Friday Faves No. 184

favorite finds from the front lines of food


Great work on these chocolate geodes! Impressive.

If you ever doubted the old saying "You are what you eat" look no further than this incredible story about how scientists are turning spinach leaves into beating human heart tissue. No kidding. This heart cells beat up to three weeks in this unusual environment. (Washington Post)

Here is the video!

This is not meant to be a political blog but food is big business and big politics. We just cannot afford to avoid what is happening so here is a quick round up of some of the latest items we need to keep on our radar screen: 

  • Will affordable produce be a thing of the past if we have no one to pick it? (Washington Post)
  • Despite evidence of being a health risk - the EPA decided not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos. (NPR)
  • Meals-on-Wheels subject to budget cut (Business Insider
  • Same goes for children's nutrition programs (Mother Jones)
  • Fisheries are getting harder to manage (Saving Seafood)
  • Your breakfast table might be more expensive in the near future as well - from the article:

    “General Mills imports most of the oats used in most of our products, like Cheerios,” CEO Ken Powell said during a panel discussion Thursday morning. “They come from Canada because [oats are] a northern crop. Geographies have natural advantages when it comes to producing certain things. So we bring oats in from Canada, we make a bunch of Cheerios in Cedar Rapids Iowa, and then a large portion of it gets exported back to Canada,” he explained. 

    “We bring cocoa in from Ghana and the Ivory Coast, vanilla from Madagascar. These are the only places you can get these things,” he continued. “We have to be careful that we’re not tariffing these kinds of import/export [relationships]. All it will do is result in higher costs on basic needs for American consumers.”