José Andrés: My New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the beginning of a brand new year, with lots of hope of great things to come in the twelve months that lay ahead. I know that for many of you, it also means a new set of resolutions.

Resolutions that make us better people but often are hard to fulfill, like getting more exercise, paying bills on time, cooking healthier meals, and playing more with our kids. Some of us may even go as far as to try and drink less! In my experience, resolutions are something that we make with good intentions, but always end in disappointment. This year, I’m making a list of resolutions that I ...

What It’s Like Working On An Organic Farm

By Eva Moss, Sewanee, The University of the South

My parents had a passion for food, being from the South and Western Samoa, two places with rich culinary traditions. They instilled in me a fascination with what I ate at a very young age. In my adult life, this translated to my being a supporter of the organic movement. Admittedly, I did not actually have a deep grasp of the term’s meaning and implications. I knew I cared about organics; I didn’t know why.

I’ve found this to be the case with many of my peers, who support notions of “healthier,” “chemical free,” “environmentally friendly” and the like, without fully understanding ...

Viruses and Losses: The Global Reach of Bird Flu

To the degree that you think about influenza, it is probably because it is a bad flu season now, and you are either feeling smug that you got the shot, or wondering whether you should have. But there is a larger context for flu that affects the food world—and right now, flu is creating significant disruptions in international trade in food.

China has placed a hold on any imports of poultry or eggs from the US, a trade channel worth more than $270 million per year, because a particular strain of flu has been found in backyard poultry and wild birds in several Pacific Northwest states and in ...

Report: U.S. Animal Research Center Puts Livestock at Risk

The New York Times investigational piece on inhumane treatment at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center is what’s known as a “hard read,” filled with descriptions of animal cruelty that your mind’s eye can’t unsee.

With worldwide demand for meat increasing, and global population growing to 9 billion by 2050, the only response—other than eating less meat, which at times seems unimaginable as a government policy—is to figure out how to produce more meat with the same amount of land and animals. But is it surprising that figuring out ways for Americans to eat more meat, more easily, comes at a cost? The New York Times piece is ...

Forbidden Food: From Fried Tarantulas to Fido

People are omnivores. We can eat practically anything, and collectively we pretty much do. Worldwide, the human diet encompasses everything from fried brains and fermented seal flipper to ant larvae, chicken feet, grasshoppers, guinea pig, giraffe, and kangaroo. In Japan, you can buy tuna eyeballs for dinner, packaged in plastic in the grocery store. Blood sausage, made from coagulated pig’s blood and deceptively known as black pudding, is a breakfast standard in Britain. (Henry VIII is said to have loved it.)

The Scots famously favor haggis, a mix of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, simmered with oatmeal and onions in a sheep’s stomach; and the Norwegians are fans of ...

Tech Entrepreneur Uses Instagram to Tackle Waste

By Megan Varner, The George Washington University

About to take a bite, you suddenly stop yourself and set your fork down. You can't believe you almost ruined such a delicious looking presentation before taking a picture for Instagram! The next few minutes are filled with #noms #foodporn #yumm, tagging friends, and choosing that perfect filter before sharing and finally getting to taste your meal.

Instagram’s most recent user statistics reveal that the network is bombarded with upwards of 40 million photos every day. With hundreds of different hashtags that could be used on food related images, it is hard to track just how many photos have food related ...

The U.S. Gov Is About to Release New Dietary Guidelines

At your annual check-up next year, the doctor might suggest cutting your carbon footprint along with your carbs. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recommendations for a healthful diet are expected any day now and the latest draft circulated in December included sustainability and environmental impact of food as factors to promote good health.

Last week I led a PBS NewsHour Twitter Chat on the controversy over whether the DGAC’s draft inclusion of sustainability considerations and the environmental impact of foods was good public policy. The Chat confirmed one thing: Food is as personal and political as any issue out there.

The Dietary Guidelines for ...

Will the U.S. Government Cease Recommending Meat?

A battle appears to be brewing over the U.S. Federal Government’s dietary standards, and though nothing is final, the sides are lining up in a way that promises some interesting insights into competing priorities for the American diet.

In one corner, there is the U.S. Department of Agriculture: It publishes the every-5-years Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a thick, complicated set of instructions which most Americans encounter in the “eat this not that” visualization MyPlate. The guidelines are set to renew this year, and the usual federal process of committees, experts and meetings has been grinding along for several years now.

In the opposing corner, there is the country’s ...

3 New Food Products From the CES Show 2015

The dings, whirrs, and beeps heard around Las Vegas this week aren’t from slot machines. Each January, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes over Sin City and this year, food is taking over CES.

Entering “food” or “cook” in the CES exhibitor search engine just a few years ago would have yielded zero results. But the record-breaking $1-billion-plus invested in food technology in the past quarter translates to a multitude of developing products, some of which companies showed off at CES.

Unfortunately, for now, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas because most items aren’t available for purchase yet. But companies expect them to hit shelves sometime ...

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