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  • Labor coalition calls for minimum wage higher than $15 per hour

    10/13/2015 8:39:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 13, 2015 | Ned Resnikoff
    Analysis: With $15 minimum wage campaign gaining political traction, group says workers need more for a living wage. As the nationwide campaign for a $15 hourly minimum wage gains traction, some labor groups have set their sights on an even higher number: $16.87 — a demand that could help push the $15 figure closer to the mainstream of American politics. A new report, published Tuesday, from the Alliance for a Just Society, a coalition of labor organizations, argues that $15 an hour is less than a living wage in most states. A single, childless adult earning $15 per hour would...
  • Activists protest at Providence Dunkin' Donuts in support of black lives matter movement

    10/13/2015 6:32:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WJAR-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Matt Reed
    PROVIDENCE — Protestors marched in Providence Monday afternoon in support of the "black lives matter" movement. A group of about 50 people gathered outside of a Providence Dunkin' Donuts on Atwells Avenue, where an employee last week wrote "black lives matter" on a police officer's cup of coffee. For about an hour, they carried signs and posters in support of the movement. Several told NBC 10 News they believe the employee didn't do anything wrong. Activists also said they feel the Providence Police Union overreacted to the incident and that the phrase, "black lives matter," isn't anti-police, but pro-African American...
  • Robot Farmers of the Future Might Grow 10 Million Heads of Lettuce a Year

    10/12/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Take Part ^ | October 9, 2015 | Liz Dwyer
    From the army of machines that work in Amazon warehouses to automatons that milk cows, the job-taking robots of the future are among us. Now the lettuce in your salad of the future might be grown by robots too. Oh, by “future,” we mean 2017. That’s the hope of Spread, a company in Kyoto, Japan, that plans to begin constructing the world’s first large-scale lettuce factory next spring. Once it’s fully operational, the entire process of growing a head of lettuce—from seeding to harvest—will be automated and run by robots. The efficiency of machines will enable the factory to produce...
  • I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...
  • Police, Community React To Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Controversial Comment (Now in Connecticut)

    10/05/2015 4:59:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jordan Otero
    WEST HARTFORD — People from Connecticut and across the country reacted on social media over the weekend to a local Dunkin' Donuts worker's comment with a West Hartford police officer waiting in line that the store wouldn't serve police officers. Dozens tweeted the accounts of the local Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts franchise group and the national Dunkin' Donuts headquarters, many users calling for a boycott of the company and for the employee, who police said told the officer, "We don't serve cops here," to be fired. Both accounts answered with the same response: "We are aware, Dunkin' Donuts & our franchisees...
  • Dunkin' Donuts Employee Writes '#Blacklivesmatter' on Police Officer's Coffee Cup (Rhode Island)

    10/05/2015 12:10:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Eater ^ | October 5, 2015 | Khushbu Shah
    The union called the move "unacceptable and discouraging." A Rhode Island police union is outraged over what a Dunkin' Donuts employee wrote on an officer's coffee cup. According to Go Local Prov, a Providence police officer purchased a coffee Friday night from a local Dunkin' Donuts. A Facebook post (which does not appear to be public) from fellow police officer William O'Donnell claims that the employee was "immediately rude, and didn't appear to want to serve" his co-worker who was in uniform. Upon leaving, the unnamed police officer noticed that his coffee had "#blacklivesmatter" scrawled across it in marker. (IMAGE-AT-LINK)...
  • Mayonnaise Is The Worst Condiment

    10/03/2015 2:27:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 415 replies ^ | Oct. 2, 2015 | William Kelly III
    There exists in this world a condiment below all others. It has all of the flavor of sawdust and the sublime texture of soap scum. Until recently, I was unaware that The Federalist, lovers of freedom, etc., was complicit in its spread. I rise today to defend America—nay, the world—against such scurrilous anti-food propaganda. As all Americans, especially Texans, know, mayonnaise is a tool of oppression used by communists and bland-food lovers everywhere. It is a form of mind control designed to cow you into a sense of complacency about life. Food has flavor, and mayo covers that flavor...
  • Free meals continue in Reedsport schools

    10/03/2015 10:48:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Umpqua Post ^ | September 16, 2015 | Steve Lindsley
    REEDSPORT — The Reedsport School District again is able to provide free meals to every student for the 2015-2016 school year, a program that began last year. A controversy in the North Bend School District, with which Reedsport cooperates to get bulk pricing on food items, should not affect that program. “We're a school-wide free-lunch program,” said first-year Superintendent Brian Gander. “That's based on our local incidence of poverty. We started that last year.” Gander said the district would have 65 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, if that program were still in effect. The current program...
  • Food Industry Issues Dire Warning to Congress: Get Serious About Climate Change or Starve

    10/02/2015 8:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr's Ring Of Fire ^ | October 2, 2015 | Justin Lane
    Ten of the world’s largest food production companies sent a letter to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letter was signed by the chief executive officers from Unilever, Mars, Kellogg, General Mills, Nestle, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, and Dannon. “The challenge presented by climate change will require all of us – government, civil society and business – to do more with less. For companies like ours, that means producing more food on less land using fewer natural resources. If we don’t take action now, we risk...
  • Migrant police are so hungry they are being given food parcels by REFUGEES

    09/21/2015 7:11:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | September 19, 2015 | Tom Batchelor and Agnes Kegl
    A police officer in the Nograd region in northern Hungary claimed refugees on board trains and massed at border crossings were donating supplies to security guards who were being forced to work 27-hour shifts without enough food or water. Some were also having to sleep rough in fields as the migrants shelter under donated tents. Zsolt Demjan from Hungary's independent police union said: "The daily food amount should be 5,000 calories, but mostly the police officers won't get the fraction of that. "In many cases they only get water from local people. "An officer from Nograd county states that they...
  • Archaeological team prepares 4,000-year-old Hittite meals

    09/14/2015 5:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Daily Sabah Food ^ | September 8, 2015 | Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency
    An archaeological team excavating the ancient site of Alacahöyük, one of the most significant centers of the ancient Hittite civilization, cooked pastries belonging to Hittite cuisine that dates back 4,000 years. The foods found on Hittite tablets were cooked without modern technology or equipment. The 4,000-year-old Hittite cuisine was cooked in Alacahöyük, an important Neolithic settlement and Turkey's first nationally excavated area. Aykut Çınaroğlu, the head of the excavations and professor of archaeology at Ankara University, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Chef Ömür Akkor, an excavation team member, prepared a special Hittite menu in light of the available archaeological findings....
  • The BEST steakhouses in ALL 50 states (OK, all you carnivores..chime in...)

    09/03/2015 6:46:23 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 120 replies
    msn ^ | 7/25/2015 | Brittany Fowler
    A little change of pace from the news. I came across this the other day, and thought others might enjoy, and/or have an opinion they'd like to share.
  • Woman, 80, trampled to death in Venezuelan supermarket stampede

    08/31/2015 6:28:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 134 replies
    An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday. The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said Maria Aguirre died and another 75 people were injured – including five security officials – in chaotic scenes when National Guard troops sought to control a 5,000-strong crowd with teargas. “Due to...
  • I just bought two half gallons of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla.

    08/31/2015 6:30:34 AM PDT · by ziravan · 56 replies
    Vanity | 8/31/15 | Me
    I just bought two half gallons of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla in Central Texas. There was a line big enough to buy out the entire stock I have Blue Bell in my freezer. Neener. Neener.
  • Priorities: FDA cracks down on vegan mayonnaise labeling

    08/29/2015 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 28, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    As always, the Food and Drug Administration has its eye on the ball and its arms around freedom…in a big, stifling bear hug. The Founders no doubt intended that the federal government would have a passel of people in charge of telling successful condiment producers what they can put on their labels. For freedom. In this case, the federal government has decided a vegan company cannot put the name “Just Mayo” on its clearly labeled vegan mayonnaise product because the company doesn’t include egg whites in the mixture and does include some healthy stuff, like beta carotene. One would think...
  • McDonald's, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty

    08/29/2015 12:53:50 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    Soshiok ^ | Sunday, Aug 30, 2015
    LOS ANGELES - McDonald's Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods. Tyson supplies chicken to McDonald's, the world's biggest fast-food chain, for its McNuggets. Representatives for T&S Farm could not be reached for comment....
  • Hunger by Government Definition Is “Food Insecure”

    08/27/2015 6:41:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/27/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    With all these food and nutrition programs in place, why are American citizens falling through the cracks of hunger, nutrition, and need? Why is the nation as a whole deemed obese? As liberals complain that people are going hungry and the first lady transforms the school lunch fare to “healthy” offerings nobody seems to like, the federal government is spending plenty on “domestic food assistance to provide food for the hungry and other vulnerable populations in this country.” According to the Congressional Research Service, there are many agencies that offer food assistance to the needy in this country, citizens, non-citizens,...
  • Gov’t to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled “imitation”

    08/21/2015 11:25:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 20, 2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Sometimes government’s dishonesty, incompetence, wastefulness, and misguided nannyism combine to make a perfectly ridiculous story. Today’s comes to us from Florida, where the Ocheesee Creamery is being forced to dump gallons upon gallons of good, natural skim milk because the state is requiring the business to label its good, natural skim milk “imitation” because they haven’t added anything to it. Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft have been fighting this in federal court with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, which had formerly allowed them to sell their skim milk while calling it skim milk. No one seemed confused...
  • The 5 Things That Always Belong in a Food Care Package

    08/19/2015 9:56:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    The Kitchen ^ | 08/19/15 | Advice from The Kitchn
    When a friend or family member is sick, overwhelmed, homebound, or taking care of a new baby, we say what we can — So sorry. Thinking about you! — and then, because we know that won't make everything better, we do the next best thing: We bring them food. Food speaks for us when words fail, which is why putting together a thoughtful, personal food care package is one of the kindest things you can do for a struggling friend or loved one. We've thought a lot about what makes a great care package, and we finally think we've cracked...
  • Trump Creates Pandemonium At Iowa State Fair

    08/16/2015 6:49:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Crows Nest Politics ^ | August 15, 2015 | Ken Crow
    Iowa and New Hampshire are two states when it comes to politics that are to some degree are jaded to the star power of candidates. These are the states that have presidential candidates visiting in barber shops when you walk in for a haircut. These are the states where you are going to lunch at 12:00 (when the town horn sounds) with your parts manager from the John Deere dealership only to find a governor talking to a group in the back room of the local pizza restaurant. I had seen the reaction to Donald Trump when he came to...
  • 5 Tasty and Weird Bacon Recipes

    08/08/2015 2:16:00 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 19 replies
    Comfort Food From Louisiana ^ | 30 January 2010 | Not Attributed
    From Denny: OK, I've been hearing about the popularity of "bacon blogs" and wondered "is there anything you can't pair well with bacon?" Answer: not much as "the pig" is quite versatile. I see why the pig has so many devotees. Check out the savory bacon recipes: Bacon Explosion (BBQ), Bacon Pie, Bacon Balls (mini-cheese balls), Bacon Bread, Clams Casino Bacon Explosion This is a calorie monster, weighing in at 5000 calories! Read that as "bring your friends" to this BBQ because it reigns as King of BBQ. Ingredients: 2 pounds thick-cut sliced bacon 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage, casings...
  • Food lines in Venezuela are getting worse

    08/06/2015 11:46:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    It was in Macaracuay, in front of a small shopping center called CC Macaracuay which has the misfortune of its grocery store (former C.A.D.A.) become a public shop, Bicentenario after the expropriation of EXITO chain. I drove in front around 7:30 and the line was much bigger. Driving in front again around 10 AM I was so surprised at the remaining extent of the line that I filmed it.
  • Muslim Inquires If Having Sex With Camel Would Inviolate His Islamic Obligation To Visit Mecca

    07/25/2015 8:08:21 PM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Muhammad
    Muslims Are Required To Fulfill Five Demands for Being a Good Muslim, one in Which He Must Visit Mecca Islam: Haj Pilgrimage incomplete without hot Camel sex *SNIP* "If He Had Sexual Intercourse with His Camel would that make his hajj void" Islamic Scripture Qur'an In contrast with what secular and non-Islamic religious sources say about bestiality, this is what the Qur'an has That's right - absolutely, positively nothing. Unlike the Qur'an's clear-cut rulings on the morality of homosexuality, Polygamy, rape, and pedophilia, the permissibility of bestiality seems to have been left open to ‘interpretation.’ If Islamic teachings...
  • McDonalds breakfast menu may soon be available all day

    07/22/2015 12:15:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    United Press International ^ | July 21, 2015 | Germaine Benson
    OAK BROOK, Ill., July 22 (UPI) -- Late wakers and breakfast lovers may have something to celebrate: McDonalds is in talks to offer an all-day breakfast menu as soon as October. At approximately 10:30 a.m., most locations of the American fast-food chain switch over their menus so lunch and guests can no longer order hash browns and McGriddles past the cut off time. But according to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the extension customers have been requesting all along may be granted. According to Business Insider, the company started testing out the all-day menu at a few locations...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinator’s latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class. “Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • Eat Bugs To Save The Planet

    07/12/2015 3:00:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 11, 2015 | Johnny Adamic
    We’re a month away from going over budget in using this year’s planetary resources. One way to balance our ecological books is to eat more insects. By mid-summer of each year, we use up the Earth. Known as Earth Overshoot Day, it’s the day, sometime in August, when our yearly demand for ecological resources exceeds how much the planet can replenish those resources for the year. Soon after August 15, this year, Earth will be operating on a deficit. All the while, the population of Earth is growing. It’s estimated there will be 9 billion people by 2050, an additional...
  • Free meals for all American students

    07/11/2015 11:22:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Monitor ^ | July 10, 2015 | Louise Butler, retired educator
    In 1946, President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Like the road to hell, it was paved with good intentions. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is now rife with fraud. Consider this: the NSLP currently serves 60 percent of all students in both public and private schools. We know that two-thirds of all Americans do not live at or below the 130 percent of the poverty level required for free school lunches. For every person who signs up for free and reduced lunch the school district gets extra benefits beyond the subsidy for the food itself. When...
  • Meet Sweetgreen -- the 'next Chipotle' Salads, rice and grain bowls have customers lining up

    07/10/2015 1:18:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    KOTA-TV ^ | July 10, 2015 | Heather Long
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - When Americans line up for salad, you know there must be something special about it. That's exactly what's happening at the hot new restaurant chain Sweetgreen. It is already being dubbed the "next Chipotle." Sweetgreen was founded in 2007 by three Georgetown University friends who had a simple vision: make healthy food yummy, affordable and fun. "Healthy food shouldn't just be for the top 1%," Jonathan Neman, one of the co-founders, told CNNMoney. He studied abroad in Australia and was frustrated when he returned to the U.S. and felt his affordable meal options were limited. Just...
  • Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World

    07/09/2015 7:41:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NationalReview ^ | July 9, 2015
    Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World by KATHERINE TIMPF July 9, 2015 A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.” In a 2009 piece for the Animal Liberation Front titled “Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary,” associate professor of philosophy Steven Best says that groups like PETA are just not radical or progressive enough. After all, they work with corporations (boo!) “in...
  • Can we finally roll back the school lunch program rules?

    07/08/2015 1:38:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), originally passed in 2010 and heartily endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama, is set to expire in September unless Congress acts to renew it. You may recall some of the details of that initiative including forcing all grains to be “whole grain rich” (whatever that means) and wiping out most of the salt in foods. Given the less then spectacular reception the program has received from schools – not to mention students – the GOP is looking at scaling back or at least modifying the rules. But The Hill was quick to characterize the...
  • Vermont's Vending Machine And Soda Taxes Kick In

    07/07/2015 10:27:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Vending Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Emily Jed
    MONTPELIER, VT -- All food and beverages sold through vending machines are now subject to Vermont's 9% meals and rooms tax, effective July 1. A 6% sales tax on sugary drinks is also in effect. The new levies are part of a tax package that lawmakers passed in May to raise a $30 million in new revenue. Lawmakers expect the sales tax on soft drinks to raise about $8 million a year, and applying the meals tax to vending machines to add about $1 million a year. Exempt from Vermont's sugary drink tax are products that contain milk, soy, rice...
  • Petition Urges José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump's New Hotel

    07/06/2015 11:32:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DCist ^ | July 6, 2015 | Matt Cohen
    All over the country, people are still flaming over Donald Trump's controversial, pretty racist comments about Mexicans during his Presidential candidacy speech. The fallout from his remarks, in which he said Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists "bringing those problems to us," has been great: NBC and Univision canceled its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, which Trump partially owns; Macy's and Serta severed their ties with Trump's brand; and even NASCAR ended their sponsorship with The Donald. But in D.C., where Trump is set to open his latest and greatest hotel, the backlash wasn't so much pointed at Donald...
  • Just in time for Independence Day, the Left is coming for our barbecue grills

    07/04/2015 6:08:03 AM PDT · by Marcus · 44 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 4, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    On this Independence Day, one of the sadder aspects of American life we have to consider is the tendency of some Americans to wag their fingers at others about the way they choose to live, sometimes with disastrous results. The temperance movement of the 19th Century led to Prohibition which led to Al Capone, for example. Now someone writing in the New Republic on Friday wants to take away our right to barbecue.
  • NBC’s ‘Today’ Mocks Michelle Obama’s Latest Food Police Push

    07/03/2015 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 30, 2015 | Kyle Drennen
    On Friday, even the hosts of NBC’s Today had enough of Michelle Obama’s effort to micro-manage people’s food choices as they mocked the First Lady’s attempt to create a healthy version of s’mores. At the top of the 9 a.m. ET hour, co-host Willie Geist explained: “So the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and the USDA have teamed up for this program called It's an initiative proposing a makeover, for among other things, this classic campfire treat. So instead of graham crackers with chocolate and marshmallow, they propose graham crackers with, want-wa, strawberries and low-fat yogurt.”...
  • A couple good documentaries if you are looking for something non-mindless to watch

    06/26/2015 6:20:21 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 24 replies
    Since a lot of people talk about various personal health issues here for a number of reasons, I wanted to pass along two documentaries I watched recently and thought have good information for people to review. First, is one called "Fat Head". It is done by a science writer that basically refutes the "Supersize Me" documentary. It discusses how a high carb, low fat and protein diet is the cause of obesity in America, and it's exactly what the government and health groups are demanding people follow to "get healthy". It gives an excellent easy understanding of why this does...
  • H.R. 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would end states’ rights to label GMO foods

    06/23/2015 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Echo Child's Play ^ | 07 June 2015 | Jennifer Lance
    Would take away a state's rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods. 70 bills have been introduced in over 30 states to require some sort of labeling of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO).1)  Although very few of these bills or initiatives have passed into actual law, and many have been challenged in court, a new congressional bill would take away the state’s rights once and for all to require labeling of GMO foods.H.R.1599 2), ironically labeled the  Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 has been renamed the DARK (Deny Americans the Right...
  • Meet The Startup That Wants To Make Vertical Farming Mainstream

    06/22/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Co.Exist ^ | April 7, 2015 | Adele Peters
    A vacant steel factory in Newark is turning into the world's largest-producing vertical farm. After it begins running later this year, the farm's indoor system of modular, stacked trays will grow around 2 million pounds of baby greens annually. The $30 million building will be the headquarters of AeroFarms, a company that has been developing vertical farm tech for the last decade. But the company sees the project as just the beginning—and hopes to build 25 farms in the next five years. AeroFarms already has eight smaller farms and five in the pipeline. "This isn't about one farm, this is...
  • African American Festival Taking Place in Baltimore (Up to 350,000 to attend)

    06/20/2015 6:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Officials are expecting up to 350,000 people at the African American Festival this weekend in Baltimore. The festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Camden Yards Sports Complex. The free event will include music, cultural exhibits, contests, health screenings and children's activities....
  • Opinion: 3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with food

    06/19/2015 5:38:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Montreal Gazette ^ | June 18, 2015 | Sylvain Charlebois, Special to Montreal Gazette
    A few weeks ago, Londoners were able to eat at the world’s first 3D printed, pop-up restaurant. In early June, a German-based company introduced the word’s first plug-and-play food printer, which may be ready for shipping as early as 2016. With the lowering cost to produce this technology, making it increasingly accessible, 3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with food. Simply put, the process uses ingredients to generate three-dimensional meals by placing layers of compounded food on top of each other. Since 2012, the food industry has used this technology to produce ubiquitous products like candy, chocolate, pizza, noodles...
  • Police Shut Down Kids’ Lemonade Stand [semi-satire]

    06/16/2015 3:28:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Police in Overton, Texas ordered two sisters, Zoey (aged 7) and Andria Green (aged 8) to “cease and desist” selling lemonade in their efforts to raise money to buy a Father’s Day gift for their dad. “Selling anything in Texas without a permit is illegal,” explained rousting officer Doug Stamper. “It doesn’t matter that neighborhood lemonade stands have been a time-honored way for kids to make a buck. Under the law, they need to buy a permit if they want to sell lemonade.” The cost of the required permit is $150. Few kids would have the funds to afford it....
  • Be prepared for Preppers (Smell his disdain?)

    06/12/2015 10:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Pique Magazine ^ | June 11, 2015 | Leslie Anthony
    End game Survivalist bunkers like this one are increasingly popular as Preppers await the next crisis. WTF is a prepper? You're probably asking yourself that right now, and I can't blame you. I posed that very question the first time I heard the word — shortly after determining it wasn't a euphemism for Sous Chef or a malapropism of "preppie." When the term was finally explained to me, I was, quite uncharacteristically, ecstatic that I hadn't previously had a clue. Believe me: like HarperCons™® (many of whom are also preppers — certainly in Alberta), these are people you don't want...
  • Plover company files for bankruptcy; may be sold (432 layoffs at Golden County Foods in Wisconsin)

    06/09/2015 1:45:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WAOW-TV ^ | June 1, 2015 | Robert Imrie
    PLOVER (WAOW) - A manufacturer of frozen snacks and appetizers told the state Monday that it was laying off 432 workers at its two Plover plants as part of a bankruptcy filing and proposed sale to another company. Golden County Foods said it had reached a preliminary agreement to sell the company to Monogram Appetizers, subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 15 and notified the state Department of Workforce Development of possible massive layoffs in a four-page letter released Monday. Golden County Foods describes itself as world's largest supplier...
  • 10 Great Places for Asian Noodles in Orange County

    06/07/2015 1:27:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | June 4, 2015 | Kristine Hoang
    To say that ramen and pho make up the majority of Orange County's Asian noodle population would be a fallacy. From the deepest corners of Little Saigon to the home court of Knott's, restaurants have been serving noodles in ways too diverse and vast to simplify, illustrating the limitlessness of the noodle's versatility. If you're interested in the county's mainstream spots but also those lesser known, here are some starting points for your upcoming noodle tour.
  • The $30 hot dog guy is a capitalist hero

    06/07/2015 11:30:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    I’m shocked by one aspect of the story of the guy selling $30 hot dogs to tourists near the World Trade Center — shocked that he was fired. Who knew hot-dog men could be fired? As for that other detail — selling a hot dog for considerably “more than it’s worth,” so what? Apple makes a huge profit on every device it sells. Does anyone think Apple is guilty of “price gouging”? Moreover, a hot dog is guaranteed not to shatter when it falls on the sidewalk, and I’ve never had to reboot my sauerkraut. No hot dog has ever...
  • The Best Way To Reheat Pizza

    06/06/2015 8:41:59 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 78 replies
    artofmanliness. ^ | Jeremy Anderberg
    Pizza has long been one of man’s best friends. Crispy, cheesy, melty, meaty — it’s a winning proposition all around. One of the beauties of pizza is how well it makes multiple meals. The ginormous 20-inch NY-style pepperoni pizza above (from the stupendous Fat Sully’s here in Denver) provided 5 delicious meals over the course of 4 days. How many other foods can do that for ya? The real problem (if you can really call it a problem) is figuring out the best way to eat it after Day 1. There are of course those that believe that reheating pizza...
  • Texas floods and commodities: Farms face 'total loss for year'

    05/31/2015 2:52:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 29, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Texas' farmers were among the first to applaud the rain that abruptly halted a grueling multiyear drought that had tormented the region. But what began as a blessing has turned quickly into a disaster, as corn and wheat crops rot in flooded fields. "I think it is not all farmers, but some farmers are looking at a total loss for this year," said Mike Barnett, a spokesperson for the Texas Farm Bureau. "You have some situations where farmers had a bumper crop, and now they have next to nothing for the season." The downpour has doused Texas with 35 trillion...
  • Langermann's files for bankruptcy after Baltimore riots put its finances over the edge

    05/29/2015 4:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Baltimore Business Journal ^ | May 29, 2015 | Sarah Meehan
    Langermann’s of Baltimore LLC has filed for bankruptcy after the recent unrest in Baltimore knocked the restaurant’s finances too far out of balance. The Canton restaurant, which opened in the Can Company building in 2009, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. The restaurant is open and the owner says he has no plans to close it. Dave McGill, a partner in Langermann’s, said the restaurant had struggled with cash flow problems, but the protests, riots and curfew following the death of Freddie Gray exacerbated those issues. The restaurant owes...
  • Coca Cola Runs Ad Campaign Featuring Gay Family; "We Choose Happiness over Tradition"

    05/29/2015 9:29:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 187 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/29/15 | Aurelius
    Coca Cola is running ads that will appear on buses and signs featuring a gay couple and their adopted child. The ad shows a picture of two men holding a baby, playing with crayons. A bottle of Coca Cola is next to them. Over their heads reads, "We choose happiness ~over~ tradition. -the Van Bergen family." In the bottom right corner it reads, "#choosehappiness:" The ad implies that, though their family is not "traditional," the Van Bergens are happy. They also drink Coke:
  • The fried-chicken wars: Inside KFC’s weird new fight to dethrone Chick-fil-A

    05/26/2015 5:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 139 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Drew Harwell
    These are dark days for KFC's once-dominant chicken empire. After five years of crumbling sales, the extra crispy mega-chain, which in 2012 lost its throne as America's top chicken seller to Chick-fil-A, now makes less money than eateries half its size, like Applebee's and Panera Bread. Now, 75 years after "Colonel" Harland Sanders first served his original recipe at a six-seat dining table in rural Kentucky, the chain is betting $185 million on a massive, bizarre turnaround campaign in hopes of winning a seat again at the fast-food table. The chain is blasting out TV ads, offering new Southern-style grub...
  • National restaurant chain offers veterans a free meal

    05/24/2015 3:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | May 24, 2015 | Victor Venegas
    EL PASO, Texas -- On the day to remember America's war dead, Twin Peaks is saying thank you to military veterans by offering a free meal this Memorial Day. The national chain is making the meals available to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces at all its locations in the Borderland and across the country. The offer is valid for lunch or dinner. Veterans will get to choose a free entrée from a special menu, which includes Blackened Chicken Quesadillas and Fish Tacos.