“We are told ceaselessly that sustainable or organic agriculture cannot feed the world. I find this claim very hard to understand.”
What would happen if every city created an edible forest that was open to the public?
Coming To Seattle: The Country’s Biggest Public Food Forest
What’s a food forest, you ask? Just what it sounds like: a nature preserve full of edible plants, to help feed the city.
A group called Genomic Gastronomy is using a dessert ingredient as an atmospheric sensor, and a way to get people to face the horrible air they’re breathing every day.
The cold of your fridge is actually ruining a lot of your (expensive, local, bought at the farmer’s market) produce. An artist’s project finds ways to use the way fruits and vegetables spoil to keep them fresh, the old-fashioned way.
The sushi… it’s made from bugs.
Bugs are high in protein, easy to raise and feed, and… not so great to eat. But what if they were served in a lovely, palatable setting? If six-legged creatures are what we’re eating in 20 years, hopefully the meals look this good.
How do you create an app that helps users discover new foods? In this extended version of the conversation from our latest issue, we chat with Alexa Andrzejewski, the CEO of Foodspotting.
Pic via FoodSpotting on Tumblr.
Pasta, Not Bacon, Makes You Fat. But How?
I’m a big believer that you can try to change the world based on philosophy, doctrine, and belief. But I think the thing that really drives the world is hedonism, the pleasure factor. As far as I’m concerned, the best way to convert people to eating fresh local grown produce is to show them that local fresh grown produce tastes better.
Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, talk to Fast Company about how to create 4-star food experiences with lines around the block.
Reminds me of an old favorite: http://thisiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com/
All The Food You Eat Is Why You’re Fat
But it’s not your fault. The human brain isn’t very good at not eating as much food as possible. So when companies give you so much food, you’re going to gorge yourself. Time for some lessons in proper portions.
There’s a new social media platform every minute, it seems, and the darling of the moment is Pinterest. Here are some expert tips from Chobani Yogurt’s social media team on how to get beyond flavor of the week.
“We’re in the business of creating delight for people. My partner Michael Romano, who was the chef at Union Square Cafe for 20 years, has an old comment card on the bulletin board in his office. It’s a cartoon with three panes. In the first pane, there’s a person opening the door to Union Square Cafe with a frown on their face because they had a bad day, in the second pane they’re eating a burger at the bar, being served by one of our bartenders and their face has a straight line, in the third pane they’re walking out with a smile on their face. Whatever happened to you before you came in we can’t control. Whatever happens in pane two is our responsibility. How we do that all starts with how we hire. The people we hire have to be really good at what they do, but they also have to have a high “HQ”—which means they are people who are at their happiest when they’re making other people feel good. There are plenty of good cooks out there, but there aren’t plenty of really good cooks who are primarily cooking for your pleasure. If you look at the people who work in our restaurants, I think you’d see two things: The first is that our staff is focused on their work, the second is that they are having fun with each other. So the staff exudes that spirit which is in turn quite attractive to the patrons.”
The latest thing in fast food: edible Braille.
Wimpy, a restaurant franchise based in South Africa, found an interesting way to let visually impaired customers know that they have Braille menus handy in all of their locations: by placing Braille messages on hamburger buns, with words spelled out in sesame seeds.
NoGeMo: A Tamagotchi Clone To Teach China About Healthy Food
Want to grow your NoGeMo? You better not feed it genetically modified food. That’s the goal of a new game from Chinese Greenpeace designed to help its users navigate the murky world of healthy produce in China.