Most added sugars are consumed at home. This is more true for foods than for drinks.
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Legislator Wants Food Trucks Kept Away From Schools

A bill under consideration in the state Assembly would prevent mobile food vendors from operating near schools. It’s intended to stop kids from buying junk food, but owners of upscale food trucks say it’d impact their sales to adults. Reporter: Nina Thorsen

Interesting article from the Boston Globe highlights Oakland’s “up and coming food culture”, but fails to mention the impact that such gastronomic endeavors may have on gentrification and displacement. 

Is Overregulation Killing Food Trucks?

Food trucks have become staples throughout much of California but new legislation and increased regulations threaten to kill the mobile food revolution.

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Urinary tract infections linked to… chicken?

While it sounds bizarre, studies from Canadian researchers show that stricter chicken-farm ani-contamination practices may help curb cases of urinary tract infections. In 2010, researchers showed that the most common cause of the infections — E. coli bacteria — can originate in food. In a study published Wednesday, the authors show that chicken is the likely culprit.
The scientists, led by Amee R. Manges of McGill University, tested 320 samples of beef, pork and chicken. They found that the bacteria from beef and pork were far less likely to be genetically related to human urinary tract infection bacteria strains than chicken, which were closely related.
Photo credit: Noah Seelam / AFP / Getty Images

latimes:

Urinary tract infections linked to… chicken?

While it sounds bizarre, studies from Canadian researchers show that stricter chicken-farm ani-contamination practices may help curb cases of urinary tract infections. In 2010, researchers showed that the most common cause of the infections — E. coli bacteria — can originate in food. In a study published Wednesday, the authors show that chicken is the likely culprit.

The scientists, led by Amee R. Manges of McGill University, tested 320 samples of beef, pork and chicken. They found that the bacteria from beef and pork were far less likely to be genetically related to human urinary tract infection bacteria strains than chicken, which were closely related.

Photo credit: Noah Seelam / AFP / Getty Images

"We’re looking for elements within things. Almost a mystical kind of thinking…. [We think] we just have to find these magic bullets within foods that we replace and we’ll be much better," he says.
 John Swartzberg, professor of public health at University of California, Berkeley, speaking about American’s obsession with fiber and food additives.
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Mindful Eating as Food for Thought (via Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing - NYTimes.com)
Walmart Unveils “Great for You” Food Label

Walmart unveiled a new food icon on Tuesday that will appear on its private label products that meet “rigorous nutrition criteria,” the latest development in the discount chain’s effort to promote healthier food in its stores.

The “Great for You” labels will appear on Walmart Great Value and Marketside items, as well as fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables. The nutrition criteria for the products are based on guidelines from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Institute of Medicine.

Supper is now on the menu at some California schools

Over 200 California schools are joining a new federally-funded effort to provide three meals a day to children from low-income families who also attend after-school programs across the state.

This new effort is directly funded by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a bill passed by Congress in 2010. The legislation allows after-school programs to receive federal funding for supper at the same rate provided for free and reduced-price school lunches. To be eligible, the after-school program must have an educational component, such as homework tutoring or a class on health and nutrition, and at least half of students served must qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Seeds of Change

In Sacramento, food activists are creating a seed library of heirloom and GMO free seeds in order to empower locals to know their produce and share their knowledge communally. 

“When someone has a relationship with their food, it should start with the seed and it should end with the seed,” Liberation Permaculture founder Rafael Aguilera said. “We don’t want to be pessimists, we don’t want to be doomsday about it, but we really feel like if we’re going to be a resilient community, we need to define our own food system and participate in it.”

Read more about LIberation Permaculture and local seed banks at healthycal.org