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The Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on Thursday, a bill that will provide $4.5 billion to make school food more nutritious. The New York Times reports the bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and will now move to the House of Representatives, where it is also expected to pass. The current school nutrition legislation will expire on September 30. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will continue the existing nutrition programs in schools and add the first non-inflationary increase in funding since 1973. The funding will allow schools to update their menus with healthier choices and set higher health standards that include more fruits and vegetables and less salt and fat....
Only Free-Range Eggs in California. A new law says egg producers located outside California that want to sell their eggs in-state must meet the same humane requirements for their chickens as California egg producers. The law says that hens must have enough living space to be considered "cage-free." The cage-free ruling will most likely increase the price of California eggs for the consumer because the farmer’s overhead costs will be more expensive. However, the upside is that humanely raised chickens can improve food safety because hens living in stressful conditions have reduced immunity to illness, and their eggs can put the consumer at risk. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the new...
In California, more than 6 million tons of food products are thrown away every year by farms, restaurants and supermarkets. Food shelters, on the other hand, do not have the supply to meet the ever-increasing demand. A recent examination by California Watch and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism took a close look at California’s food system to try to identify the reasons why these unwanted food products are not channelled to food banks and other organizations where donations are greatly needed. The examination concluded that many grocery stores are more likely to throw away food than to donate it to local food banks because of liability concerns. Often, stores will donate...
In an op-ed article for the New York Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof points out that although Steven Hentges of the American Chemistry Council dismisses the results of BPA testing, many studies show links between BPA and adverse health effects, including reproductive abnormalities, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes and heart disease. According to Consumer Reports, an FDA special scientific advisory panel reported in 2008 that the agency’s standard for BPA levels was inadequate and should be re-evaluated. Bills are currently pending in Congress that would ban the use of BPA in all food and beverage containers. Until changes are made to...