Woah, guys. Things have gotten real busy around here and brayfood has been slightly neglected. Between 8 to 10 hour work days and trying to squeeze in yoga and a little fun, I have been busy and exhausted. I’ve had the bold idea to wake up at 7 and do a little blogging before work, but sleep keeps on winning. It is all good though, because I LOVE my job! This is the first job I have had since being a camp counselor (wtc 4eva) that I have really enjoyed – and not minded putting in long hours for. You will see why when I post some photos from my farm visits yesterday. So it is with gratitude that I relay my new hectic schedule. Eventually I will figure out a good balance, because I am determined not to let brayfood become another neglected wordpress site!
On to what is going on in the food world…
The government shutdown has vast implications for the American food supply. Yesterday the New York Times reported on the risk to food safety seen in furloughs. Inspections of domestic food except for meat and poultry have been stopped due to the gridlock in Congress. The Center for Disease Control had to recall furloughed workers to handle a salmonella outbreak that has affected people in eight states. The Food and Drug Administration, which handles food safety, is already under funded and short-staffed, with more than half the agency required to stay at home, they are unable to ensure the food supply is safe. The shutdown not only puts our domestic food supply at risk, but also is detrimental for farmer’s trying to plan for next years crops. The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate report was cancelled due to the shutdown, leaving farmers in the dark about commodity markets.
Oh, Ladycakes does it again! Even though I love dairy (from happy healthy cows) and gluten poses no threat to my system, her recipes demonstrate that desert can be just as good (if not better) without them. This raw chocolate pistachio gelato is calling my name. There are only 5 ingredients, Michael Pollan would approve.
Starbucks is getting in the juice game. Fresh pressed juice has pretty much gone viral over the last year, and the success of pricey cleanses such as Blueprint has made it evident that American’s are willing to shell out the big bucks for some fruit and veggie packed liquids. Starbucks acquired Evolution, a juice company in 2011 and is getting ready to roll out a massive marketing campaign to convince customers to add another beverage to their daily routine. I personally love juice, and was thrilled when I found a juicer for $10 at a garage sale, but juice is not always all it is cracked up to be. Evolution boasts they use a high-pressure-process instead of pasteurization in order to retain more vitamins, however food scientists at Cornell have debunked their claims. Save your money and make your own juice – or up your produce intake and get the benefits of fiber too!
Check out this map from the artists behind The Poverty Line. They seek to explore what it means to be poor and they show photographs of the daily amount of food a person can buy if their income lies at the poverty line. Get it together America!
Food Day is coming up on October 24th! It is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it. Find out ways to get involved here.
Happy Friday – and stay tuned for a post this weekend!