Kiko's Food News, 10.4.13

Wondering what the governmental shutdown could mean for food safety and access, for farmers, and for the environment? (Civil Eats)

That article, along with many of my most juicy food headlines, comes from Civil Eats, a food policy news source that's raising money to sustain; please consider donating so my friends Naomi and Paula can keep up their reporting!(Kickstarter)

Once we understand what expiration date language really means, we may be able to throw out less food while still eating safely; the "better-safe-than-sorry" blanket rule can be wasteful, so this glossary will help: (Businessweek)

I've got to get my hands on the new Working Class Foodies' Cookbook; not only does it include tasty, affordable recipes for under $8/person, but also info on how to stock a $40, $60, and $100 pantry: (Nab it!)

It may seem obvious that Americans' obsession with size, where volume equals value in supermarkets and restaurants, is making us bigger...but I like how Frank Bruni puts it here: (New York Times)

Philabundance, America's first non-profit grocery store, is ready to open its doors;  shoppers with annual incomes equal to or less than twice the federal poverty level can accrue store credit each time they shop: (Philadelphia Inquirer)