Kiko's Food News, 6.1.12

What happens when strangers live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food and attempt zero waste? A new indie film “The Garden Summer” may actually be more familiar to some of us than life on MTV’s Real World or Jersey Shore! (full story, Eatocracy)

Great insights about the future of the pop-up craze and our human affinity for food secrets; there’s something attractive about finding a market, truck or festival that no one else has, and sharing it: (full story, New York Times)

Food scientist Barb Stuckey explains why bitter foods are inherently healthful, and how each overly sweet food that we consume dulls our palates to the flavors in nutritious fruits and veggies: (full story, Wall Street Journal)

FreshPaper, a new line of five-by-five-inch “dryer sheets for produce”, may double the life of berries and other fruits and veggies in the fridge: (full story, Tasting Table)

With food giants like Starbucks and Kraft switching out high-fructose corn syrup for cane or beet sugar, the Corn Refiners Association has tried to salvage their market by launching a campaign changing the name to “corn sugar”; looks like the FDA saw through the ploy though, as they just rejected the request: (full story, Wall Street Journal)

An Oregon farmer is raising Skinny Beef and selling ground beef from his ultra-fit “sport cattle” that’s reportedly at least 98% lean: (full story, Oregonlive)

Looks like I’m not the only one obsessed with Korean food: South Korea’s government has invested heavily into bringing bibimbap and its friends to epicureans worldwide. Interesting to notice how the growing popularity coincides with Korea’s increasing economic clout, in the same way that eating raw fish went mainstream as Japan grew economically powerful: (full story, Alaska Dispatch)