by Emily Contois
If you’re like me, you’re currently working (and perhaps panicking a little) to craft compelling theses for your final term papers. This time in the semester tends to also coincide with more time than usual spent on Facebook and Twitter, as we procrastinate and somehow buy into the admittedly insane premise that the inspiration to complete our work can be found in our friends’ status updates. Well, work-life balance is indeed a never-ending quest; so feel free to click through this edition of Food News Round Up instead of writing your papers — and it just might jog something brilliant in your brain.
Government Food News to Consider
- FDA responds to 1.1 million in support of GM labeling with: no response
- Food fraud report commissioned by Homeland Security reveals most adulterated foods, including olive oil, milk, and honey
Foods Film and Art to View
- Film, The Harvest, reveals nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest 25% of our crops
- Southern Foodways Alliance film, Pride & Joy, to launch September 2012
- Artist Klaus Pichler showcases rotting food in still life series, offers food waste critique
International Food Issues to Discuss
- Food risk rises as import reliance makes U.S. safety harder
- What Cuba can teach us about food and climate change
- Asia’s only female Master of Wine, Jeannie Cho Lee, argues more than German Riesling pairs with Chinese food
Food History to Enjoy
- The fishy tale behind eating fish on Friday
- True roots of agriculture discovered to be 10,000 years earlier than previously thought
- How WWII changed the way Americans ate
Tricky Food Questions to Ponder
- It came from the media: what prompted the ruckus about “pink slime”? and is it unhealthy?
- Can food really be addictive? Yes, says national drug expert
- Is the American Dietetic Association attempting to limit market competition in nutrition counseling?
Emily is a current gastronomy student and graduate assistant, editing the Gastronomy at BU blog, January-August, 2012. Check out her research in food studies, nutrition, and public health on her blog, emilycontois.com.