Kiko's Food News, 5.18.12

The US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamp program) provides about $4.44 per day per person to purchase food, and Mario Batali’s bringing attention to how unrealistic healthy eating can be on this allocation; a couple weeks into living off this amount, he says he’s “f***ing starving”:  (full story, Huffington Post)

Food waste becomes art through cool photography revealing its revolting beauty: (full story, NPR)

I was fascinated by this personal account of why black woman prefer to weigh more than what may be considered healthy; the author calls on black women (for whom it is appropriate) to commit to getting under 200 pounds or to losing the 10% of body weight that often results in a 50% reduction in diabetes risk: (full story, New York Times)

Here at Bi-Rite we talk about Creating Community Through Food; creating business deals through food is a new opportunity for businesses that host client meetings in their kitchen instead of a boardroom: (full story, Fast Company)

I loved reading about Bittman’s encounter with Wendell Berry; when asked what city folks can do to turn around our agricultural system, Berry answered “realize that country people can’t invent a better agriculture by ourselves. Industrial agriculture wasn’t invented by us, and we can’t uninvent it. We’ll need some help with that.” (full story, New York Times)

A new study links fast food ads with obesity, suggesting that young people who recognize many fast-food brands-like McDonald’s golden arches and KFC’s logo-out of context are twice as likely to be obese as those who recognized only a few: (full story, Huffington Post)

Shrimp workers at a Thai factory that supplies Walmart have over many weeks been protesting their dismal conditions; since shrimp is America’s top-selling seafood and Walmart our biggest grocery retailer, we can add labor abuse to shrimp’s laundry list of problems: (full story, Grist)

Finally, despite the tremendous interest in food these days, there’s still not enough interest in the people that pick it: (full story, Civil Eats)