Restaurant Trends, Recycling and NASA Funding: What You Need to Know in Food This Week

This is what the editors are reading this week.

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The Boston Globe reports on Kellogg’s removing ads from Breitbart:
“The food manufacturer decided to discontinue advertising on the site as soon as it was alerted by consumers to the presence of its ads, Kellogg’s spokeswoman Kris Charles said Tuesday.”

Slate talks about why Trump’s administration aims to defund NASA’s earth science research:
“Bob Walker, a top Trump adviser, recently said that the new administration will gut NASA’s Earth science program. The reason: Trump’s long-standing and implacable climate science denial.”

The Washington Post on why Democrats should listen to rural America:
“To make his case, [Secretary of Agriculture] Vilsack focuses on his home state of Iowa, which is 95 percent white and shows in microcosm many of the problems that plague Democrats in rural America. When Vilsack won his long-shot race for governor in 1998, it was the first time Iowa had elected a Democrat to the office in 32 years.”

WNYC explores how mayors are going to lead the fight to protect the environment:
“But while prime ministers and ambassadors at the U.N. consider the international impacts of climate change, across town, a group of mayors is attempting to refocus the issue on the immediate, already present consequences impacting individuals in their communities.”

Pew Research Center on how Americans differ widely on food science issues:
“There has been a pronounced shift in Americans’ eating habits over the past 20 years with far-reaching implications for how food is created, prepared and consumed. Moreover, the way Americans eat has become a source of potential social, economic and political friction as people follow personal preferences reflecting their beliefs about how foods connect with their health and ailments, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.”

The Times reports on Germany being the world leader in recycling:
“According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germans happily sort 65 percent of their waste into an array of color-coded bins to be collected for reuse or incineration. South Koreans come in second, recycling 59 percent of their refuse. The United States recycles 35 percent; that’s only slightly above the average for the developed countries that belong to the organization, but it is miles ahead of Turkey, where 99 percent of all trash ends up in a landfill.”

NPR says experts can’t tell whether food allergies are actually on the rise:
“Part of the challenge is this: Food allergies are often self-diagnosed and symptoms can be misinterpreted. Sometimes people can’t distinguish a food allergy from other conditions such as lactose intolerance or gluten sensitivity, which don’t fit the medical definition of an allergy.”

Forbes picks its top 10 food and restaurant trends of 2016:
“Some of the trends on past lists remain popular: all-day breakfast, poke, fried chicken, avocado toast, lobster rolls, truffles, kale, Brussels sprouts, bitters, copper mug cocktails, customizable fast food, upscale vegan cooking and restaurants filtering and bottling water on site.”

Scientific American visually tracked the popularity of 195 different foods over time:
“As with any human experience as universal as eating, it’s one thing to discuss a food trend anecdotally, and quite another to try to measure it. Given the ubiquity of the Google search bar as a vehicle for humans to advertise their most prevalent thoughts, questions, and (ahem) appetites, what better resource to reveal seasonal food trends? And what better way to present that information than as a thoughtfully designed interactive data visualization?”

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