Weekly digest: Friday June 24th

In case anyone is looking for some summer readings, here are some food articles that have caught my eye this week. Enjoy.

  1. Insightful reaction to the USDA’s new MyPlate: some progress but still a long way to go. Fruit juice, chocolate milk, a highly processed vegetable oils should not be allowed on that plate: http://civileats.com/2011/06/15/my-beef-with-myplate/
    Best quote: “Herein lies a conflict of interest for the USDA since it has the dual role of promoting the business of industrial food production and simultaneously advising Americans on healthy eating.” Hmmm, well-put
  2. Interesting challenge to the common belief that what this world’s poor needs is more food: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/more_than_1_billion_people_are_hungry_in_the_world
  3. The Free Farm Stand featured on Civil Eats! Thoughtful discussion of the role of profit in motivating food system change: http://civileats.com/2011/06/16/to-profit-or-not-to-profit-on-the-food-movement/
  4. In honor of Oran’s appearance Tuesday night at the Hub Soma, here’s the NYT review of his new book Fair Food. Says Oran, “my concern isn’t only about bringing back heirloom tomatoes to farmers’ markets, my concern is making sure that those living in inner-city neighborhoods have access to tomatoes in a form other than a ketchup packet at a fast-food joint.” Yes please: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/business/05shelf.html?_r=3&scp=1&sq=hesterman&st=nyt
  5. On the 2012 Farm Bill: “the most important piece of environmental legislation that Congress will enact in the next 18 months.” http://civileats.com/2011/06/17/turning-the-farm-bill-into-the-food-bill/
  6. Taking the thinking out of cooking to “get you laid.” Brilliant: http://www.thrillist.com/food/san-francisco/yupeat_cooking_recipes_services_websites
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Management consultant obsessed with food justice, food politics, food start-ups, food sustainability, and eating food too...
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