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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Sustainability Matters: August 1, 2014

 

A French supermarket chain aims to cut food waste by making “ugly” fruits and vegetables fashionable—and it’s working. [Grist]

 

Representative Rosa DeLaura has introduced a sugar-sweetened beverages tax act, known as the SWEET Act, in an effort to decrease soda consumption and raise funds for programs to combat diet-related disease. [Food Politics]

 

General Mills has released a new set of climate policies to cut emissions and reduce deforestation. [Mother Jones]

 

2014 could be the driest year in almost a century for California. Some scientists believe the drought could last for a decade or more,... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 27, 2014

 

The New York State Court of Appeals refused to reinstate NYC’s limit on the size of soda available for sale, ruling that the city’s Board of Health has exceeded its regulatory authority. [NY Times]

 

A new report reveals that untapped water-saving and recycling strategies could help California to a drought-resistant future. [Ecocentric]

 

Eat your veggies: cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, could increase your body’s ability to rid itself of certain carcinogens. [NPR... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 10, 2014

Chinese takeout

 

Far more than beef and broccoli: niche food-delivery services are on the rise in NYC. [NY Daily News]

 

In a time of drought, logistics and the law prevent water from flowing to California’s needier areas. [NPR]

 

When it comes to sugar and nutritional value, the differences between fruit juice and soda are few. [NPR]

 

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On the Menu: Week of March 30

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 31, 7:00 P.M. 

Dinner with Daniel

Ask a chef or editor to name the best cookbooks of 2013. Chances are Daniel Boulud’s latest title, Daniel: My French Cuisine, will top the list. Part cookbook, part memoir, this impressive tome will serve as the inspiration for an exquisite spring tasting from the celebrated JBF Award winner.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 10:00 A.M. to Wednesday, April 30, 5:00 P.M. 

Greenhouse Gallery

With oil paint, Mike Geno aims to translate and recreate the seductiveness of food through texture, color, and form, focusing his work on the specific beauty of each dish. The works act as homage to another artisan, the chef, and are the result of... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 23

Photo taken by Max Flatow

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. 

Charm City Common 

It's not called Charm City for nothing. Baltimore is home to a thriving and beguiling restaurant scene that features rising star-chefs like Espuma alum Cyrus Keefer. His menu at Fork & Wrench is rooted in the Chesapeake Bay region but inspired by global techniques and ingredients.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 P.M. 

Bay Area Bounty

San Francisco Bay Area chefs are famous for taking their farmers' markets seriously, and Kim Alter of Daniel Patterson's renowned Plum restaurant is no exception—she's been known to make five trips in a single day to get the freshest ingredients. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Alter's masterful, market-driven California... Read more >

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