Kiko's Food News, 3.8.13

If you could shame your friends into composting by calling them out when you caught them trashing compostables–even from miles away–would you? (Mechanical Turk)

I also love the idea of making good food affordable by changing habits around home cooking and storage, like taking 3-minute fridge inventories and cooking wilted veggies: (US News and World Report)

Universities’ searches for new revenue streams, coupled with growing demand for locally sourced food, are fueling farm-to-table product lines like Washington State’s branded “W.S.U. Premium Beef” from cattle they’ve raised in their animal science program for years: (New York Times)

Check out the biggest Oxfam America campaign to date, Behind the Brands: they’re taking on Big Food by ranking the ten largest food and beverage companies on social & environmental issues (I should add that these grades are based on official policies, not actual behavior): (NPR)

Last week I shared news of the horse meat scandal in Europe; turns out the USDA is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the US for the first time since 2007: (New York Times)

Child poverty in the US has reached record levels, with almost 17 million children now affected, and a growing number going hungry on a daily basis; Obama’s focusing his efforts on raising minimum wage to $9 to bolster the incomes of millions of working families: (BBC)