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@marionnestle Weekend reading: Food Trucks! - Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel, eds.  Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice.  MIT Press, 2017. I love books about single food topics and how wonderful to have one about food trucks, seemingly ubiquitous these days.  But who knew they were a subject for research. This book covers anything you might want to know about this phenomenon–from local regulations, to how safe they are, to the politics of who owns them, wh...
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@marionnestle Eating 14.5 pints of ice cream in 6 minutes is not enough to win an eating contest - It’s summer, it’s hot, and I enjoy ice cream, so I was riveted to learn the sad fate of Joey Chestnut who lost the Indiana State Fair’s World Ice Cream Eating Championship because he only consumed 14.5 pints (!) in six minutes (the winner consumed 15.5 pints in that time). Chestnut, who took second place Sunday, is an 11-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion. He became well-known local...
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@marionnestle Jury rules Roundup carcinogenic, Monsanto malicious: awards $289 million to plaintiff - The Guardian’s account of the verdict: Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man’s cancer Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge victory in the landmark case on Friday, with the jury determining that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer and that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure. The jury furthe...
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@marionnestle Weekend reading: Cocoa - Kristy Leissle.  Cocoa.  Polity, 2018. This book is flat-out about the politics of worldwide cocoa production: who holds power in the marketplace, sets prices, establishes the terms of trade, establishes and enforces standards of quality, and pays workers decently. As for the sustainability of the cocoa industry, Leissle offers this definition: sustainable cocoa is compensated well enough that farmers want to continue growing it as their primary employ...
Weekend reading: Cocoa
Weekend reading: Cocoa
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@marionnestle Global Meat News on the meat market in China - This is a collection of articles on the Chinese market for meat from the daily industry newsletter, Global Meat News. Special Edition: Focus on China China has been the highlight of the international meat market this year in terms of re-igniting unexpected relationships for trade access and its continuous clashes with the US market. With the Asian sector ramping up its global position, will we see China dominate the meat market in...
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@marionnestle CDC’s latest stats on foodborne illness - The CDC has issued its counts for the extent and cause of illnesses and deaths caused by eating contaminated food for the years 2009-2015. For starters, outbreaks of foodborne illness increased during this period. From 2009–2015, the CDC reports: 5,760 outbreaks (more than one person becoming ill from the same source) 100,939 illnesses 5,699 hospitalizations 145 deaths Every US state and territory reported at least one outbreak. Multis...
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@marionnestle Mars Wrigley says you are not eating enough candy. It wants to fix that. - Candy makers, like all food producers, want to sell more of their products.  From the standpoint of Mars Wrigley Confectionary, you need to eat more candy. By some accounts, the US doesn’t even rank in the top ten countries in per capita candy consumption.  The Census Bureau says the average American—does this mean you?—consumes 22 pounds of candy per year. Candy sales come in peaks. Mars—now Mars Wrigl...
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@marionnestle What’s in dietary supplements? NutraIngredients on transparency - NutraIngredients is another one of those industry newsletters I read every day.  Here is its collection of articles—a special edition—on supplements.  In the United States, supplement ingredients and labels are governed by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which effectively deregulated the products leaving the public to take the products on trust, sometimes justifiably, but sometimes not. ...
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@marionnestle Weekend reading: I Am Not a Tractor! - Susan L. Marquis.  I Am Not a Tractor!  How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won.  ILR Press, 2017. Susan Marquis is the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an unlikely person to be writing this book.  Her background is in military defense, which she describes as “guns and bombs” (her previous book was Unconventional Warfare: Rebuilding US Special Operations Forces). As she explains, it was inspired by Barry Es...
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@marionnestle Eat meat and reduce carbon emissions. How? Feed cattle on grass. - In response to my post last week about a new report on the effects of meat production on climate change and the need to eat less meat, Ridge Shinn, a producer of 100% grass-fed beef reminded me that meat has a place in the diet and raising cattle does not have to harm the planet. The whole point of cattle raising is to graze the animals on land that cannot be used to produce food for people and let them turn gr...
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