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School lunch reform: A pipe dream or a deluge?

The kids will have their... whole wheat roll?: The momentum is building for big changes to the national school lunch program, reports Kim Severson in the New York Times. Ann Cooper, the chef who famously transformed lunches in the Berkeley school system and has since moved on to Boulder, Colorado, is a...

Time to get tray serious: Get involved with a Child Nutrition Act campaign now

School’s out for the summer, but there’s a food fight going on in the cafeteria. In Washington, Congress is turning up the heat on the policies that determine what 30 million children will eat once the lunch bell rings. Want hormones out of kid’s milk? Pesticides off the tomatoes? Local lettuce in the salad...

USDA cancels successful school nutrition program for poor kids in Philly

Trays terrible: As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the USDA might last week, the agency has just gone through with plans to end a well-regarded Philadelphia school breakfast and lunch program, citing budget cuts. Known as Universal Feeding, the program allows more than 120,000 students in poor schools to...

Mom tells school to cut out the junk-food partnerships

Nuggets of truth: A frustrated Pattie Baker blogs about how yet again, her daughter's elementary school is partnering with a fast food restaurant for a "night" (from which it gets a cut of the sales). The class with the most participation gets chicken nuggets for the upcoming field-day picnic. The...

St. Louis school gets SOLE

An organic apple a day: A Kansas City-based company, Bistro Kids, that puts good food in schools has opened a program at a school in St. Louis. Ethicurean team member Debra Eschmeyer is quoted! (St. Louis...

Digest – News: Antibiotics in byproducts fed to cows, Sebelius lobbied to veto milk labeling bill

It was a very busy week for the Ethicurean bees, and we had to skip the weekend Digest. So some of these links may be a tad moldy, but hey — expiration dates are for sissies. Send your tasty news links to dig...@ethicurean.com. Distilling madness: We've written before about antibiotic-resistant superbugs...

Digest – Features and blogs: The great OJ caper, the anti-produce lobby, and urban-rural love

Take a bite outta that: Orange juice is marketed as a healthy, natural food, but it's actually the end product of a process that involves long-term storage, chemistry, and "flavor packs." As is generally the case, you're much better off just eating an orange. Q&A with author Alissa Hamilton, whose book,...

Digest – Commentary & blogs: School food programs need to start from scratch, Vilsack unCOOL’d, NYC foodshed

Trays important: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse Foundation director Katrina Heron urge the Obama administration to fix the National School Lunch Program not by throwing a little more money at it, but by starting from scratch. Which means a lot more dough: enough for schools to afford to cook and serve...

Digest – Blogs: Fat tax, healthy kids, and everyone has something to say about Vilsack

Glass half full (hopefully of rBGH-free, organic, grassfed, family-farmed milk): Obama ran a rural campaign based on an agenda that included many policies that we can support — like regulating CAFOs — and the job of the cabinet is to implement to president's agenda.  Our job is to stay on their asses until...

Gearing up to reform the Child Nutrition Act

By Debra Eschmeyer Barack Obama can affect whether a child's life is shortened prematurely by 15 years. The oft-quoted statistic that one in three children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime demonstrates we are at a tipping point, both figuratively and literally…on the scales. According to the...

Review: New documentary “Food Fight” is more of a lovefest

Ethicurean headquarters in Oakland, CA, should have been the home stadium for a preview screening of "Food Fight," the new documentary by Chris Taylor. After all, this "story of culinary revolt" covers the damage wrought by industrialization of the food system and features star players such as Michael...

Dispatch from APHA: Seeding local food in schools

As I write this, the day's far from over at the American Public Health Association's annual conference "Public Health Without Borders," but my brainpower is fading fast. Before I give up on knowledge intake and shift to taking in some of the great local San Diego eats suggested by readers, I'll share a few...

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