Tag Archives: Food Politics

The White House Compared Its Proposed Food-Stamp Program to Blue Apron

Source: Grub Street NY

The White House has announced President Trump wants to swap federal food stamps for a “Blue Apron–type” program that would just mail out a box of canned goods to low-income families. The administration pitched its plan — described by media as “one of the biggest shake-ups” proposed to …

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José Andrés Says He Asked Trump to Walk Back Anti-Mexico Comments

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s easy to think Donald Trump has no greater food-world nemesis than José Andrés, a foreign chef who routinely provokes Trump on Twitter and has essentially been celebrated by the left ever since clashing very publicly over POTUS’s decision to call Mexican immigrants “rapists.” While that original …

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Restaurants Banning NFL Games Should Look at Their Own Menus

Source: Grub Street NY

Your God-given right to watch football all day long on Sunday from a local bar and grill suddenly isn’t a given anymore, now that Trump-friendly restaurant owners are responding to the #TakeAKnee protests with wholesale NFL bans. Perhaps the first of these happened over the weekend, when a Louisiana …

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Fight for $15 Held Protests Across the Country on Labor Day

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On Labor Day, fast-food workers across the country once again went on strike for workers’ rights. They were joined by teachers, hospital employees, day-care workers, and others in the latest nationwide demonstration by the Fight for $15 campaign. The last major protest was on the campaign’s four-year anniversary on November …

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America’s Top Public-Health Official Has Shady Ties to Coca-Cola

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The nation’s primary authority on public health — the CDC — has a new Trump-appointed boss, and lo and behold, she’s a big fan of letting Big Soda pay for anti-obesity initiatives. Prior to landing this new gig, Brenda Fitzgerald worked as an OB/GYN, as Newt Gingrich’s health adviser, …

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Steakhouse Owners Are Mad at Trump

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Since May, the Trump administration has been boasting about the president’s bilateral trade deal with China. (Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross declared it “gigantic,” while the dealmaker-in-chief himself tweeted, “This is REAL news!”) The excitement’s over China agreeing to open its markets to U.S. beef for the first …

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Starbucks Vows to Hire Another 2,500 Refugees, This Time in Europe

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Starbucks is entering round two of its refugee-hiring plan, the backlash be damned. It announced today — which, not by accident, is World Refugee Day — that cafés in Europe will recruit 2,500 new refugee workers over the next five years. This marks the second phase of a …

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Trump Administration Begins Dismantling Michelle Obama’s School-Lunch Policies

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Sonny Perdue has been USDA secretary for barely a week, and yesterday, he announced a plan from a Virginia elementary school to undo Michelle Obama’s school-lunch standards that limit salt and require cafeterias to use breads and pasta that haven’t been heavily processed. “We know meals …

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A New Study Says the Trans-Fat Ban Is Working to Reduce Heart Attacks

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Encouraging news for people who hate deep fryers. According to a new study published in the JAMA Cardiology journal, bans on trans fats in New York City and several New York counties have led to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes. This was the case, …

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Investors Warn a ‘Liberal Agenda’ Is Killing Starbucks’s Business

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks steadfastly maintains that sales aren’t affected when it mixes coffee with social justice. But its new refugee-hiring plan, which came in reaction to Trump’s ill-fated travel ban, did ignite a pretty swift conservative backlash, and now some investors who …

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President Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Slash Funding for Meals on Wheels

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Among the many cuts that President Donald Trump has suggested in his 2018 budget proposal is the elimination of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program. If Congress were to approve this budget, it would cut federal funding for Meals on Wheels, the popular program …

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Congressman Warns He’s Bringing Chef José Andrés As His Guest to Trump’s Speech Tonight

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When President Trump takes the podium tonight for his first address to Congress, the attendees he’ll have to stomach staring at the whole time include undocumented immigrants, Iraqi refugees, women protesting in white, and now his chief legal nemesis, José Andrés. Congressman Filemon Vela …

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U.K. Farmers Warn Brexit Could Make Their Crops ‘Rot in the Fields’

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Here’s a familiar-sounding argument: British farmers say the impending Brexit, which will reduce immigration significantly, could send their industry into a free fall, since about 20 percent of the workers in their fields are foreign. As a result, England’s largest farmer union is pleading …

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Icelandic President Clarifies He Still Hates Pineapple Pizza, But He Respects the Public’s Right to Eat It

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Of all the pizza toppings out there, pineapple has long been the most polarizing. And now, Icelandic president Guðni Jóhannesson has caused a furor by saying in an interview that he is “fundamentally opposed” to pineapple as a pizza topping. Continuing his remarks, which he made last week, …

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Restaurants Face Backlash After Firing Employees Who Participated in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

Source: Grub Street NY

On Thursday, workers across the country went on strike as part of a grassroots movement called “A Day Without Immigrants.” Many restaurants and food businesses, both immigrant-owned and those sympathetic to the cause, shuttered for the day, or allowed workers to take the day off, in solidarity with …

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How New York’s Restaurants Are Supporting the ‘Day Without Immigrants’

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In New York, Maria Cano is a legend. Even if you don’t know her name, you know her as the “sainted Arepa Lady,” and the person who makes Colombian corn cakes so well that people travel far and wide just to try them. Surprisingly, in her home country, she wasn’t …

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How New York’s Restaurants Are Supporting the ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Source: Grub Street NY

In New York, Maria Cano is a legend. Even if you don’t know her name, you know her as the “sainted Arepa Lady,” and the person who makes Colombian corn cakes so well that people travel far and wide just to try them. Surprisingly, in her home country, she wasn’t …

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Here’s the Proposed Plan to Save Manhattan’s Affordable Grocery Stores

Source: Grub Street NY

Times have been tough on New York’s neighborhood supermarkets. They not only have to contend with rocketing rents but also with increased competition from more upscale national chains like Whole Foods, drug stores, and online delivery services like Fresh Direct. Smaller, family-run stores have been the most vulnerable, …

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Mexican Avocado Farmers Are Running One of the Super Bowl’s First Ads

Source: Grub Street NY

Fans eager for a four-hour escape from the new reality aren’t going to find it in Super Bowl LI. Besides Budweiser’s completely coincidental immigration-themed ad, they’ll also be reminded of President Trump’s border wall (and how he might pay for it) thanks to a …

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Veterans Employed by Starbucks Tell Conservatives to Quit Claiming Starbucks Hates the Military

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has rolled out a group of ex-military baristas to fire back at Trump supporters who continue making the fanciful claim that the chain doesn’t care about jobless veterans. The claim has sort of become the #BoycottStarbucks crowd’s default response to CEO Howard Schultz’s news that …

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Analysts Say a Tariff on Mexican Goods Would Screw Chipotle

Source: Grub Street NY

A tariff on Mexican goods could be a massive headache for still-struggling Chipotle, analysts say in a new report out today. Instinet’s Mark Kalinowski, probably the most respected analyst who studies the restaurant industry, crunched numbers on the fallout if President Trump taxed Mexican imports to pay for …

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Trump’s Secretary of Labor Pick Called Fast-Food Workers ‘the Best of the Worst’

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Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder — the robot-loving CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s parent company, CKE Restaurants —is notoriously anti-labor. He’s advocated for replacing people with machines instead of paying them a livable wage, thinks Obamacare is bogus, and presided over chains with …

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Watch Ted Cruz’s Stirring Ode to Texas Queso

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As if the government doesn’t have enough to worry about, Ted Cruz would like to remind us all that he’s Texan through and through. Just check out this ode to the “visceral, emotional” power of Texas queso, complete with full-on shade thrown at Ritz crackers and some lesser …

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Is There Any Way to Avoid Food Fraud?

Source: Grub Street NY

This week, New York published a massive guide to conscientious eating. The takeaway: It’s extremely difficult to eat food that doesn’t in some way wreak havoc on the environment, or your body, or some poor animal that has no idea its ultimate destination is your dinner plate. Even critic Adam…More »

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Senate Passes America’s First GMO-Labeling Bill

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The government’s first GMO-labeling bill achieved a broad bipartisan victory yesterday in the Senate. It only needed a majority vote, but the measure passed 63–30, a sign critics point to as evidence this stab at food transparency probably isn’t going to be worth anything. The bill would force food companies…More »

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