Digest – Blogs: Sweet analysis, rural internet woes, good food in the city
Never let them see you sweet: Tom Philpott looks into a new Tufts study that finds corn subsidies may have been a boon to the HFCS industry, but they alone don't make bad food cheap. Australia has similar obesity patterns but eats sugar instead. What we need to do, Tom says, is figure out "how to disincentivize overproduction of environmentally damaging and nutritionally dubious crops like corn and sugar, and increase incentives for fruit and vegetables." (Gristmill)
I want my HFCS-free: According to Nielsen data, dollar sales of products labeled free of high fructose corn syrup approached $900 million in 2008, up 12.9%. The bulk of this shift has occurred in 'cranberry' and 'other flavors' of shelf-stable fruit drinks. (Phil Lempert's Facts, Figures)
The big (local, organic) apple: While the good-food movement's spotlight has been trained on President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is actually getting stuff done, leading the charge to rebuild healthy local food systems. (Eating Liberally)
Strike up the broadband: The Daily Yonder digs into the Census of Agriculture to map the percentage of U.S. farms with high-speed Internet access. Not surprisingly, farms in rural and exurban counties were less likely to have broadband connections than farms located in metro counties. The West leads in broadband connections and the South lags far behind. (Daily Yonder)
I love the smell of peanut butter in the morning: Our heroine Eddie Gehman Kohan shadows E. Coli avenger Bill Marler at the congressional hearings over the latest Salmonella outbreak, or as she calls it in inimitable OF-style, "Apocalypse Chow." Get ready to laugh, although perhaps not merrily, at the sorry spectacle of government theater. (Obama Foodorama)
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