What We’re Reading This Week: October 19, 2016



At the TimesEdible East End‘s photo editor Lindsay Morris shoots Foster Farm, which is betting big on vodka:
“’The New York Craft Act really kicked me in the pants,’ Mr. Foster said, referring to the law signed in late 2014 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, which eased regulations on small-batch craft-beverage producers. It was a call to the hipsters who had been making bathtub gin, but it was also a call to farmers who had been searching for a way to survive.”

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank have released the Good Food Org Guide:
“The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system.”

Vox looks at how food choices affect the presidential campaign:
“Before he morphed from reality TV star into presidential candidate, he sounded a lot more like a health-conscious foodie than a fast-food aficionado. There was a time when Trump favored heirloom tomatoes, lemongrass-infused salmon, and lingonberry sorbet.”

A bill being introduced in Congress could help urban farms, Civil Eats reports:
“The bill aims to create economic opportunities for urban farmers, expand U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loan programs to urban farmers, support the creation of urban farm co-ops to help bring products to market (and allow those co-ops to manage loans for urban farmers), invest in urban ag research, and improve access to fresh, local foods.”

At MUNCHIES, a machine that turns food waste into fertilizer:
“The process starts in the grocery stores themselves, where WISErg’s Harvester machine turns food scraps—everything from potato peels to bruised bananas to steaks past their sell-by dates—into a nutrient-rich liquid. That material is then transported to a WISErg facility, where it is converted into an organic fertilizer that is delivered to a network of farmers stretching from British Columbia to Mexico. WISErg says that its ‘downright delicious’ fertilizer improves soil health, which results in higher yields and more flavorful fruits and vegetables.”

BuzzFeed shows the impact of the bleaching crisis at the Barrier Reef:
“Scientists from the Climate Council, an independent not-for-profit dedicated to fighting climate change, travelled to the reef in late September to see how it is recovering since the full extent of the bleaching was first uncovered in March—and what they found wasn’t pretty.”

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