Farmers to Get Disaster Relief; Beyonce Craves French Fries

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• Farmers in 11 Massachusetts counties will get federal disaster relief funds due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. [Globe]

• Since you were dying to know, the pregnant Beyonce is craving French fries. [Today/MSNBC]

• With diners more open to “ethnic” food, and more interested in health, Mediterranean cuisine is having a moment. [NRN]

• Farm land costs are up, and that, coupled with the difficulty of getting loans, makes it really hard for young farmers to get started. [NPR]

• Bloggers have changed food reviewing by evaluating early, by being more positive than critics, and by celebrating the low as well as the high, opines this blogger. [Will Write for Food]

• Outback Steakhouse’s founder is switching protein sources to offer a quick-service chicken concept; the first location will be in Tampa. [NRN]

Farmers to Get Disaster Relief; Beyonce Craves French Fries