What We're Reading: June 23, 2014

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New state legislation weighs definition of Tennessee Whiskey. [NPR

 

Lovers of profanity mourn the end of Kitchen Nightmares. [Eater

 

POTUS announces a plan to save the honey bees. [CNN

 

IBM's supercomputer Watson teams up with the Institute of Culinary Education to see if computers can cook. [National Geographic

 

Wasted school lunches find a happy ending in Staten Island. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 30, 2014

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In an effort to reduce food waste, European Union proposes removing “Best By” labels from items with long shelf lives. [Sustainable America via Good]

 

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee votes to advance a spending bill with a rider that would allow schools to opt-out of the latest nutrition regulations. [Politico]

 

Foodie Fashion: a design consultancy based in the U.K. has developed an organic material for shoes and clothing; it can be created with basic kitchen ingredients. [Modern Farmer]

 

USDA data reveals that SNAP enrollment is in decline as the unemployment rate falls and economy improves. [... Read more >

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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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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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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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The Great American School Lunch Challenge: Garces vs. Burrell

 

The James Beard Foundation is a proud supporter of Partnership for a Healthier America and their exciting initiatives that aim to solve the obesity crisis in America and make sure our kids are well fed.

 

Yesterday PHA enlisted James Beard Award–winning chef Jose Garces and Food Network personality Anne Burrell to take on school lunch. The two star chefs were paired with representatives from the Houston Independent School District and the Colonial School District outside Wilmington, Delaware. Using only healthy ingredients, following nutritional guidelines, and limited a tight budget, the two teams competed to see who could make the best school meals. Team Garces came away as the victor, presenting a menu of chicken and black bean chilaquile, pan-roasted sweet potatoes, and a graham-topped pear cup.

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