The Clean Water Rule, a Chocolate Substitute, and More Food News

March 06, 2017
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There goes the Clean Water Rule.
Trump has signed an executive order directing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review, then rescind or revise Obama’s Clean Water Rule -- a rule that protected America’s streams and wetlands in accordance with the Clean Water Act. Given that Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, sued the EPA over being forced to follow the Clean Water Rule claiming that it was in conflict with private property rights, we don’t have much hope that it will survive.

Would you refuse a Michelin star?
Karen Keygnaert, did, and here’s why. “‘Until 10 years ago, a Michelin star was a blessing, but in these economic times it is more of a curse.’ In Europe, where the Michelin Guide started awarding stars in 1926, stars come with specific expectations from diners, she says. ‘You lose the freedom to do what you want as a cook,’ she adds.” –

800 people were fed with Oscar party leftovers.
Two organizations -- Chefs to End Hunger and Copia – organized Oscar night leftovers and had them donated to missions and shelters around Los Angeles. The “taro root tacos, short ribs, parmesan funnel cakes, parsnip agnolotti, spicy gougères topped with black truffle powder, and Oscar-shaped matzo crackers with smoked salmon” donation fed 800 people instead of going to waste.

Cocoa bean crops are on the decline, but there’s this.
This study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered “the potential of roasted jackfruit seeds to develop chocolate aroma. Twenty-seven different roasted jackfruit seed flours were produced from local jackfruit by acidifying or fermenting the seeds prior to drying and then roasting. … Compounds found in jackfruit seeds produce many of the same aromas as processed cocoa beans and are a potentially cheap, abundant substitute for use in chocolate manufacturing.”

China looks to reduce pollution, increase food safety.
A step in the right direction. “China’s central government is laying plans to curb pollution, increase food and drug safety, and boost scientific research—though supporting details are scarce. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang outlined these and other major goals during the opening session of the National People’s Congress on Sunday. The congress discussions are not likely to result in new legislation specific to science but speeches by top leaders set the tone for policy over the coming year.” – Science Magazine

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