Digest: Food reform, meals deformed, famine being formed

Prescription for better food; At the end of a review of Food Inc., Ed Bruske (friend of Ethicurean) offers a short and worthy list of steps the government can take to improve our food system. (The Slow Cook)

Economy down, servings up; Damn the health consequences! Fuller platters ahead…at least at many restaurants. (Kansas City Star)

Local food fast? If “local food” means what’s in the ‘hood, and that local food is fast food, obesity odds rise, at least in Edmonton.  (BMC Public Health)

Crisis on horizon? Blogger Owen Morris worries about famine if a wheat fungus spreads, and a commenter asks why USDA isn’t trying to stop the culprit at the source. (Fat City)

Artificially “sweetened” water: Components of artificial sweeteners are showing up in groundwater in German study. You can’t taste it…yet. (EurekAlert)

Organic goes downtown: The newest high-profile organic garden is on Governor’s Island, off Manhattan, and unlike the one at the White House, this garden one is a commercial garden. An added bonus: It’s in collaboration with Added Value, a youth organization promoting economic opportunities in South Brooklyn. (New York Times)

New source for local food:. A supermarket chain’s produce director has created Locavorenetwork.com, a readily searchable web site that lists some 15,000 local food producers. It includes some interesting articles and providers registered users the opportunity to comment. We love Local Harvest, which restricts its farmers list to those who don’t use genetically modified organisms. Local Harvest reports 17,000 listings, which also include markets and restaurants. The challenge for all these sites is keeping them up to date. Time will tell whether Locavornetwork.com meets that challenge. (The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.).

One Responseto “Digest: Food reform, meals deformed, famine being formed”

  1. Having artificial sweeteners that survive water treatment plants could be trouble, but the coverage that I saw at Environmental Science and Technology portrayed the sweeteners’ stability as a benefit in that it could be used to help find leaks in sewage systems. Find the leak, help protect bodies of water. 

    Perhaps it would also make sense to add the sweeteners to the feed in CAFOs (or directly to the manure) so that leakage from the facilities and lagoons into nearby bodies of water can also be tracked.