Farmers Forced to Fundraise After the Flood; Tainted Cantaloupes Kill 13

After the government turned down Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to test a ban on food-stamp use for soda, experts are now urging that the government conduct its own study of such a ban. [NY Times]

There is now such thing as a foodie magician. His biggest trick? Guessing what your favorite restaurant is. Ta-da! [NY Times]

Two vets have reignited the vendor wars in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by returning to the contested spot to compete with the food carts already there. [NY Times]

Farmers upstate are raising money to help subsidize major losses attributed to Tropical Storm Irene with barbecue dinners and chicken-shit bingo fundraisers. [NY Times]

A licensing company has secured a deal to pay $1.3 million to use the name Tavern on the Green for restaurants outside the New York area. [Diner's Journal]

In the deadliest food-poisoning outbreak in a decade, at least 13 people are dead and 72 sickened by listeria-tainted cantaloupes. [MSNBC]

The American Egg Board, National Milk Producers Federation, and National Pork Board have banded together for an $11 million PR campaign to fight the label "Big Ag." [NY Times]

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