges in both industrial food production and providing year-round fresh, seasonal produce in New York City. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: February 7, 2014

 

Subway sandwich company will phase out substance found in yoga mats and shoe rubber from its bread dough. [NPR]

 

Vertical Farming 101: are cities the solution to future food production? [The Guardian]

 

Maryland lawmakers move to save Chesapeake Bay from poultry farm's toxic by-product. [Grist]

 

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack reports that climate change is already hurting farmers due to increasingly severe weather conditions. [HuffPo]

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JBF on the Air: Brady Lowe

Brady Lowe on Taste Matters

 

On this week's installment of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis broadcasts from out on the road, where he meets up with Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. Brady fills us in on the sixth annual traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which aims to promote the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and educate chefs and attendees about snout-to-tail cooking. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

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