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Overwhelmed By Homeless Encampment, San Francisco's Rainbow Grocery Seeks Solutions

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"When you're running a business that's valued equality and inclusivity for 40 years, how do you handle the problems that come with operating alongside the city's largest homeless encampment? For Ra...

Baltimore bill calls for warning labels on sugar sweetened drinks.

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

The signs would say: "Warning: drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to tooth decay, obesity and diabetes. This message is from the Baltimore City Health Department."

Hamburg bans single-use coffee pods from its government buildings

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...While state governments making laws to 'save cities from themselves' can be a terrible idea, in Hamburg’s case, the decision seems really wise. The law only applies to staff in government-owned...

The FDA will begin testing food for the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...Tests on foods including soybeans, corn, milk and eggs are set to begin this year, says Food and Drug Administration spokesperson Lauren Sucher. In 2014, the Government Accountability Office ca...

Maryland Poultry Litter Management Bill Introduced

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"... farmers often raise tens of thousands of birds at a time, and spread their manure on the surrounding land in quantities the land cannot possibly absorb. As a result, over 200,000 tons of exce...

Parmesan w/cellulose

by BiscuitBoy 4 years ago

I doubt any of us are buying parm that originates from (gasp!) Pennsylvania, but here's a little tidbit to beware of: https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/news/parmesan-cheese-sprinkle-penne-could-1...

‘Parmesan’ Cheese Might Actually Be Cheddar or Wood Pulp

by EM23 4 years ago

From the article: "The FDA warns Parmesan fraud has become a serious problem for American consumers. Tests show products described as "100 percent Parmesan" routinely have cut-rate substitutes — l...

At last, punishment for pay-to-play

by hotoynoodle 4 years ago

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/02/12/state-hit-beer-distributor-with-day-license-suspension/CadsJk4om6CHfVYJP1BHwJ/story.html abcc hit craft brewers with a hefty and unprecedented fin...

Iranian saffron

by sandiasingh 4 years ago

Will you shell out for authentic Iranian saffron soon to reach American shores? Don't know what the price will be but I'll be watching.

FDA restrictions keeping some great cheeses out of stores

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

"...Roquefort — France’s top-selling blue — is in the agency’s cross hairs along with raw-milk versions of Morbier, St. Nectaire and Tomme de Savoie." By Janet Fletcher

Is American Olive Oil About to Have Its Moment?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...When California, with one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s market, adopted chemical standards stricter than the IOC mandates, it made waves in the Old World. The rules, which for now apply onl...

WHO: Sugar tax needed in war on obesity

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"... The new report by WHO's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity says there is strong evidence that a sugar tax can work alongside other measures, such as tackling big portion sizes and unclear ...

Importing dried loose herbs from South Korea

by rathehouse 4 years ago

Are there any listings of herbs enter-able or not enter-able to the US for dried loose herbs?

Sneaky sugar: Where added sugar lurks in your diet

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"... It’s all part of the general rule in food manufacturing that when you take out one thing, you have to add another; for example, the way the low-fat craze that began in the 1970s resulted in su...

5 Food Systems Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from Denmark

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...From food waste reduction to better treatment of both animals and people working in the its food industry, here are some lessons that the U.S. could afford to learn from this small northern Eur...

Berkeley City Council Allocates Soda Tax Revenues

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

... Of the $1.5 million, $637,500 — nearly 42 percent — will be given to the Berkeley Unified School District to support programs for cooking, gardening and nutritional education. Another $637,500 ...

International Filet Mignon?

by Querencia 11 years ago

Today I bought a 2-lb piece of beef tenderloin for the attractive price of $4.45 lb from a mama-and-papa produce and meat store in Chicago. I know the store well; it is clean and has a good reputat...

Mexican Soda Tax Followed by Drop in Sugary Drink Sales

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...After one year, sales of sugary beverages in the country fell as much as 12 percent while bottled water purchases rose 4 percent, a new study found. Public health authorities hailed the find...

Expiration dates on perishables: who is responsible?

by gutreactions 4 years ago

I sometimes cannot find the expiration date on a perishable food item at the market. Who is responsible for posting those dates on the product: eggs, bread, etc. Is it the market or the producer? C...

SNAP Benefits are Crucial for Families but Sometimes Inadequate

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

"...As we prepare to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, too many families are struggling with food insecurity. A new report today from the White House Council of Economic Advisers find...

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