Mediavore: First Lady Cultivates Volunteers, Gardens

• First Lady Michelle Obama brought her message of volunteerism and home-grown vegetables to Bret Harte Elementary School, where produce grown on-site will soon be sold at farmers’ markets. [SF Chronicle]

• Perhaps restaurants should provide little disposable flashlights with which to read the menu if they insist on keeping the lights so dim. [SF Gate/Between Meals]

• California’s egg farmers are prepared to do battle with the Humane Society and legislature over the enforcement of chicken cage-bans. [Sac Bee]

• David A. Kessler, former head of the FDA, has spent years cracking why we crave certain foods, and revealing that food companies and chain restaurants specifically engineer their products to make us want them as much as possible. [NYT]

• The current state of global food is in crisis: one in six humans suffers from undernourishment, most are located in developing nations. [FAO]

• Stringent EU produce and livestock guidelines have left open a window for cloned food products, categorizing them as “novel foods” and saying they could be approved if they “do not present a danger for consumers, do not mislead them and are not nutritionally disadvantageous for them.” [AFP]


Mediavore: First Lady Cultivates Volunteers, Gardens