Global Warming Could Cause Rice Famine; ‘Ethnic BBQ’ Among Big Pork and Poultry Trends


Global warming could significantly impact the production of rice, which could lead to higher prices, fears over food security, and more hunger in an increasingly populated world. [Reuters]

Food magazines are outperforming celebrity magazines, with sales at Cooking With Paula Deen and Martha Stewart Living stronger than those at titles like O. [NY Post]

Meanwhile, about half of Americans watch food TV, with Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals as the most watched and Emeril and Paula Deen tied for second. [NY Post]

A new study reveals that people who read food labels eat healthier than those who don’t pay attention to information like calorie, saturated fat, sodium, and fiber content. [BusinessWeek]

McDonald’s value-priced smoothies and frappes helped boost the chain’s sales over the summer, some 5.7 percent all told. [NY Daily News]

The biggest pork and poultry trends include ethnic barbecue, breakfast all day, small plates, unusual cuts of pork like pigs’ ears, and homemade sausage. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

More and more Brooklyn bakers are “professional amateurs” who haven’t had any formal training or professional experience, but sell their goods at local street markets. [Brooklyn Paper]

A Burger King franchisee in New York was arrested for embezzling more than $260,000 from a retirement fund for his employees. [Wall Street Journal]