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In The News 1/2/2010

Ohhhhh, the weather outside is frightful/but the kitchen is sooo delightful/And since I’ve no place to go/ Let me eat/ Let me eat/ Let me eat!!!

Yeah, it’s 4 degrees outside according to my MacBook Pro thingamajig. I’m certain that it’s actually further below. But won’t test out that theory.  Earlier, as I scurried around my neighborhood  to do a few errands and some work for my blog, I noticed something horrible…my local produce store was gone!!! And what’s sooo messed up about it, is that there was NO indication that they were going out of business. No sign. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. I’m not going to get into that now….But for those who are stuck inside with crappy cable/dish network/digital converter boxes or like me~~ nothing~~ here’s some light reading to give your brain some substance.

The Telegraph (UK): Britain must produce more food, government to warn

In 2030, Carrots --not Godzilla-- attack the UK

A soaring global population, climate change, diminishing energy sources and depleted fish stocks mean that society can no longer be complacent about its ability to feed itself, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will say.

Setting out a comprehensive food strategy for the next 20 years, ministers will also say that:

* The public must accept genetically-modified food;

* The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy adds £52 a year to every Briton’s annual food bill; and

* Food should be clearly labelled with its country of origin, to help consumers choose.

Holy Kaw! (AllTop) : 10 truly innovative toasters

It's an all-in-one threat to Mickey D's!

http://www.toxel.com/tech/2010/01/01/10-innovative-toaster-designs/

It’s hard  to be disciplined enough to get up on time. But to get up on time AND make breakfast, is an above and beyond- type of discipline for me.  Unless it’s the weekend.   However, these’s toasters, innovative or not, could be an slight incentive to cook some carbs to get my engine runnin’ until that 10:30 snack fest I have at the company vending machine….

Trapini and Armstrong live and eat many of their meals at the Fort Myers Rescue Mission. Sometimes, when donations to the church are down, they will use their food stamps to buy food for the communal kitchen in Florida. The number of people with no income beyond food stamps has doubled in two years and has risen nearly four-fold along once-thriving parts of the southwest coast. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

NYT: Living on Nothing but Food Stamps

With food-stamp use at a record high and surging by the day, Ms. Bermudez belongs to an overlooked subgroup that is growing especially fast: recipients with no cash income.

About six million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income, according to an analysis of state data collected by The New York Times. In declarations that states verify and the federal government audits, they described themselves as unemployed and receiving no cash aid — no welfare, no unemployment insurance, and no pensions, child support or disability pay.

(c) Dave Granlund

Inquirer Global Nation: UN food chief: Feed the world’s hungry billion

With the number of chronically hungry people topping one billion for the first time in history, a coordinated effort to feed the world is crucial for the coming year, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement.

Crain’s Chicago business: Foursquare could be Next Big Thing among social media tools

Searching for the next big thing in social marketing? Meet Foursquare, a free service that mashes up social networks, maps and other features, then combines them with a rewards program for “checking in” at various locations and businesses, such as bars, restaurants and retailers.

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