Eat your vegetables. Wash your hands. Go to school. These simple instructions, which many of us hear repeatedly throughout childhood, are the basic building blocks of growing up healthy and prepared to reach one’s full potential. However, as Roger Thurow—a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs who spoke at the Council’s food security symposium last week—explained, for millions of children around the world, it is not that simple. Continue reading
The ingredient, known as brominated vegetable oil, was the target of petitions on Change.org by teenager from Mississippi who wanted it out of PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola’s Powerade. In her petitions, Sarah Kavanagh noted that the ingredient has been patented as a flame retardant and isn’t approved for use in Japan and the European Union. Continue reading
The USDA wants you to think to twice before tossing ‘expired’ food. According to the USDA, the average American tosses out 36 pounds of food a month. That’s over 20 percent of available food that goes uneaten in the country.
“Many products may have a sell-by date of say April 1 but they could be good in your pantry for another 12 or 18 months.”
A new app called “Foodkeeper” launched earlier this month is part of a joint effort between the USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce food waste. The project, U.S. Food Waste Challenge, focuses on education, recycling, connecting potential food donors to those in need, as well as encouraging suppliers to appropriately label perishable food products like meat, poultry, and egg products to cut down on unnecessary waste. Continue reading
Participating McDonald’s locations in northeast Pennsylvania will fork over a free Egg McMuffin sandwich to diners who bring in a Taco Bell breakfast receipt now through April 17.
The promotion is limited to one per person. It was not clear if the offer was headed to other regions, though there was some evidence it may have been promoted in Texas as well.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is widely used, relatively cheaper to produce, and backed by a whole army of corn refiners. It seems to have already ousted simple table sugar from the top, eating up major percentages of the sweetener market. But there is a message of distress hidden somewhere, and the dangers are as pronounced as the convincing sweetness HFCS brings.