In today’s post we continue our Top Ten Food Stories of 2011.
Yesterday’s piece focused on the food swap phenomenon, the new My Plate icon, record hunger in America, a year’s worth of lies and deceit on the food front, and the latest food fad: eating insects.
Today’s five items:6. Record Food Recalls: This year was marked by big drama in food safety circles around the country and contaminated meat wasn’t consumers’ greatest concern. The cantaloupe catastrophe saw a record-breaking listeria outbreak, the deadliest for that disease in recent U.S. history with 29 deaths reported. Other notable U.S. food-borne illness scares included the Cargill callback of more than 36 million pounds of ground turkey due to salmonella in August, which was followed by a ground beef recall by Tyson in December.
Local angle: California salad company Ready Pac Foods recalled more than 5,000 cases of bagged romaine lettuce because of E. coli contamination.
Local angle: The $200 million California FreshWorks Fund, launched this year, is designed to encourage major grocers to expand into underserved communities to improve access to affordable, nutritious food. As reported on BAB, the Oakland-based People’s Community Market may well benefit from this new initiative.
Local angle: Alice Waters was here, there, and everywhere in August, which marked the 40th anniversary of her iconic restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley. She also made breakfast for Michelle Obama, lunch for the downtown crowd at her Levi’s T-shirt launch, and dinner for Chinese cultural leaders. Waters also sought to educate adults with a lecture series sponsored by her foundation at UC Berkeley as part of Edible Education 101.eight-year-old child weighing over 200 pounds was taken from his family and placed into foster care because Ohio officials maintained the boy’s parents were not doing enough to reduce his weight, which poses a serious health risk. The move sparked a renewed debate on whether parents should lose custody of their obese offspring.
Local angle: In a sobering sign of the times, Slow Food San Francisco hosts its first annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference.
Local angle: Feeding the 99 percent in the food-focused Bay Area proves a bonding experience in the Occupy camps. Oakland Occupiers called on Trader Joe’s to support farmworkers’ rights, while Occupiers in San Francisco went after Tacolicious, in a misguided protest of the local chain’s latest restaurant in the Mission.
What other 2011 food news is worthy of inclusion in this list? Share your thoughts below.Related
Category: Bay Area Bites Food + Drink, books, magazines, newspapers, chefs, cookbooks, economy and food costs, events, food banks, hunger, volunteer, food history and celebrities, kids and family, politics, activism, food safety