Friday, December 11, 2009

Tired of Tiger Woods? Wanting News that Matters This Holiday?

Yep, me too. And all the not-news celebrity drivel out there. Let's look at some headlines that mean something real here.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: A Lunchbox!
Still looking for that perfect gift for the kids? How about a nice, new lunch box? Think of it as the gift that keeps giving, especially given that the meat at fast food establishments is safer than that being served for school lunch.

That's right, according to this USA Today report, your dollar burger from the drive-thru is 5-10 times more likely to have been tested for safety than your elementary school kid's meal. Some fast food establishments also have up to 10 times higher standards for those tests that are done, and refuse to use "spent hen" chicken meat that is often served to our school kids.

Makes you want to send some holiday greetings to the USDA? Here, give your best to Mr. Vilsack.

Even Scrooge Came Up with a Goose
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released its annual study measuring food security in the United States, Household Food Security in the United States, 2008. Food Insecurity rose 4.2 percent this past year. In 2008, 49.1 million Americans, or 16.4 percent, lived in food insecure households In 2007, the number was 36.2 million (12.2%). This represents a 36 percent increase in just one year. The greatest percentage of this increase was for households with children.

Learn more about donating food in this post. Find a place to donate or volunteer here at Feeding America.

Other Food Tidbits:
Ethicurean contemplates the class issue around Local Food.

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