What We're Reading: June 30, 2014

Scientists suggest that insects could be the key to solving world hunger. [Science Daily]

 

Can we hack our way to a better food system? [Civil Eats]

 

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report on the food industry’s sugar-coating of the sweetener’s negative health effects. [UCS]

 

With cod being overfished... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 18, 2014

The science behind the myriad colors of fish flesh. [NPR

 

Mark Bittman looks at how we get Big Food to change its strategy. [NYT]

 

As the economy picks up, fast food chains like McDonalds and Taco Bell fall out of favor with consumers. [NBC]

 

The Brewers Association has expanded the definition of “craft beer,” leading some big name beers to sport it on their labels. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 13, 2014

 

An exposé by The Guardian reveals human trafficking and slave labor on Thai fishing boats is at work in supplying major supermarket chains (including Walmart and Costco) with cheap shrimp. [The Guardian]

 

The F.D.A. issued, and then backpedaled from, a ruling banning the use of wood planks in cheese making. [NY Times]

 

Lower U.S. corn yields are expected in the future as climate change and water shortages affect farmland. [Grist]

 

What’s in the juice? The POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Co. Supreme Court ruling could leave the door open for further litigation against deceptive marketing... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 12, 2014

Ice Coffee

 

Just in time for summer, a round up of the nation's most innovative iced coffees. [NYT

 

Start-up firm Coffee Blocks suggests swapping egg yolks for milk in your morning brew. [LAT

 

New FDA research says expecting moms should eat more fish for healthier babies. [NPR

 

Introducing Space Lettuce: NASA begins vegetable production aboard the International Space Station. [NPR

 

A Harvard study links breast cancer to... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 9, 2014

Camel

 

Forget kale: camel’s milk might be the next superfood. [Citizen Times

 

San Francisco's gourmet toast trend is taking the nation by storm. [Market Watch

 

Which is better for you, honey or sugar? [Huffington Post

 

Suggesting links to deforestation, a new report reveals the potential dark side of doughnuts. [NPR]  

 

Farmed fish might be able to feed the world, but will it destroy the environment? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 4, 2014

Fish

 

A new study indicates the world could run out of fish by 2050. [Washington Post

 

Inspired by a Michael Jackson classic, the Bottle Boys give empties a second life. [LAT

 

A look at the long legacy of African Americans in the White House kitchen. [Washington Post

 

New research shows chocolate might save the world. [NPR

 

7-Eleven unveils new Lebron James-inspired Slurpee. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 3, 2014

Vegetables

 

Seven simple ways to increase your vegetable intake. [The Guardian

 

An exploration of the meaning behind the "chef" title. [Esquire]

 

Dining etiquette to make you a more savvy restaurant-goer. [WP]

 

Raising the bar: an argument for stool-top dining. [WSJ]

 

As fish populations decrease, should parts of the ocean be cut... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 21, 2014

 

A new Oceana report lists nine "dirty" U.S. fisheries blamed for hundreds of millions of pounds of bycatch each year. [Food Safety News]

 

Scientists find that chemicals used in agricultural pesticides and food products could cause in utero neurological damage. [The Atlantic]

 

Celebrate with cheese: new research reveals that there is no consistent link between saturated fat intake and heart disease. [NPR]

 

Are floating farms the future of food production? [Modern Farmer]... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 2

Drinks

Photo by Tiffany Smith 

 

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

 

Monday, February 3, 7:00 P.M. 

Tavern Comfort 

When he's not tending to his herd of heritage-breed pigs, farmer and chef Dan Fox is generating buzz for Heritage Tavern, one of Madison's most anticipated restaurant openings of the past year. Join Fox and his team as they prepare a feast fit for the well-traveled locavore.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 P.M. 

Passion for Flavor 

An exciting homage to sustainable cuisine, this dinner is also a true family affair. Husband-and-wife team Ted and Cindy Walter of the renowned Passionfish restaurant have designed a seafood-focused menu of their exquisite French-inspired cuisine which will be paired with impeccable wines from Ryme Cellars, which is run by... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 23, 2014

Fishing boat

 

Sport fishermen are now reeling in excess fish to help feed local food pantries in Maine. [NPR]

 

No scout left behind: as Girl Scout cookie season begins,the organization is releasing a new, gluten-free treat at select test markets today. [LAT]

 

Monsanto takes a step back from GMO crops and into a new market: organic. [Wired]

 

Perfectly crafted and mixed before shipping, bottled cocktails trend its way into the U.S. from London. [... Read more >

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