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In the News: food safety, food magazines, food protests

October 6, 2009

(The first in a regular column about food in the news at Yale and around the world.)

E. Coli has been all over the news this week, with horrifying and sad stories from both the New York Times and the Washington Post. What can we do as consumers? The USDA will be slow to change, but writing letters to your Senators can help — as can Mark Bittman’s advice to grind your own meat.

Hand in hand with food awareness and food safety is food preparation, and unfortunately this week we learned that a bastion of cooking quality will be ceasing publication — Gourmet magazine will end this November. Known for its beautiful photography, excellent recipes, and extensive travel writing, it will be difficult to replace. I have my favorite food blogs (Tastespotting, anyone?) but a magazine full of recipes in your hand each month is something apart.

In Europe, farmers’ unrest at falling milk prices resulted in protests outside the E.U. headquarters in Brussels yesterday — the photo alone is worth the look.

Finally, we learned this week that you aren’t only what you eat, but how you eat it. Kids who eat with their parents several times a week are less likely to drink while underage, while kids who eat too much candy were found to be more likely to turn to crime over a four-decade study. Something to think about as we move towards Halloween!

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  1. Margaret permalink*
    October 7, 2009 11:13 pm

    News update: The Times Magazine this week is The Food Issue; read it all online at

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