Kids Who Need to Eat Get a Break: Congress approved the $4.5 billion Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, which, if signed by the president, will increase the amount of money schools are reimbursed for free lunches by 6 cents each, and would allow the Agriculture Department to create new nutrition standards, regulate foods being sold in vending machines, and even set a limit on bake sales or fund-raisers that involve unhealthy foods. via AP
Wine Label Marketing Terms Are Meaningless: The Washington Post digs into a Federal Register notice from (here’s a bureaucratic name for you) the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The notice asked for public comment on whether marketing terms on wine labels like old vines, estate, and barrel select should be strictly defined. via Washington Post
Hexane Isn’t That Natural: A new report exposes which “natural” foods companies use soy protein that’s been extracted by using the solvent hexane, which is toxic in large doses. Clif Bar is one! via Cornucopia Institute
Keep Government Out of My Fat Pants: Sarah Palin attacks Michelle Obama for her antiobesity campaign: How dare she tell parents how to feed their kids. via Huffington Post
Food Safety—Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The food safety bill was (sort of) passed, giving food security a major boost and extending the power of the FDA. The Tester-Hagen Amendment exempts small producers from many of the new controls. However due to a technicality, the bill isn’t actually passed, and must go before the Senate again. Republicans are threatening to block it. via New York Times
A Good Look: A map made by Food & Water Watch shows where all the factory farms are located in the U.S. The farms aren’t cool, but the map is.
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
• Nutmeg sold under the Whole Foods and Frontier Natural Products Co-op labels is recalled, feared to be contaminated with salmonella.
• Household cleaners in California have to be reformulated because they produce too many smog-forming compounds.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• Top Chef: All Stars debuts.