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The week that was in the world of food …

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Is food is the new fur …

This week Paul McCartney and his daughters launched a campaign to encourage the public to go meat free one day a week. Meanwhile Greta Scachi gets her gear off in the name of halting over-fishing. As more celebrities put their power behind food-related causes the Guardian ask the question: is food the new fur?

The good oil …

This week KFC backed down on their two year stand against the Federal Government and announced they would be giving away palm oil, instead opting for a healthier canola and sunflower blend. Following in the steps of McDonalds (who made the change in 2006), the change is part of a broader move by KFC to offer a few healthier options to their diners. Read the story here.

A new urban landscape …

Inner-city dwellers will love this initiative in Washington DC whereby residents are being offered grants to green the rooftops of their apartment blocks. In an effort to reduce run-off, insulate roofs and moderate urban heat the gardens are also providing a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables for those confined to an apartment. The New York Times looks at a few of the gardens around the city.

Prosciutto time …

This Sunday is the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year), which is good news for us (as we are now staring down the second half of winter and can look towards spring) but bad news for many pigs around the country. Traditionally the winter solstice signals the time to slaughter pigs in order to make small goods such as prosciutto. In Australia we are seeing a rise in the popularity of these homemade treats. This article in The Age looks at a couple of Victorian producers.

 
 

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