Even in this week of dark and ominous storm clouds that rained down on us 550 million tainted eggs and a 380,000 pound deli meat recall from Wal-Mart, there were some flickers of brightness.
Jaime Oliver won the Emmy for The Outstanding Reality Program for Food Revolution! This is amazing and even more amazing you can sign a petition on his website like 615,000 other people have. He hopes to present the petition President Obama and First Lady as a way to encourage further food policy changes here in the U.S. I am including two of my personal favorite clips.
This second one hurts my heart a little, but that’s the point.
The usually useless and toothless USDA is doing something that will be vital for the economic stability of locally sourced meat producers. They are supporting mobile slaughterhouses. This is a great beginning for getting away from the cesspool CAFO’s.
Rooftop growing is becoming increasingly popular, and that alone is good food news. Here is a short list of people who bring us innovation and hope in our tragically toxic food environment.
Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. She is an educator, vegetarian, all around amazing woman and grows a whole lot more than trees in Brooklyn.
Dan Dilworth and Kevin Denton of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City for building a rain water irrigated rooftop garden from which they serve their customers.
Bon Appetit lists 10 more folks here.
Last on the list but by no means least is John Mooney whose restaurant Bell Book and Candle boasts a hydroponic garden on the roof that supplies his menu. See his wonderful garden here.
Bobby Flay is going to the cooking channel this fall season, with Brunch @ Bobby’s and this is good news because you can never get enough Bobby Flay?
Admittedly, this one is a bit of a stretch for good food news but food does often come in these babies so I’m going to count it and it’s my blog. So there. China has already banned the single use plastic bag and California is proposing to do the same. The amount of resources that we use to create these ‘freebies’ is astounding, grist does a good breakdown on the economics.
That’s it for this week. If you come across good food news during the week, send me a link so I can check it out!
- What the Egg and Deli-Meat Recalls Could Mean for Animal Welfare (animals.change.org)
- Tyson Foods unit recalls deli meats (marketwatch.com)
- Tyson Foods, Zemco Industries: Deli Meat Recall From Walmart (nowpublic.com)
- Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm Greens New York City Skyline (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)