Weekly digest: Saturday, July 9th

Covering the past two weeks, enjoy:

  1. GREAT Techcrunch overview of the trends in food startups. Love the increasing attention being paid to this space, and the GoGrubly/Kitchit shoutouts! http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/​04/the-way-we-eat/
  2. Visual overview of the food movement: problems and solutions. WELL done. From my favorite, Roots of Change http://rootsofchange.org/campa​ign/food-movement-rising
  3. A valid question re: the food desert problem: “If food deserts only mean that people need to walk farther or rely on public transportation in order to buy healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, is that so bad?” The short answer is, predictably, yes. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ru​ndown/2011/06/the-socio-econom​ic-significance-of-food-desert​s.html
  4. On the politics of feeding people: “in the wrong hands, food can be a weapon. A piece of meat can say: ‘I own you.’ Bread obligates. Generosity creates dependence.” http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/eat_drink_protest
  5. Proactivity from Jack and the Box: removing toys from kids meals. Good move: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/us-toys-fastfood-idUSTRE75K6RZ20110621
  6. In anticipation of calorie labeling rules, restaurants are revamping menus. IHOP took a meal from 1160 calories to a version with 350. Pretty crazy what these big chains can do when the fire is lit: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-calorie-count-20110622,0,6750177.story
  7. Heard the farm bill’s bad but not sure why? get the top ten things to know here: http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2011/06/top-10-things-you-should-know-about-the-farm-bill/
  8. For a glossary of “flexitarian permutations” aka carnivorous vegetarians… http://www.hartmansalt.com/food-culture-analyzed/flexitarianism/285
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About Michelle Paratore

Management consultant obsessed with food justice, food politics, food start-ups, food sustainability, and eating food too...
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