World Food Situation Dire; School Bake Sales Now a No-no


An Australian scientist says that the world’s food situation is so bad that we will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than we ever have in history. A growing population and climate change will make the task more difficult.
[ABC News]

Small farms are all the rage, according to a Department of Agriculture census. The number of farms under 50 acres went up by nearly 15 percent between 2002 and 2007 to some 853,000 nationwide. Farms under 10 acres grew by about 30 percent.
[AP via Google]

A Minnesota dance teacher is paralyzed after eating a burger contaminated with a violent strain of E. coli. The burger was made in Wisconsin from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings that came from Nebraska, Texas, South Dakota, and Uruguay.
[NY Times]

New York schools can no longer hold bake sales. In order to minimize kids’ sugar and fat intake, the Education Department has banned most school bake sales, except those by the PTA. Kids can still bring what they like to class and to after-school sporting events.
[NY Times]

Finalists from firehouses in Brooklyn and Staten Island competed over the weekend in a cook-off filmed by the Rachael Ray show. Sal DePaeola, from Engine 160 in Staten Island, took home the prize for his Chipotle Jambalaya.
[NY Daily News]