Expo Milano: "Foody" Mascot Spotted in Los Angeles

Foody, the official mascot of Expo Milano 2015

 

An amusing Expo-related dispatch before we all take off for the weekend. Foody, the official mascot of Expo Milano 2015, is traveling around the country. Here he is with some other characters on the legendary Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

 

Food Republic has more about Foody, Expo Milano, and USA Pavilion here.

 

For the first time in world-fair history, the theme of the Expo Milano 2015 is food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of the gathering's USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. More on all of that here.

 

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Sustainability Matters: October 24, 2014

Coconut is the latest food trend with a whole mess of labor rights issues behind it. [Mother Jones

 

A new poll shows that nine out of ten doctors are worried about the use of antibiotics on livestock. [Civil Eats

 

Dutch comedians prank food experts by passing off McDonald’s as organic food, raising concerns about the power of labeling. [Food Republic

 

Fearing a loss of clean water access, craft brewers are joining the fight... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Writer/Journalist; and Professor

University of California, Berkeley

 

Ask Michael Pollan, a prolific food writer and journalist who introduced issues like sustainable agriculture and food safety into the national conversation, about his earliest gustatory memories, and he singles out an after-school snack: “I remember going to a friend’s house in the fourth grade. His mom wasn’t home so he had to figure out how to cook his own food, and he taught me how to scramble eggs,” Pollan says, recalling a childhood in suburban Long Island. “This goop turned into beautiful yellow curds. So my sense of cooking as this kitchen chemistry set where amazing transformations happen goes back pretty far,” he adds.

 

An unabashed enthusiasm for learning makes Pollan’s writing—a collection of books and articles that probe into the intersection of nature and culture—... Read more >

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The Power of Food: Belief vs. Reality

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we’ve been talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. Below, Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers some insights based on the Institute’s research on Americans’ eating habits. Arond will also speak during the first day of the JBF Food Conference. Watch a live broadcast at jbffoodconference.org.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Ben Burkett

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; president of the National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campesina

 

Even just a glance at the staggering range of Ben Burkett’s commitments—spanning state, national, and international arenas—confirms that he’s a tireless advocate for the family farm. “I guess you could say I’ve been farming all my life,” says Burkett, a fourth-generation farmer who wears a variety of hats for organizations including the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where he is a state coordinator, and the National Family Farm Coalition, where he serves as president.

 

Burkett’s own 300-acre farm in Petal, Mississippi, teems with more than 16 types of vegetables including collard greens and okra. He’s on a quest to change the culture of farming in the United States, which is currently dominated by a cluster of gargantuan corporate players. “The huge farmers don’t... Read more >

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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 to the exclusion of... 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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