Sustainability Matters: January 31, 2014

 

Cyborg plants could be the future in monitoring soil quality and air pollution. [Wired]

 

America's cheap food comes at a high price for low-wage workers in the industry. [Treehugger]

 

A new study finds that chances of returning to a healthy weight diminish yearly for obese children. [NYT]

 

California's drought: where food, water, and energy issues intersect. [Ecocentric]

 

Farmers' markets and crop insurance win, SNAP loses in the recently passed farm bill. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 24, 2014

 

Quinoa may be falling out of fashion. Meet teff, the Ethiopian nutrient-rich "ancient grain" that's poised to take its place. [The Guardian]

 

More children are learning about agriculture, health, and nutrition as an increasing number of states pass Farm-to-School legislation. [Civil Eats]

 

Coca-Cola reconsiders the economic impact of climate change after closing plants due to drought and other supply chain disruptions, and other large companies follow suit. [NYT]

 

Plant "STDs" and honeybees: How the tobacco ringspot virus may be decimating bee populations. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Alan Richman

Alan Richman on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis sat down with Alan Richman, the multiple JBF Award–winning writer, restaurant critic, and the French Culinary Institute's dean of food journalism. Alan explored the constantly changing restaurant landscape in New York City, and shared his opinions on anonymous food critics. 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... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 17, 2014

 

Good news for bread lovers everywhere: a recent review of research shows that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, consuming whole-wheat foods is good for you. [Food Politics]

 

Trying to make your household greener by reducing food waste? These websites and mobile apps can help. [Ecocentric]

 

Could debit cards could have an impact on childhood obesity? A new study by Cornell University finds that kids make healthier choices in the lunch line when paying with cash instead of credit. [NPR]

 

Walmart joins the Fair Food Program, helping to improve the lives of laborers on tomato farms with increased wages and... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Liz Neumark

Liz Neumark on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On the first Taste Matters episode of 2014, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked with CEO and author Liz Neumark of catering company Great Performances and the year-round, organic Katchkie Farm. With its commitment to innovative cuisine and sourcing local ingredients, Great Performances is one of the most popular catering companies in New York City. The pair discussed the challenges of using seasonal ingredients with planned catering menus, the importance of cooking skills for young people, how thoughtful food preparation can eliminate diet-related disease, and crucial labor issues in the food industry. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 10, 2014

oats

 

There are no GMO oats, and that's unlikely to change. It all comes down to money. [Modern Farmer]

 

Japanese rice farmers are beginning to question protectionist policies. [NYT]

 

Gatorade to kids: "Avoid water". Sports drink game app tells children that water is detrimental to sports performance. [Civil Eats]

 

Large food companies are cutting calories: 6.4 trillion, to be exact. [NPR]

 

New and improved Cheerios, now GMO free. New formula to include non-GM corn and sugar. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Allen Salkin

Allen Salkin on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited author and former New York Times reporter Allen Salkin to join him in Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. He recently penned the book From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, a behind-the-scenes look at the big personalities, high drama, and cultural juggernaut of the famed television network. Allen filled Mitchell in on his writing process and provided a glimpse into the company's fascinating roller-coaster ride from chaos to conquest. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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JBF on the Air: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed cultural sociologist and Columbia University professor Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to discuss just why it's so vital to keep the conversations about food flowing. The pair mulled over food writing, the landscape of our current culinary culture, the impact of social media, and much more. 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,... Read more >

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