Every week, I read tons of news, primarily related to food, health, wellness and sustainability. On any given day, you’ll find me sharing links to relevant news stories and recipes on Twitter and sometimes on Green Your Plate’s Facebook page.
Here are some of the items that caught my eye in the Internet sphere over the past week:
- The most talked-about topic this week is the continued ripple effect from Chipotle’s “Back to the Start” commercial which aired during the Grammy Awards earlier this month. Since that broadcast, numerous farm bureaus have issued op-ed pieces and press releases (most notably in the NY Times) denouncing the ad; the day after the ad aired, McDonald’s announced it would require its pork suppliers to phase out gestation stalls (aka sow crates); and soon after that, Bon Appetit Management Company announced their own comprehensive animal welfare policy including a similar phase-out. What’s the deal with sow crates? Marion Nestle provides context.
Other intriguing items:
- “Does a bag full of organic produce say more about you than designer labels?” wonders the author of How Whole Foods Became the Luxury Brand of Millennials (After reading the article, check out this Perennial Plate video about dumpster diving at another upscale funky grocery, Trader Joe’s)
- Eat your wrappers: Dissolvable food packaging to combat waste
- Improved school lunches? Check. Next on the docket – guidelines for school vending machines
- Do kids eat too many snacks? My gut response is YES. What do you think?
- Pan-fried crickets! It’s what’s for dinner. (Maybe this is why kids are eating too many snacks)
- Working moms everywhere can relate to this: The Guilt-o-Meter
- Are you done with winter and its limited food choices? Here are some tips for surviving the February food blahs
- Cheaper than a plane ticket to Thailand: Lentil soup with lemongrass and ginger
- Or you could eat these tropical wonders: Double coconut muffins
- And some exotic popcorn for your Oscar night: Chile lime popcorn