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Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Organic Controversy, and More

Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Organic Controversy, and More

Have you heard about the vegan “Game of Thrones” themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag’s efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants  ’em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week!

Calling All Veg-Heads!

1. Wines in US Not Required to List Animal Byproducts — Want wine without animal junk in it? Go to the UK, where producers are responding to consumer demand for veg-friendly vino and labeling such accordingly. Around here? Not so much. Grr.

2. So Here’s a Vegetarian “Game of Thrones” Themed Burger Called the Kale-esi — Because what screams “compassion and nonviolence!” like Game of Thrones, right?! Haha, no. BUT! As demand for vegan food grows, food purveyors respond: excellent!


3. Planned PareUp App will let you buy excess restaurant and grocery food to prevent waste — This soon-to-be launched app looks excellent! Less food waste and reduced food costs? Yes please!

4. Low Fat Plant-Based Diet Lessens Fatigue for MS Patients, Study Finds — Behold, the power of plants! It’s a small study, but promising. For an illness as intractable and as devastating as MS, each intervention that helps is a major win.


5. Sparks Fly, Organic Food in Jeopardy: Big Ag Takes Over National Organic Standards Board Meeting –  Pesticides, synthetics and GMOs don’t belong in organic food; those who sell pesticides, synthetics and GMOs disagree. Recent strong-arm tactics threaten organic standards, and deserve resistance from informed organic food consumers.

6. Unfit for Human Consumption: how nearly 9 million pounds of bad meat escaped into the food supply — Hm, let’s see: complete takeover of meat and dairy “regulatory” agencies by the meat and dairy industries? Completely toothless USDA inspection policies? Ever-increasing line speeds that guarantee fecal contamination of meat products? Utterly and determinedly near-total non-transparency at animal factories, guaranteeing a win for  ”profitable” over “sanitary” every time? Pick your answer (…then eat something else)!

7. Too Much Iron from Meat May Raise Heart Risks — Speaking of eating something else: good reasons continually accumulate! Start here.

8. Subway leads fast food industry in underpaying workers — Though marketers spin it as a better option than other fast food purveyors, when it comes to worker exploitation Subway’s right down there with the rest of ‘em. I can make my own sandwich, thanks!

Food for Thought

9. Enterprise Draws Link Between Housing, Health and Nutrition — Housing inequality, food insecurity, and diet-driven health risks are 3 peas in a rotten little pod. Can we improve that last thing by addressing the first? (The answer seems to be “probably.”)

10. Will Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Stick? — Watch this space! Vermont and Monsanto et al will blaze some new GMO labeling legal trails here, one way or the other, with huge potential to impact your food (and whether or not you’re allowed to know what’s in it).

11. How test-tube meat could be the future of food — Better than factory farming? Yeah: I’ll spot you that one. But is it the best we can do, is it the most positive change we can hope for from our distressed and dysfunctional modern food system? I don’t think so. I’ve written about this before, if you’re interested in why I think Lab Meat Is & Isn’t the Answer.

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Justin Gaffke

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12:58PM PDT on May 1, 2015

I must go breatharian anyway.

12:46PM PDT on May 1, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

3:07PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Would like to find more products with seaweed in them...

3:05PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

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3:11AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thank you :)

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6:18PM PDT on May 13, 2014

No.7 The PareUp App is an amazing idea! i hope it will be available in Australia

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