|New tool maps and grades ‘food deserts’ to lure supermarkets|
Grist - 10/21/2010.By Bonnie Azab Powell – Earlier this month, in a piece for our Feeding the Cities series, Stephanie Paige Ogburn explained how urban "food deserts," areas without grocery stores selling healthy food and fresh produce, came to be. For an area to be a true "food desert," it needs not only to be sans a full-service grocery store, but also populated primarily by low-income families that don't have cars or easy public-transit access to stores outside their neighborhood.
|School salad bars, and the limits of relying on charity for what government should do|
Grist - 10/21/2010.By Tom Philpott – The federal government runs a program ostensibly designed to ensure that every child has access to a healthy lunch each day they're at school. Unhappily, the program is so poorly funded that public schools have been forced to outsource lunches to the processed-food industry, which takes the opportunity to educate young palates on the wonders of dishes like "dinosaur nuggets."
|The French serve up one helluva school lunch|
Grist - 10/20/2010.By Tom Laskawy – As an antidote to the American hostility toward school lunch Ed Bruske recently ran across in the Washington Post's comment section, here's a wonderful CBS News report about the French school lunch program.
|Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides|
Grist - 10/20/2010.By Tom Philpott – Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.