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Notes from LinkedIn: “Prop 37″ and Labeling Genetically-Modified Foods

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 8, 2012

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This post was originally posted on November 5th as part of the LinkedIn Influencer’s Program. Proposition 37 was not passed in California on November 6th. Read some insightful responses to the outcome of the vote here and here.  

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The election is incredibly important, particularly in California. Not only will the state have a large say in who the next President will be, they also have the potential to fundamentally alter how people look at food in this country. Featured prominently on the state ballot  will be Proposition 37, a “Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Initiative.” If passed, the proposition would require food producers to label all raw or processed foods that come from any plants or animals that have undergone this form of scientific genetic change. Read More

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Notes From LinkedIN: X-Ray Vision Carrots & Changing the Way Our Children Eat

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 11, 2012


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Changing the way our children eat could be as simple as changing the way they talk about food. According to a recent study by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, children in schools are almost twice as likely to choose vegetables as part of their lunches when they have more exciting, dynamic names like “Power Punch Broccoli,” “X-Ray Vision Carrots,” and “Silly Dilly Green Beans.” While not calling for a revolution in naming, these simple observations are almost intuitive in their conclusions: making any activity fun and engaging makes children more enthusiastic about it, and eating better is no different. Read More

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From Farm to Fork: SACC’s Green Summit

By Emelyn Rude | October 8, 2012


Last week, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York held its fifth annual Green Summit, an annual event aimed at addressing the world’s biggest sustainability challenges. The theme of the occasion was sustainable eating, specifically focusing on the issue of “How to Feed a City.” Presided over by Green Summit Patron H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the day’s sessions tackled the concept of “From Farm to Fork” from a multitude of angles, including panels on corporate supply chains and changing public opinions on food and eating. Read More

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Fighting for Red Hook’s Food Vendors: An Interview with Cesar Fuentes

By Justin Chan | July 12, 2012

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Red Hook street vendor

Although Hispanics constitute the smallest demographic in Brooklyn’s Red Hook, one area of the neighborhood has been home to a significant number of Latin American food vendors. Since 1974, these vendors have served athletes and pedestrians who gather at the Red Hook Ball Fields, earning the vendors the nickname, “Ballfield Vendors.” Read More

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The Dirt in Your Food May Actually Save Your Life

By Justin Chan | July 10, 2012

Photo: Ari Moore

New plants

In a city where skyscrapers and massive buildings outnumber arable land, community gardens are hard to come by. Those that are fortunate to plant a few crops in their backyards rarely do so, leaving millions of residents scoping for processed food at their local supermarkets. Some products contain chemicals that the average consumer has little knowledge of and they may do more harm than good. Read More

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Martha Payne : A Nine Year Old Inspires Change to School Lunches

By Allana Mortell | June 18, 2012

School Lunch

The internet has always been a hotbed resource for sharing, reaching out and creating conversation with the world, but one nine year old girl from Western Scotland has revolutionized and single-handedly affected change on one food-oriented, political issue disturbing us all : that of the school lunch.

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Martha Payne created her food blog, “NeverSeconds,” over three months ago as a project to document and shed light on the options for food at her school. Describing the blog as “one primary school pupil’s daily dose of school dinners,”she posts photos of her meals on a lunch tray along with a rating system which covers everything from “number of bites” to “food-o-meter”. The blog quickly took off, garnering more than 2 million views in a matter of weeks. During that same time, Martha has been raising money for a charity close to her heart, Mary’s Meals, which provides daily meals to over 600,000 school children in 16 different countries including Kenya, Malawi, Liberia and Haiti. Before Martha’s story had reached international headlines, the young girl had helped raised about $15,000 towards Mary’s Meals but since today, donations had exploded past $127,000.  Read More

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Mother Jones Asks: What’s In Your Food?

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 8, 2012

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Tom Philpott, Karen Washington, Marcus, Tamar Adler, Carolyn Mugar

Last night I participated in a food panel with Mother Jones magazine. The topic was simply “What’s In Your Food?” and my esteemed fellow conversationalists and I discussed how the food we eat plays a critical role in our lives and in politics. From Big Ag to pink slime and food deserts to the possible ban on large servings of soda, we shared our thoughts on what we think can be done to change the way we eat.

Mother Jones publisher Steve Katz opened the floor with an examination of the word, economics. Coming from the Ancient Greek word meaning “management of a household” it got us thinking about how money affects the way we eat—but it shouldn’t.  Read More

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Governor Cuomo Ends Food Stamp Fingerprinting

By Allana Mortell | May 31, 2012

Photo: Bram Cymet

Photo: Bram Cymet

Until last week, those individuals looking to receive food stamps had to endure a very critical, degrading and frustrating fingerprinting process that has been heavily criticized by policy officials, political figures and most recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo. The past few months have seen various verbal altercations between Cuomo and City Mayor Bloomberg, who argues for the process of fingerprinting, saying how the process limits fraud. Cuomo, on the other hand has been quoted saying, “We shouldn’t treat the poor or hungry as criminals.” One of the biggest factors in Cuomo’s decision to alleviate fingerprinting altogether has to do with the efforts towards ending childhood hunger. Since almost half of all food stamp beneficiaries are children, boosting the number of eligible families who are able to receive food stamps would be an effective way to end the worldwide problem. Read More


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