A standout among the Brooklyn Food Book Fair's more agreeable events -- a talk about the Midwest's culinary identity, a conversation on social entrepreneurship -- was a contentious panel discussion on genetically engineered foods, presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Two scientists, a ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
In case you missed it: Twin bills are currently moving through the New York Senate and Assembly requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. After Proposition 37 was shot down in California last year, New York's might seem like a fruitless effort against a monolithic biotech lobby, but it's ... More >>
Food activists against "franken-food" will have to put a pause on taking down genetically modified products. Voters in California rejected Prop. 37, a law that if passed would have made California the first state to label processed food containing genetically modified ingredients. [See More: Mariju ... More >>
NBC reports that Peter Dinklage, the 42-year-old Game of Thrones star who's been a vegetarian since he was a teenager, will spend the show's off-season as a national spokesman for Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals.
A U.S. District Court hearing in downtown New York today could determine the eventual fate of several organic farmers from across the country, including some in upstate New York. The hearing centered on a "pre-emptive" suit led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA), against agr ... More >>
Meat made in a petri dish is apparently a real thing. In what appears to be the culinary world's latest interpretation of Mary Shelley, scientists have already solved the riddle of making animal flesh in a lab, and are now figuring out how to sell it profitably, according to Food Safety News.
Marcus Samuelsson has recently penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post, in which he implores readers to think deeply about food policy during the upcoming elections.
A study conducted by professors at IMD business school, Penn State, and Erlangen-Nuremberg University has led them to conclude that bosses who display narcissistic qualities often perform better than run-of-the mill executives. Frederick Allen, leadership editor of Forbes, writes that the stu ... More >>
Where's Harrison Ford when you need him?
Food Republic revealed five things you should know about fracking and food. The Daily Meal gave us 10 fantastic wine cocktails. And we could really use one right about now. The Feast uncovered great happy hour deals in Midtown and Chelsea. The Food Section looked into reasons to defend GM foods. ... More >>
pointnshoot/FlickrWould you like some fries with your stem cells?Meat. It seems we can't live without it, even if the American Meat Institute, global warming, and the horrors of factory farming keep giving us reason after reason to. Because scientists tend to be a fairly intelligent lot, they ... More >>
Samples of human cheese were offered last night at Feast in Greenpoint. Human cheese is one of those topics you wish would just go away. It first reared its ugly head last year when a blogger-chef from a certain Chelsea bistro suggested he'd milked his wife to make cheese for a private party ... More >>
inhabitat.comIt's alive!In the second edition of his new op-ed column, Mark Bittman examines the regulations behind genetically modified foods. In short, the USDA now allows three types of genetically engineered foods to be used in food production and none of these will be mentioned on the la ... More >>
Oh, Monsanto!"To me, using GMO crops is like making love to a toxic blow-up doll every night." --Fourth-generation farmer Eric Herm, explaining to Leonard Lopate earlier today why he has no plans to use genetically modified crops on his Texas farm. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send ... More >>
The great canned pumpkin shortage of 2009-10 has ended. Nestle, which sells about 85 percent of the canned pumpkin in the U.S., said increased demand was to blame for the shortage. [Boston Herald] As the FDA nears the approval of genetically modified salmon, questions over its safety have ar ... More >>
Phil Ross, a San Francisco-based chef and artist, hosted an insect-based meal at Brooklyn Kitchen this past weekend, as a means to promote a tasty, sustainable diet of animals you can raise yourself at home. [NY Times] Less than a month after Eataly was unleashed on New Yorkers, a roundup of ... More >>
Despite so many low-fat and dairy-free ice cream alternatives available, Americans still prefer plain-vanilla ice cream. [Time] Meanwhile, ever wonder how artisanal ice cream can be more expensive than prime rib eye? Vendors say it's the top-quality ingredients. [NY Times] Taco Bell's new l ... More >>
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A Time magazine article came out earlier this month discussing a steroid called dexamethasone, which Maria New, a pediatric endocrinologist and researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center -- and one of the world's foremost experts in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH -- has advised pregnant ... More >>
Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>
Follow the arrow to the compostable plastic made from corn being used at Bark Hot Dogs, among other environmentally conscious places around town. Eco-conscious diners have been patting themselves on the back recently for patronizing places that use environmentally-friendly "Greenware," but m ... More >>
A new study has revealed differences in the brains of people who are good at controlling their urges--like, say, overeating--versus those who aren't. Apparently, we all use the same part of the brain to make decisions, but a second part of the brain in people with good self-control can help them cur ... More >>
The first in-vitro meat symposium was held last week in Norway. Yes, in-vitro meat, as in meat grown in a lab, from cell culture. That sounds pretty gross, but it's actually no more disgusting (and infinitely more humane) than many factory-farming practices. Jason G. Matheny, of New Harvest, jus ... More >>
Photo illustration via clonedmeat.info Without a label on the package, it's nearly impossible to know much about the origins of a piece of raw meat. So with the imminent arrival of cloned meat at a supermarket near you, Councilwoman Gale Brewer wants those distinctions to be made compulsory. “Ju ... More >>
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