Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope’ with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by bistrokids

Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope’ with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Thursday, April 17th, 7:00 PM, Unity on the Plaza

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist and author who is changing the way the world thinks about food, agriculture and sustainability.

Her lecture, “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope,” will address the value of diversity in nature and in society, as well how the monoculture of the mind can destroy that diversity at every level. She will share what is happening to seed and food, and how ‘Gardens Of Hope’ protect Seed Freedom and Food Democracy.

Her message of local ownership and self-sufficiency in the production and distribution of food offers a powerful case for the development of urban and local food systems that we’ve seen in Kansas City over the last ten years; her deep understanding of sustainability challenges us to keep reaching across sectors, disciplines, and communities as we grow our regional food system.

Hosted by: Cultivate Kansas City, UMKC’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Major Harvest Sponsor: Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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Chick-Fil-A Removing Artificial Dye, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Posted in News links, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2014 by bistrokids

NEW YORK (AP) — Chick-fil-A says it’s removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.

The fast-food chicken chain says the reformulated buns are being tested in about 200 Georgia locations, while the sauces and dressings will be tested starting early next year. It says it also removed a yellow dye from its chicken soup and that the new recipe should be in all restaurants by the end of this month.

It’s also testing a new peanut oil, with hopes of a rollout early next year.

The changes come after blogger Vani Hari wrote a post in 2011 titled “Chick-fil-A or Chemical Fil-A?” on her site, FoodBabe.com. It noted that the chain’s sandwich had nearly 100 ingredients, including peanut oil with TBHQ, a chemical made from butane. Hari, based in Charlotte, N.C., continued writing about Chick-fil-A’s ingredients.

Then last year, the company invited her to its headquarters to spend the day talking with executives.

“They took my concerns and started developing a road map of how to address them,” Hari said. On Wednesday, she said she was notified about the changes in an email from the company.
READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/chick-fil-a-artificial-dye_n_4379189.html

Boulder Valley looking to serve up high school lunches via food truck

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by bistrokids

The Boulder Valley School District is poised to jump on the food truck trend, thanks to a $75,000 donation from Whole Foods.

The donation, which needs the approval of the school board at its meeting on Tuesday night, will pay for a pre-owned food truck that the district plans to rotate around its five large high schools — Boulder, Fairview, Monarch, Centaurus and Broomfield — potentially adding in smaller high schools as the schedule allows.

“It really fits in with our healthy eating program,” said Ann Cooper, Boulder Valley’s food services director. “Instead of leaving campus, (students) can come to the truck and get really great hamburgers or whatever it is we’re going to serve.

“I’m really, really excited about it. It showcases what we do and will promote the school lunch program to the community.”

The goal is to up the appeal of school lunches, boosting the district’s high school numbers. Now, less than 20 percent of the district’s high school students buy hot lunches at school.

“High school students are our biggest challenge,” Cooper said.

A few districts around the country have added food trucks of their own, while others are fighting to keep outside food trucks away from their schools.

In Colorado, the Jefferson County School District uses a food truck in its summer food program. But, so far, no other districts in the state appear to have tried a mobile lunch option during the school year, said Brehan Riley, nutrition program supervisor at the Colorado Department of Education.

“With the high schoolers especially, it’s a great idea,” Riley said. “Food trucks are very popular. It’s something different.”

The donation was a good fit for Whole Foods, a longtime partner in Boulder Valley’s efforts to make its school lunches healthier, said Ben Friedland, an executive marketing coordinator for the grocer.

“A food truck is going to help them continue to serve healthy lunches to kids throughout our community,” he said.
READ MORE: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_25220182/boulder-valley-looking-serve-up-high-school-lunches

Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by bistrokids

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just about what America’s kids are getting in the lunch line.

The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds — part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls “a new norm” for today’s schoolchildren and future generations.

“This new approach to eating and activity is not just a fad,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as she described the proposed rules at the White House.

Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day would be phased out under the Agriculture Department rules, which are intended to ensure that marketing is brought in line with health standards that already apply to food served by public schools.
READ MORE: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/24/rules-to-limit-marketing-unhealthy-food-in-schools/

Dietitians say anti-wheat, pro-nutrition info sentiments will top 2014 trends

Posted in News links on January 10, 2014 by bistrokids

Dietitians say anti-wheat, pro-nutrition info sentiments will top 2014 trends

By Maggie Hennessy, 07-Jan-2014

Consumers are demanding more nutritional information than ever, and yet obesity rates continue to climb, with some dietitians worrying that Americans are becoming complacent in their unhealthy weights. Kale, chia and wheat-free will stay hot in 2014, while low-fat diets will fall out of favor.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Trends/Gluten-free/Dietitians-say-anti-wheat-pro-nutrition-info-sentiments-will-top-2014-trends

General Mills Removes All GMOs From Cheerios

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by bistrokids

From our friends at morningnewsbeat.com

General Mills said yesterday that it has stopped using genetically modified ingredients in its original version of Cheerios cereal.

According to the USA Today story, “While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its sourcing — and now, for example, only uses non-GMO pure cane sugar instead of beet sugar, says spokesman Mike Siemienas.”

The story also says that “General Mills has no plans to phase out GMOs from its other cereals in the U.S, even though most Cheerios varieties sold in Europe are made without GMOs.”

And, the story goes on, “The move is being hailed by anti-GMO activist groups as a major victory. It comes at a time activists have been increasingly pressuring American food makers to remove GMOs from all foods — or, at the very least, label all foods that do contain GMOs.”

The Wall Street Journal story says that “the 73-year-old breakfast cereal one of the highest-profile brands to change in the face of growing complaints over such ingredients from activist groups and some consumers.”

The Journal also notes that General Mills “started manufacturing the GMO-free cereal several weeks ago, and expects it to be available to consumers ‘shortly,’ once the products have made their way through the distribution system and onto shelves. The Cheerios will carry the label ‘Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients,’ though the company notes that they could contain trace amounts due to contamination in shipping or manufacturing.”

KC’s View: To me, it is the labeling on the package that is more important than the actual policy change.

It shows that such labels are possible. It shows that in the opinion one big company, such labels are desired by consumers, and may be welcomed even by those who are not calling for them.

It is an important move, because it is not being taken by a small, fringe manufacturer. You don’t get more mainstream than Cheerios.

The tide is turning.

U.S. permanently relaxes rules aimed at healthier school meals

Posted in News links with tags , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by bistrokids

Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childhood obesity by reining in calories and portion sizes but aroused complaints the policies caused students to go hungry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had initially loosened the rules in late 2012, suspending daily and weekly maximum amounts for grains and meat or meal alternatives. That allowed school districts to service larger portions without penalty.

“Earlier this school year, USDA made a commitment to school nutrition professionals that we would make the meat and grain flexibility permanent and provide needed stability for long-term planning. We have delivered on that promise,” Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said in a statement.

Read more:http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/03/usa-health-schoolmeals-idINDEEA0201B20140103