Top Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Food Waste App, Organic Controversy

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Have you heard about the vegan ‘Game of Thrones’ themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag’s efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants ’em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week!

Calling All Veg-Heads!

1. Wines in US Not Required to List Animal Byproducts — Want wine without animal junk in it? Go to the UK, where producers are responding to consumer demand for veg-friendly vino and labeling such accordingly. Around here? Not so much. Grr.

2. So Here’s a Vegetarian ‘Game of Thrones’ Themed Burger Called the Kale-esi — Because what screams ‘compassion and nonvioelence!’ like Game of Thrones, right?! Haha, no. BUT! As demand for vegan food grows, food purveyors respond: excellent!


3. Planned PareUp App will let you buy excess restaurant and grocery food to prevent waste — This soon-to-be launched app looks excellent! Less food waste and reduced food costs? Yes please!

4. Low Fat Plant-Based Diet Lessens Fatigue for MS Patients, Study Finds — Behold, the power of plants! It’s a small study, but promising. For an illness as intractable and as devastating as MS, each intervention that helps is a major win.


5. Sparks Fly, Organic Food in Jeopardy: Big Ag Takes Over National Organic Standards Board Meeting —  Pesticides, synthetics and GMOs don’t belong in organic food; those who sell pesticides, synthetics and GMOs disagree. Recent strong-arm tactics threaten organic standards, and deserve resistance from informed organic food consumers.

6. Unfit for Human Consumption: how nearly 9 million pounds of bad meat escaped into the food supply — Hm, let’s see: complete takeover of meat and dairy ‘regulatory’ agencies by the meat and dairy industries? Completely toothless USDA inspection policies? Ever-increasing line speeds that guarantee fecal contamination of meat products? Utterly and determinedly near-total non-transparency at animal factories, guaranteeing a win for ‘profitable’ over ‘sanitary’ every time? Pick your answer (…then eat something else)!

7. Too Much Iron from Meat May Raise Heart Risks — Speaking of eating something else: good reasons continually accumulate! Start here.

8. Subway leads fast food industry in underpaying workers — Though marketers spin it as a better option than other fast food purveyors, when it comes to worker exploitation Subway’s right down there with the rest of ’em. I can make my own sandwich, thanks!

Food for Thought

9. Enterprise Draws Link Between Housing, Health and Nutrition — Housing inequality, food insecurity, and diet-driven health risks are 3 peas in a rotten little pod. Can we improve that last thing by addressing the first? (The answer seems to be ‘probably.’)

10. Will Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Stick? — Watch this space! Vermont and Monsanto et al will blaze some new GMO labeling legal trails here, one way or the other, with huge potential to impact your food (and whether or not you’re allowed to know what’s in it).

11. How test-tube meat could be the future of food — Better than factory farming? Yeah: I’ll spot you that one. But is it the best we can do, is it the most positive change we can hope for from our distressed and dysfunctional modern food system? I don’t think so. I’ve written about this before, if you’re interested in why I think Lab Meat Is & Isn’t the Answer.

To Be Continued!

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2 thoughts on “Top Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Food Waste App, Organic Controversy”

  1. Rod Averbuch

    The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste.
    The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain.
    The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill.
    The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at

    Chicago, IL

  2. Great article! Interesting to see the development of test tube meat. I think they should have started with eggs first personally. We already have seitan a.k.a wheat meat though not gluten free.

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