What We're Reading: November 13, 2014

 

The tumultuous history of french fries and ketchup. [HuffPost

 

It’s not just for your pancakes: chefs weigh in on maple syrup. [Serious Eats

 

If healthy food was as convenient as junk food, would we eat more salad? [The Atlantic

 

Give vegan baking a try with this guide to egg replacers. [Food52... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 7, 2014

 

What’s in your take-out box? The FDA is working with major companies to phase out potentially dangerous chemical compounds that are used to make many cardboard food packaging grease-proof. [Civil Eats]

 

The US Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on “biodegradable” and “compostable” bags that actually aren’t. [Grist]

 

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver takes on the sugar hiding in your food. #ShowUsYourPeanuts [Slate]

 

What this week’s election means for the food movement across the country: soda taxes, GMO labeling, minimum wage laws, and more. [... Read more >

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The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue with Marion Nestle and Corby Kummer

 

JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle, Ph.D., is known for her pragmatic advice on how consumers can take action to change the political and regulatory landscape surrounding food. She brought her straightforward outlook to the recent JBF Food Conference, where she and the Atlantic’s Corby Kummer discussed realistic expectations for the average American in a world overwhelmed by sugary, processed foods.


Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges at the JBF Food Conference

 

The undeniable impact of sugar on the American diet was a prominent part of the discussion during Day One of our recent JBF Food Conference. This video features some of the leading voices in the campaign to combat sugar, from Laurie David, producer of the recent hit documentary Fed Up, to Dr. Robert Lustig, the “anti-sugar guy,” to individuals on the front lines like chef Cindy Gershen and JBF Award-winning pastry chef Emily Lucchetti. Watch this panel for their strategies on tackling our nation’s sweet tooth.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here.

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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 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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Daily Digest: March 20, 2014

candy

 

A new study shows how your kids' sweet tooth may be rooted in an evolutionary advantage. [NPR]

 

It's not just coffee anymore: thousands of Starbucks store will soon include an evening menu that includes alcohol and light bites. [Chicago Tribune]

 

Want to rear and harvest your own edible bugs? There's a DIY kit for that. [Wired]

 

Once a custom-made food for macrobiotic eaters like John Lennon, the veggie burger is now mainstream. Here's how it achieved mass appeal. [Smithsonian

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Daily Digest: February 4, 2014

nutella

 

Could any of these "alternative" chocolate-hazelnut spreads topple Nutella? [Time]

 

Struggling rural pageants relax entry rules in hopes of attracting more candidates for Mrs. Asparagus, Beef Queen, and other royalty. [NPR]

 

John Markulis, baker of hamburger buns for In-N-Out, Original Tommy's, and others, has passed away at 83. [LAT]

 

In case of processed-cheese shortage, make your own at home. [LAT]... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

Sugar

 

Is sugar the new future in gasoline? [Wired]

 

Cooking helps the economy: by legalizing the sale of homemade food in California, the state created over a thousand local business. [Forbes

 

Move over, Cronut: there's a new hybrid in town. Meet the doughscuit. [NPR]

 

College loans aren't the only worry for students: a new study shows food insecurity is, too. [Time]

 

The U.N. dispatches food aid to rebel-held refugee camp after 85... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 9, 2014

sugar

 

Having trouble sticking to your New Year diet? A sugar addiction could be to blame. [NPR]

 

Countertops that "share" and "favorite." Bluetooth-enabled refrigerators. These and more prototypes for the kitchens of the future. [LAT]

 

Study: food companies have eliminated more than six trillion calories from their products. [USA Today]

 

A sushi mosaic, assembled from more 20,000 tuna and salmon nigiri, has set a new Guinness World Record. [... Read more >

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