Kiko's Food News, 3.1.13

The former president of Trader Joe’s sees solutions to our problems of food waste and food insecurity in his new nonprofit food store where customers will be able to purchase “expired” ingredients for a fraction of their retail price, plus healthy meals made from donated food. Critics raise the “ew” issue of eating someone else’s leftovers and worry that the discount shop may compete for resources with food banks, but I say we’ve got to try it before we knock it! (Yahoo News)

A study found that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, veggies and wine at mealtime; take this quiz to see how Mediterranean yours is: (New York Times)

For those of us keeping an eye on how local start-up Good Eggs will leverage technology to get food from small producers into local hands: this week they launched a distribution operation, allowing customers to order groceries directly from farmers and food makers and have it delivered right from the field or the kitchen, with no waste from extra inventory: (Wired)

Horse meat falsely labeled as beef has been discovered in lasagnas, burgers, and even Ikea’s meatballs in Britain, Ireland, Sweden and France: (Washington Post)

The International Dairy Foods Association and National Milk Producers Federation have filed a petition with the FDA asking them to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose–without listing these additives on the label! (Natural News)

For decades the US pork industry has tried to breed the fat out of pork, “the other white meat”, to the detriment of flavor; now an Iowa pig farmer is bringing the flavor back, claiming he’s bred the best tasting pork ever by crossing a Chinese swine with a Russian wild boar. He’s convinced his meat is worth 4 x the price of regular supermarket pork, but how much fat in pork is too much? (New York Times)