Food Waste, Food Stamps and More of What You Need to Read This Week

Forbes chose their “30 Under 30, Food and Drink”:
“If the ranks of the newest class of 30 Under 30 in food and drink are any indication, this duality is likely to extend into 2017 and beyond. The 30 young chefs, restaurateurs, food engineers and entrepreneurs who made the 2017 list are spearheading a new wave of clean eating—but they’re also churning out cakes, cookies and toffee that are well worth a ruined diet.”

The New Yorker on the rise of vertical farming:
“The mini-farm in the cafeteria at Philip’s Academy is a significant piece of technology. In fact, it is a key to the story, and it figures in the larger picture of vertical farming worldwide and of indoor agriculture in general. If the current movement to grow more food locally, in urban settings and by high-tech indoor methods follows the path that some predict for it, the mini-farm in the school cafeteria may one day have its own historical plaque.”

ScienceMag looks at the potential good use of drones in farming:
“Billions of gallons of fresh water are used every day to irrigate crops, but a lot of it gets wasted on already ripe or dying plants. Now, researchers have used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to map barley fields and determine which rows of plants are most in need of water.”

The FERN on new FDA regulations on antibiotic use in livestock:
“The rules do not ban all antibiotic use in livestock raising, and some advocates worry that they may not have as much effect as the FDA believes. But their implementation, scheduled for January 1 and confirmed by the FDA Tuesday afternoon, marks an important shift in a battle that has been going on since 1977, the first time the agency tried—and failed—to restrict farm antibiotic use.”

The Times reports on corporate funding of scientific research:
“The corporate use of academia has been documented in fields like soft drinks and pharmaceuticals. But it is rare for an academic to provide an insider’s view of the relationships being forged with corporations, and the expectations that accompany them.

A review of Syngenta’s strategy shows that Dr. Cresswell’s experience fits in with practices used by American competitors like Monsanto and across the agrochemical industry. Scientists deliver outcomes favorable to companies, while university research departments court corporate support. Universities and regulators sacrifice full autonomy by signing confidentiality agreements. And academics sometimes double as paid consultants.”

The Daily News covers
the closure of China Fun:
“Albert Wu, whose parents Dorothea and Felix owned the eatery, said the endless paperwork and constant regulation that forced the shutdown accumulated over the years.”

Mashable writes about how food stamps can now be used for online grocery shopping:
“Online grocery services from the grocers Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart’s Local Grocers and Dash’s Market will also be included in the USDA’s program. The USDA is trying to determine whether local grocers or national services like Amazon will work best for families using SNAP, the agency said in a press release.”

Vogue takes you on a ramen crawl through New York City:
“There is certainly no shortage of excellent ramen in New York City. From more traditional bowls to the funkier options made with truffle oil and Parmesan (ramen purists will say these aren’t even ramen at all, but every once in a while it’s nice to try something different and exotic), there’s something for every kind of ramen connoisseur here.”

Yes! Magazine reports on a small town that wouldn’t just go shop at Walmart:
“In October, Iola’s first grocery store in nearly a decade broke ground, thanks to a unique public-private partnership. Allen County agreed to sell property for it at a steep discount to G&W Foods Inc., a Missouri-based chain with stores scattered throughout the region.”

Food Tank looks at food waste:
“There are too many to list comprehensively, but a short list includes cutting food waste, reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases arising from diet, policy capacity building and supporting agriculture research.”