Clean Your Plate is back!
It’s looking to be a beautiful weekend, so really you should be out enjoying the changing leaves, the nip in the air, and the corn mazes / hay rides our local farms have to offer.
But, if you find yourself looking to catch up on your food news, start here:
A Lovely Squash Ripe for Roasting or Stuffing: The New York Times expounds on the glory of the delicata squash. I used to be a butternut kinda gal, but delicata has a hold on me this year, too.
Schools Ban Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, But Why Stop There?: A good question. Do you thin schools should stop selling “hyperpalatable” food? Added bonus: the featured photo of the Houston middle schooler’s “lunch” is kind of astounding.
The Full School Food Equation: Just swapping out chicken fingers and French fries for healthier calories isn’t enough — not when the typical elementary student gets only 3.4 hours of nutrition education and is bombarded by food ads promoting high-fat, sodium, or sugar products. Lots of good stuff here.
Americans Eat Their Weight in Genetically Engineered Food: On average, people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food in a 12-month period. Did you know that? I didn’t.
Test Your Food IQ: Do We Need More Farms To Grow Fruits And Veggies For All?: Think you know your food and farm facts? Take this quiz from the James Beard Foundation to find out.
A Simple Fix for Food: A new study at Iowa State University shows that incorporating crop rotations and livestock can reduce pesticide and fertilizer use, increase crop yields, and keep profits at the same rate. Put simply: we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals.
Foodie Fortnight: Two solid weeks of Food Day events happening here in Charlottesville. If that doesn’t cement our claim to “locavore capital of the world” then I don’t know what does.
Food Day Twitter Conference: And while we’re on the Food Day tip, how about this: a five hour chat on Twitter featuring Food Day’s 5 main priorities. Use hashtag #FoodDayConf
Have a great weekend!