Slushies Go Upmarket; Sotheby's to Auction Rare Veggies

Mario Batali is writing a vegetarian cookbook. He already hosts "Meatless Mondays" at all 14 of his restaurants and limits himself to five meals with meat per week. [NY Daily News]

Upmarket slushies are all the rage. Not only is a new food truck specializing in all-natural shaved ices, but you can also get one at Oceana, Pulino's, and Juliet Kitchen & Grill. [NY Post]

A federal judge has overruled the five-year-old approval of genetically modified sugar beets, which could disrupt supplies a year from now. [Wall Street Journal]

Ramadan has begun. It involves fasting for an entire month, a feat especially difficult for Muslim food vendors who handle kebabs and cold drinks all day. [Wall Street Journal]

Scientists in England are proposing that fast-food joints dispense cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to their customers alongside fatty foods. [CBS News]

A new report states that in order to sustain the 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 without destroying the earth, we might have to live on artificial meat grown in vats. [Guardian]

With sushi chef revenues on the decline in Japan, students from the Tokyo Sushi Academy plan to join the growing ranks of professional Japanese chefs overseas. [NY Times]

Sotheby's will auction heirloom vegetables as part of a benefit, with Turkish Orange eggplant, Lady Godiva squash, and Pink Banana pumpkin going for $1,000 a crate. [Wall Street Journal]

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