Kiko's Food News, 9.14.12

 “Feeding someone is about as close as you can get without having sex with them”–Sam gave his TEDx talk about how prioritizing relationships over profit has led to Bi-Rite’s success: 

The New York City Board of Health unanimously voted to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 oz at restaurants, movie theaters and more; it will take effect next March: (full story, CNN)

And starting Monday, McDonalds will post calorie counts on every menu board and drive-through sign at their over 14,000 U.S. locations! (full story, Los Angeles Times)

The organic label’s place in our food decision making process is a complicated one; this article tackles the confusing bundle of values shoppers must weigh in the cluttered grocery aisle: (full story, New York Times)

Food co-ops are making big changes since the origin of their movement in the 1970′s, in response to the growth of Whole Foods and other organic and specialty-food giants opening stores across the U.S.: (full story, Washington Post)

Nicholas Kristof took a break from international coverage to visit with a dairy farmer friend in his hometown; he learned about the movement to get cows out of confinement and back on the land, and the philosophy that cows are a team member–not an object to be exploited: (full story, New York Times)

The State Department is deploying an elite force of 80 top chefs from across the U.S. as the first-ever American Chef Corps; the group, which includes Jose Andres, Ming Tsai, and Rick Bayless, will be called on to prepare state dinners, travel abroad or host culinary experts from around the world: (full story, NPR)