Welcome to the Guide 2 Good Food’s Community News section, where every two weeks we provide updates on what the Change Food Community is doing as well as report important, time sensitive news. (The Change Food Community consists of Change Food speakers as well as former TEDxManhattan speakers.)
- The work of the Humane Society is seeing tangible results as 175 retailers have pledged to go cage-free in the next 10 years. Humane Society President, Wayne Pacelle, details the work that has been done and response in his new book (released April 2016).
International Food News
- One of the largest drivers of junk food sale is advertising and marketing directed at children under age twelve, specifically in the form of commercials. Countries around the world are taking steps to address this issue through increased product information requirements and restrictions on product placement and advertising content and timing.
- The Canadian government is investing in gluten-free awareness efforts. This will include the formation of a certification standard for gluten-free grains that can be opted into and run by the Canadian Celiac Association
- Chef Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave was featured on Agri-Pulse’s Open-Mic. He discusses what led to the founding of Wholesome Wave and how it works to double the benefit of food stamps when spent at farmers’ markets and select retailers. He also discusses the opportunity and significance of SNAP program participants to use their SNAP dollars to buy seeds to grow their own plants to provide larger quantities of food for their families as well as open up the option for them to sell some of their produce to make supplemental funds.
Call to Action
- Thrive Market has released a petition requesting that the USDA let people use their food stamps online, so that individuals and families can access less expensive healthier options. Sign the petition here.
- Roundup, also known as glyphosate, is an herbicide made by Monsanto. Despite being listed as a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency, is used by most Big Ag on crops. The biggest issue with Roundup is that is it being tested as present in rain, streams, and air, so selectively purchasing Roundup-free or organic crops is not enough to avoid contact. You can sign the petition here to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) you support the elimination of Roundup from this country’s agriculture.
- On July 11, 2016, from 6:30 PM – 9:00PM, the Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a viewing of the Peabody Award-winning film King Corn, a documentary about “two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.” This documentary takes a closer look at the impact of government subsidies and industrialization in corn growth on farming in this country. Both filmmakers – Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney – spoke at TEDxManhattan 2011.
- On July 25, 2016, from 6:30 PM – 9:00PM, the Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a viewing of Fed Up, a documentary examining the food industry’s role in the United States’ obesity epidemic. An introduction and follow-up discussion will be led by local restaurateurs and food activists, George Weld and Evan Hanczor. This is a free event, however seating is first come, first served. Fed Up is co-produced by TEDxManhattan 2011 speaker Laurie David.
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Andrea Oran is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and the Culinary Institute of America, with a passion for fine dining and sustainable cooking. She is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School looking to pursue a career in restaurant development.