Archives - December 2008

Industry Leaders Team Up to Green Food's Supply Chain

Environmental and agriculture groups, growers and some of the world's biggest food buyers -- Wal-Mart, Sysco and Sodexo among them -- have developed a new coalition to incorporate sustainability from the field to the table for specialty crops. (Full Article) Posted: 12-29-08

Ocean Fish Farming Harms Wild Fish, Study Says

Farming of fish in ocean cages is fundamentally harmful to wild fish, according to an essay in this week's Conservation Biology. Using basic physics, Professor Neil Frazer of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa explains how farm fish cause nearby wild fish to decline. The foundation of his paper is that higher density of fish promotes infection, and infection lowers the fitness of the fish. (Full Article) Posted: 12-16-08

Coloring Food, Naturally

FOOD MAKERS wishing to impart a bright hue to their products can choose from among a full range of synthetic colorings. But changing consumer preferences and the specter of new regulations have sent food industry insiders in search of natural alternatives. (Full Article) Posted: 12-16-08

Mercury-tainted Fish on FDA Menu

In the waning days of the Bush presidency, the Food and Drug Administration is pushing to scuttle the government's advice about mercury-contaminated seafood, a dramatic policy change that would encourage women and children to eat more fish despite growing concerns about the toxic metal. (Full Article) Posted: 12-15-08

Seventh Generation Introduces Label-Reading Guide

Seventh Generation has debuted a downloadable label-reading guide that helps consumers understand ingredients in common cleaning products. (Full Article) Posted: 12-15-08

Menu Trends for 2009 Outlined by Chefs

A new National Restaurant Association survey of more than 1,600 professional chefs - members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) - reveals that nutrition and philosophy-driven food choices will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2009. Local produce, bite-size desserts, organics, healthful kids' meals, and new cuts of meat top the list of nearly 210 culinary items in the third annual "What's Hot" chef survey. Rounding out the top 10 trends are kids' vegetable/fruit side dishes, superfruits (including acai and mangosteen), small plates/tapas/mezze/dim sum, artisan liquor and sustainable seafood. (Full Article) Posted: 12-10-08

FDA Reverses Order on Animal Antibiotics

Federal health regulators have change their minds about the use of some antibiotics in food-producing animals. On November 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked a prior order that prohibited the "extralabel" use of certain animal antibiotics that would have taken effect on November 30. (Full Article) Posted: 12-10-08

City of Los Angeles to Certify Green Businesses

Dumpster diving isn't in her job description but Leslie VanKeuren, general manager of the popular Silver Lake restaurant Gingergrass, isn't above climbing into the eatery's special compostable-food waste bin to retrieve a carelessly tossed Styrofoam container or other stray item. (Full Article) Posted: 12-10-08

Greenpeace Says Some Food Retailers Are Acting "Fishy"

In the second edition of Greenpeace's seafood sustainability scorecard released today, the supermarket chains Whole Foods, Ahold USA, Target and Harris Teeter received "passing" scores indicating a small, but significant shift in purchasing practices and policies. Other retailers don't fair as well. (Full Article) Posted: 12-10-08

As Food Prices Climb, Industry Ponder Trash

Experts in the food industry are thinking a lot about trash these days. Food waste has been a chronic problem for restaurants and grocery stores — with millions of tons being lost along the way as crops are hauled hundreds of miles, stored for weeks in refrigerators and prepared on hectic restaurant assembly lines. But the historically high price of commodities is making it an even bigger drag on the bottom line. (Full Article) Posted: 12-07-08

Our Hungry Planet: A Six Part Series

Readers first phoned in about high milk and egg prices more than a year ago. Within months, as corn and wheat prices reached new daily highs, food was on everyone's mind. Shortages led to food riots in Haiti and a run on rice from Cambodia to Costco. So what went wrong? This series, Our Hungry Planet, found powerful and conflicting forces around the world influencing the supply and price of food. Some individuals and businesses have profited handsomely, while others went hungry and grocery bills continued to rise. (Full Article) Posted: 12-07-08

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