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Food Laws and Regulations

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Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 days ago

" . . . We’re at a moment in time where it’s become so obvious we really need to work together. If the pandemic has made anything clear, it’s how truly interdependent we are, how we need to join to...

German court forced to rule as cheese smell gets up woman's nose

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . Ms Kragler says the smell of the cheese comes up through windows, staircases and even claims the smell comes through electric sockets. . . He also claims that the smell is actually fro...

If You Use Grubhub, Please Read--They Defied SF's Delivery Commission Fee Cap

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 24 days ago

More reasons to hate Grubhub. From Tablehopper: "On Friday June 12th, the first day Mayor Breed allowed San Francisco restaurants to offer outdoor dining service, many SF restaurants who use Gru...

Pandemic-EBT for eligible California families

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EB...

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren...

"Should someone have to die so others can savor a steak?"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . what about the meat plant workers who face heading back into factories -- where social distancing may be impossible? Employers promise new measures, including protective gear and health s...

How to Crisis-Proof Our Food System

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Crucially, we now see more clearly how the food system was already failing many from less privileged backgrounds—including those working low-paying jobs, households without access to a groc...

How training to feed others left Elle Simone Scott food insecure

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . I built bonds and formed kinship with the local farmers and purveyors that I met at the Union Square Farmers’ Market, discovering that some of these individuals and businesses offer CSA box...

U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Hawley: Ask Federal Trade Commission to open antitrust investigation into meatpackers amid plant closures

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

In the bipartisan letter, the Senators note that the closing of three pork plants because of COVID-19 has resulted “in the shutdown of a staggering 15 percent of America’s pork production” at a tim...

How to apply for CalFresh (California food stamps)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

With 3.4 million Californians applying for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks, many of our friends and neighbors are looking for help with getting enough to eat. People are going to food ...

Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

California will pay restaurants to prepare and deliver meals to seniors

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

“ . . . 'We are really addressing three problems at the same time in a very meaningful way,' Newsom said. 'This partnership can also support local government because the sales tax can generate reve...

CalFresh EBT for online grocery purchases

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase groceries online for delivery starting Tuesday April 28. Because this was in response to the Covid-19 emergency and the need for vulnerable populations to ...

Where to double CalFresh buying power

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

In California the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is called CalFresh. CalFresh recipients can stretch their buying power by purchasing Califo...

Shake Shack is returning its PPP loan

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Shake Shack was fortunate last Friday to be able to access the additional capital we needed to ensure our long term stability through an equity transaction in the public markets. We’re than...

LA Health Dept. Shuts Down Restaurant for Selling Items Without a Grocery Permit

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The issue, it seems, has less to do with the sale of a few rolls of toilet paper and more to do with crowding inside the restaurant’s converted dining area, so Kronfli says ownership is con...

Instacart Workers Say They’re Planning a Nationwide Strike

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . the company’s shopping workforce says that it will stop taking orders on Monday, March 30, unless Instacart offers workers hazard pay and paid sick leave. . ."

France officially recognizes natural wine designation

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Vin méthode nature is the new official designation for natural wine in France. The first wines bearing this denomination will be of the 2019 vintage from producers who agreed before harvest to comp...

Seattle will provide $800 each in supermarket vouchers to thousands of families during coronavirus crisis

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"Seattle will provide $800 each in vouchers to more than 6,000 families to help them buy food, cleaning supplies and other household goods at Safeway supermarkets during the coronavirus pandemic, M...

California Ends School Lunch-shaming

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

" . . . The new legislation, authored by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, makes it so schools are no longer allowed to serve cheaper, 'alternative' lunches to students whose parents are unable to pay. ...