New Super-Preservative Discovered; No Food Deserts in NYC?

Mushrooms have been added to the growing list of foods suspected of radiation poisoning in Japan. [Bloomberg]

Researchers have discovered a preservative, called bisin, that could extend food's (and wine's) life span for years, even without refrigeration. [Daily Mail]

As more and more properties get foreclosed on throughout the country, guerrilla foragers are emerging to pick fruit and vegetables from abandoned gardens. [NY Times]

We've gone oyster-mad in this town. Get yours at Maison Premiere, Brooklyn Oyster Party at Smorgasburb, and Ed's Raw Bar at BeerParc. [NY Post]

Dried pasta maker Barilla will hand out 20,000 free dinner kits from a branded food truck today, and will donate $1 for each meal to Food Bank NYC. [CBS News]

According to the USDA's food-desert map, only about 26,000 New Yorkers are in food deserts. But the city thinks the number is closer to 3 million. [NY Daily News, previously]

Jeff Mauro, winner of Food Network Star, is already working on his show, which will be called Sandwich King. [Ace Showbiz]

Michael Vaughn, the Ringling Bros. chef, who also operates a food truck that feeds the circus staff, offers advice on operating a food truck. [Nation's Restaurant News]

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