month : 05/2011 7 results

World Hunger & What We Know Now

Almost a billion people go hungry today... and that's the good news apparently. According to a recent Oxfam report, the worst is coming with food prices soaring while the mega food companies enjoy enormous profits. Something's wrong.In the wake of numerous reports about food cost increases, including the from the UN's food and agriculture organization, Oxfam has added its voice with a lengthy report explaining how things are just going to get worse.  Apparently, while mega companies ...

Facebook Founder Kills His Own

Why would someone slaughter their own food especially a billionaire who could easily afford the finest of butchers?  Mark Zuckerberg put it well in his own words:"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.... I don't have an issue with anything ...

Any News in GMO Policy? Uh, Yeah!

Is there anything new under the sun to say about genetically modified food?  Yesterday, one of our heroes, Marion Nestle, posted about GMO and we sensed an air resignation.  She said she rarely writes about this topic anymore (after 20 years) because there is so little new to say.Hmmmm.  Actually there is something new to say, which is that the GMO products steamroller seems to be picking up speed. Despite greater public awareness, and the health, environmental and other...

Watch: Chinese Exploding Melons

What is causing the rash of melon explosions and the horror faced by Chinese melon man (this poor soul couldn't bear to check them it was so painful)? Should you be concerned?  Don't worry- the little old lady does get to make some watermeron pickre (watermelon pickle) with the exploded bits.This story was reported along with news that the Chinese government is trying to shore up its image as lax when it comes to food safety.  Or beyond lax.  Anyway, nice to see the Chinese are ...

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer apparently has a knack for turning people vegan.  (Natalie Portman credited him in the Huffington Post and we personally know others who had the same reaction).  Through his brilliant exposition on animal-eating (Eating Animals, Little, Brown and Company, Nov. 2009), he has hit a nerve in highlighting the connection between what we eat and the consequences it has for us individually and as a society.We think Eating Animals should be required reading for everyone ...

Could it be the FTC’s Getting Tough?

The New York Times reports today about "food with benefits" (no, not the same ones friends enjoy). In what seems to be an effort to "get tough," apparently the Federal Trade Commission has made some noise about marketing claims.On a scale of 1-10 of what the government can do to improve what we eat, we give this a 3.  Not that we're not pleased that the FTC wants to ferret out false claims but c'mon, is requiring a few little packaging changes really going to help make what we eat ...

The (Future) King’s Speech: Upping the Ante on an Honest Food System

Nice to see all this attention on food in the news, especially the focus by the Royals  – you know those of the finally finished ROYAL WEDDING (no, not the Kansas City team). We’ve gotta give Prince Charles credit -- he's obviously a bit more evolved than the others. Pointing out big agriculture’s “umbilical dependency on oil” and warning that humans “are pushing nature’s life-support system too far” sounds right-on to us. Of course, we’d love to go further and note the ...