Fire at Lao Sze Chuan; Farmers Fear Grasshoppers

Lao Sze Chuan was the site of a fire this morning. [Sun-Times]

• A predicted grasshopper infestation this summer could damage millions of acres of crops like barley, corn, and beets. [WSJ]

• A group of French and Italian researchers are investigating the genome structure of Périgord truffles. [NYT]

• Environmental activists are using social media to attack Nestle about its use of Indonesian palm oil. [WSJ]

• Italy’s famed asparagus season is under way. [WSJ]

• India’s first-ever Taco Bell opened last week. [NRN]

• March’s unusually warm weather spelled an early end for Vermont’s maple syrup season. [NYT]

• Though the Senate committee on agriculture passed a school lunch bill, it did so with much less funding than the Obama administration had hoped for. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Newsday reporter Sumathi Reddy is the Wall Street Journal’s new restaurant reporter. [NYO]

• NATO is shuttering burgers bars and pizzerias at Afghanistan bases to improve focus and efficiency. [BBC]

Fire at Lao Sze Chuan; Farmers Fear Grasshoppers