ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter.
Before early humans began to domesticate plants for food, they foraged the wild for fruits, roots, and nuts. Through this process of discovery, it’s likely that one of our ancestors stumbled upon an almond tree and, despite finding the first few bites to be bitter, chowed down a handful of seeds. He then promptly died.
The American food landscape has seen major changes over the past 20 years. Genetically modified crops now account for a significant share of the food supply and, at the same time, the public’s growing appetite for organic foods has helped them find a place in mainstream supermarkets. Meanwhile, an array of new food processing techniques have been introduced to make goods more marketable.
The safety of the food served by Chipotle is being called into question by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in a new publicity campaign aimed at one of the fast-casual chain’s suppliers.
The powerful union contends that risks are embedded in Chipotle’s supply chain, and is delivering that message via press statements and protests outside units. Teamsters representatives picketed two California stores, one in Sacramento, and the other in Manteca.
Heading into his elder years, organic farmer Jim Gerritsen finds himself at once optimistic about the future and more critical than ever of the flaws he sees in American agriculture.
“You may not win but you’ve got to fight,” Gerritsen, co-owner of the Wood Prairie Farm, said at a seminar with students and faculty at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, which has a new sustainable agriculture program. “All of us who have kids, we’ve got to hand them something more than what we’ve got here.”