Fighting Tyson, a Bee Census, the Queen of Creole, and More Food News

December 07, 2017
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Farm Towns Close Their Doors to Large, Industrial Food Processors
“Rural Americans are turning their backs on the industry that made the U.S. the biggest meat-exporting country in the world. Residents of Tonganoxie, a 5,300-person town in northeast Kansas, spent part of the fall hanging white-and-red placards that say “No Tyson in Tongie” on fenceposts and pickup trucks. Their efforts were part of a public push against Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor by sales, which trumpeted in early September its plans to build a $320 million chicken-processing complex just south of town.” – Wall Street Journal 

The First Bee Census Yields a New Species in Michigan
“The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates.” – Eureka Alert

The 94-year-old Queen of Creole Cuisine Talks Activism, Cooking
“Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb -- and it continues to operate in the same spirit today. In conversation with TEDWomen Curator Pat Mitchell, the 94-year old Queen of Creole Cuisine (who still runs the Dooky Chase kitchen) shares her wisdom from a lifetime of activism, speaking up and cooking.” – Ted.com

Want a Healthier Community? Start Small and Wait for Behavioral “Spillover”
“When one California city started a composting program to keep food waste out of its landfill, residents began to pay more attention to other environmentally sound practices, such as taking shorter showers, according to a study led by Nicole Sintov, an assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability at The Ohio State University.” – Science Daily

Results from the 2017 Food Sustainability Index: France Wins
“The Food Sustainability Index is a ranking of 34 countries on food system sustainability. It was created as a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, constructed from 58 indicators that measure the sustainability of food systems across three themes: Food Loss and Waste, Sustainable Agriculture, and Nutritional Challenges. The index contains three types of key performance indicators: environmental, societal, and economic.” – Food Sustainability

Article from Edible Communities at http://www.ediblecommunities.com/local-stories/fighting-tyson-bee-census-queen-creole-and-more-food-news
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