Given all the rhetoric in recent years about improving school lunches, it’s nice to actually see improvement— especially in the visually pleasing form of a slideshow.
Courtesy of Bon Appétit magazine, the online slideshow includes shots of lunches served in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New York, and Minnesota. Purple cauliflower as a side dish, anyone?
Last fall, a proposition to label all GMO foods sold in California failed at the polls. This week the same thing happened in Washington state, with initial public support for labeling dwindling after food companies spent heavily on anti-labeling advertising.
Tempers ran high during the campaign — the most expensive ever in Washington state — with heated arguments over public disclosure of the names of the companies fighting the labeling initiative.
Meanwhile, more than 20 other states are considering GMO labeling laws, which means that the dispute will move from statewide propositions and initiatives to state legislatures. And a federal label might be coming down the pipe, too.
If you like hot sauce, you are probably a serious fan of the Sriracha sauce made by Huy Fong Foods in California. Those fans are legion — and they’re agitated by the news that the sauce plant in Irwindale might shut down.
The cause? A lawsuit brought by the city on behalf of citizens, contending that the factory's odor “is affecting their eyes, irritating throats, and causing headaches.” Which, chile lovers might submit, is exactly why they love eating the stuff in the first place.
As if global concerns about the perilous plight of the honey bee weren’t worrisome enough, there are plenty of other bee bugaboos out there. Africanized honey bees, also known as “killer bees,” are aggressive hybrids that can swarm, attack, and kill not just people but large animals such as horses. And as the planet warms up, with milder winters in the northern hemisphere, their range is expanding.
Meanwhile, giant hornets, which can kill with a single sting, are making headlines for killing people in China and preying on honey bees. The best guess for the hornet attacks? Again, climate change, but also human encroachment on hornet habitat. In the long run, it may be the huge hornets — not all the other problems afflicting ordinary honey bees — that simply wipe honey bees out.
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