Pollan’s ‘In Defense of Food’ Sparks Debate; Le Fooding Courts Michelle Obama


As they approach their first U.S. event this weekend, entitled “Le Fooding d’Amour Paris-New York,” members of the French culinary group Le Fooding are thinking big. So big, that they’ve sent a letter to the first lady inviting her to attend.
[NY Times]

A new proposal by the city would offer zoning and tax incentives to spur the development of grocery stores selling non-perishable goods in neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce, and poverty and obesity rates are high.
[NY Times]

Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food has sparked a debate in Dairyland, where students at University of Wisconsin-Madison received the book for free. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, called the book “a direct attack” on modern farming.
[AP via Google]

How would a fat tax really affect America? For starters, “its impact would fall most directly on poor, nonwhite people who tend to be the most avid consumers of soft drinks and the most sensitive to price.”

For at least five years, an increasing number of Muslim-Americans have flocked to Chuck E. Cheese inside the Atlantic Terminal Mall for the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
[Brooklyn Paper]