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The Fight to Rein in Delivery Apps

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

Should you need more reasons to despise DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, here are a couple more: "...as I began to probe the history of the delivery-app sector, the thirty-per-cent commission re...

Instacart Workers Consider Walk-Off on Oct 16

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 days ago

" . . . The pandemic has, perhaps inevitably, revealed the true costs of many conveniences that previously have been taken for granted. Getting nearly anything you want brought to your door as soon...

$655M and new regulations to strengthen meat industry competition

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The meat industry has long been dominated by a few big players, a system that has been exposed in the recent past both by pandemic-related shortages and the litany of investigations, lawsui...

Danone/Horizon to terminate 89 organic milk contracts in Northeast

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"...Dairy farmer Abbie Corse, a member of the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, said loopholes in the USDA’s National Organic Program were a factor. 'It’s allowing larg...

How to Transform Your American Vaccination Card into a French Health Pass

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Our friends at Paris by Mouth walk through step by step how to obtain the French Health Pass that will be required as of August 1 to enter restaurants, cafes (even outdoor areas) and trains.

Engadget: Chicago sues DoorDash and GrubHub, alleging deceptive business practices

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

". . . Specifically, the city claims that both DoorDash and GrubHub have consistently advertised delivery services from restaurants that never consented to a listing on their platforms. The city al...

Z & Y Restaurant to pay workers $1.61 million in back wages

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

“… Z & Y has agreed to pay 22 workers $1.61 million in a hefty wage theft settlement, including nearly $600,000 in tips that the workers say the restaurant withheld from them. The original complain...

Petaluma-based Miyoko’s Creamery prevails in First Amendment lawsuit centered on advertising

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Interesting development, US District Court would not stop the use of dairy-based terminology to describe vegan products that are not made with milk. “Quite simply, language evolves,” Seeborg sai...

Alameda County supervisors vote to allow sale of home-cooked food under state law

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 5 months ago

“Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday took the first step toward allowing home cooks and chefs to prepare, cook and serve meals from their homes. More than 50 advocates showed up to a home kitc...

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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year 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...

The Guardian...Revealed: the true extent of America's food monopolies and who pays the price

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The size, power and profits of these mega companies have expanded thanks to political lobbying and weak regulation which enabled a wave of unchecked mergers and acquisitions. This matters b...

Bao House Grand Opening, July 1, Berkeley MEHKO

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

We've been tracking the movement to legalize home cooking operations for a number of years. As noted here, Alameda County recently voted to allow permits to sell, following the lead of Solano Count...

"Labels Unwrapped"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"...What information is required on food labels? Who regulates food labels? And why are food labels important? Although most of us encounter food packaging on a daily basis, many of us struggle to ...

The Volokh Conspiracy: To Serve Ceviche

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch engaged in a hypothetical argument using ceviche as an example. Best line came from Sotomayor: "Again, no. Under the reading recommended by the serie...

2020/21 Local Dungeness Crab in Markets and Price Agreement

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Today the crab fleets in California and Oregon reached price agreement with wholesalers to start the season. Yesterday's offer from the fishers was $3.10 per pound. https://wildrivers.lostcoastoutp...

Legislation Restricting Use of 'California' on Olive Oil Labels Gains Momentum

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

On a panel discussion on the future of small farms in California last week, State Senator Cecilia Aguiar-Curry briefly mentioned her bill to restrict the use of "California" on olive oil labels. ...

The Chronicles of Pusateri

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by mordylishus 5 months ago

They're into sanitation now. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pusateris-ford-price-gouging-1.5511240

Lawsuit alleges Chipotle Mexican Grill owes workers and New York City nearly $500 million for violating Fair Work Week law

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle committed 599,693 violations of the law, including failing to give scheduling pay premiums and failing to offer current workers shifts before hiring new wo...