|Another summer, another food crisis?|
Common Dreams - 3/16/2010.By Tom Laskawy – Corn prices peaked during the run up to the 2008 economic crisis at $7.88 per bushel and as the prices of corn and other commodities rose we saw food riots worldwide. Commodity prices soon came back the earth – corn is currently trading at about $4 a barrel. Given that we’re in the middle of an anemic recovery, you’d think spiking food prices are thankfully the last thing we have to worry about.
|Plenty to learn at the B&M Bean factory|
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.By Ray Routhier – Portland: When Conrad Lausier first uttered the words "watch yourself" to me, I thought he was being a little overly cautious. I mean, he was taking me through the B&M Baked Beans factory on the edge of Casco Bay in Portland. How dangerous could baking beans be? But within minutes, I saw a 900-pound bean pot, full of freshly baked beans, flying toward me. Literally.
|Maple syrup tradition continues|
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.By David Leaming – Norridgewock: The line of bucket-skirted rock maple trees leads to the saphouse where Cheri Farley keeps a steady eye on the boiling sap that soon will be turn into sweet maple syrup. Because of unseasonably warm weather, Farley and hundreds of people in central Maine are tapping trees, collecting sap and boiling it into golden sweetness.
|New study says school food may make kids fatter|
Grist - 3/15/2010.By Ed Bruske – A new study from the University of Michigan finds that kids who eat the food served in schools are more likely to be overweight or obese than peers who bring lunch from home, and also are more likely to suffer from high levels of "bad" cholesterol.