Homemade Products Go Legit: The governor of Michigan signed legislation that allows people to sell food made in their home kitchens commercially as long as it doesn’t need temperature control for food safety. Will other states follow suit and begin to legitimize the growing horde of underground food producers? via Epicurious
USDA Says They Might Do Something: After a series of town hall–style meetings where it heard farmers’ grievances, the USDA has announced some potential new rules aimed at weakening the despotic hold of Big Ag. Shockingly, there was a massive backlash from Big Ag. via Civil Eats
Michele Obama to Congress: Get Off Your Ass: In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Michele Obama rallied Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Bill. The bill, set to expire in September, would improve the nutrition of school lunch and breakfast programs but would require millions of dollars Congress has yet to secure. via Washington Post
A Good Read: Does your apocalypse pantry include candwiches, sushi push-ups, and the infamous cheeseburger in a can? Time to get shopping. Francis Lam lays out the nastiest prepackaged survival foods in a funny slideshow for Salon.com.
Thread of the Week: Mark Bittman asks readers whether he should out the restaurant that served him corn soup with plastic shards in it “as a person whose name carries a little influence in this industry.” The resulting debate raises interesting questions about the relationship between Internet reviews and restaurants.
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