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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...
Four countries and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have come together to create the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a fund dedicated to increasing food production and encouraging sustainable farming practices in the world's poorest countries. In the wake of the economic crisis and rising food prices, there are approximately one billion hungry people worldwide. According to the World Bank, three quarters of those one billion people depend on agriculture for a living. The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program will invest in farm machinery, improving planting and irrigation techniques and building better roads to link farmers to their markets. The U.S. has already...
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...
Naked Chef Jamie Oliver's new prime-time reality show Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution premiered on ABC last week to high ratings. The show chronicles Oliver's attempt to revamp eating habits in Huntington, West Virginia, a community that is one of the most statistically unhealthy in the U.S. Oliver is a Food Network chef, healthy food advocate and TED prize winner. In the first two episodes, he tackles the Huntington cafeteria lunch menu, quizzes elementary students on their knowledge of vegetable basics and attempts to break one family of their reliance on deep-fried foods by introducing healthy recipes. [caption id="attachment_2962" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Jamie Oliver,...
Hannaford Supermarket has joined the effort to support dairy farmers in the Northeast by launching the "Keep Local Farms" program in its 171 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont on January 12. Locally sourced dairy products in Hannaford markets will be clearly labeled with the "Keep Local Farms" icon to help increase consumer awareness and support for local dairy farmers. Hannaford is also encouraging customers to further contribute to the "Keep Local Farms" program by providing the option to donate an additional $2 or $5 upon checkout. The Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, the New England Dairy Promotion Board and the New England Family Dairy Farm Cooperative...
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...