Food News Round-Up

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As I was browsing the internet and reading e-mails today, I came across a number of interesting food-related headlines. Instead of blogging them all, I’ve put them in an easily digestible (no pun intended) format, below:

  • Tomorrow, Greenpeace will release a new version of their list of supermarkets ranked in order of seafood sustainability. At the top, Whole Foods. At the bottom, stores like Trader Joe’s and Price Chopper that still stock “red list” animals like swordfish and Chilean sea bass.

  • A new gadget that looks like a Pixar character produces drinking water out of humid air.

  • Netflix is buying DVDs of a controversial animal rights documentary, despite the fact the film has no distributor. The documentary, Earthlings, was requested by so many Netflix users that the company decided to make an exception to their usual policies.

  • PETA’s Bruce Friedrich, via the Huffington Post, raises some interesting points about a comprehensive food policy under Obama.

  • Vanilla-lovers may be in trouble. A nasty, orchid-killing fungus has broken out on the island of Madagascar, which produces 60 percent of the world’s vanilla beans.

  • Experts say just because a fruit is brighter, or tastes better, doesn’t mean it’s more nutritious.
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