Area Farmers Sweat Over Hot and Dry Weather Conditions; Insects Taste a Little Nutty

• Though the situation isn’t dire just yet, the hot and dry weather conditions in Pennsylvania and South Jersey that have caused stunted growth for some crops has farmers worried. [Inquirer]

• Three were shot over night after an altercation inside a South Philly Chinese restaurant escalated into a gunfight. [Action News]

• MObama is tackling “food deserts” head on, getting huge retailers like Wal-Mart and SuperValu to expand offerings of healthy food or open new stores in impoverished areas. [Your Life/USAT]

• Since we should all be eating insects for ecological reasons, how do they taste? Well, “a bit nutty,” according to Daniella Martin of the blog Girl Meets Bug. [HuffPo]

• Researchers at Tufts University discovered that restaurants frequently underreport calorie counts by around 100 calories a dish. That’s an extra pat of butter added by the chef last-minute. [NYDN]

• John Mosca, founder of the cult-favorite New Orleans restaurant Mosca’s, has passed away at 86 due to prostate cancer. [NYT]

• It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Utah has really, uh, quirky liquor laws, despite having relaxed regulations somewhat in 2009. [NYT]

• A group of Hindu diners who were served meat-filled samosas at an Edison, New Jersey, restaurant after requesting a vegetarian meal are suing for the cost of a “purifying” trip to India. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Area Farmers Sweat Over Hot and Dry Weather Conditions; Insects Taste a Little