Kiko's Food News, 8.26.11

Slow Food USA has officially launched their $5 Challenge campaign, encouraging people across the country to cook food at home that costs no more than five dollars per person:(full story)

Federal agents organized a sting operation against a tiny raw milk buying club in Venice, CA (the Rawesome Raw Food Club-how good is that name?), arresting a club volunteer and seizing computers, files, cash, and $70,000 worth of perishable produce; how’s that for efficient use of crime fighting resources?!: (full story)

Scientists have discovered a natural preservative which could mean the end of rotting food; the substance destroys the bacteria that make meat, fish, eggs and dairy products decompose: (full story)

Federal officials rejected Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to bar New York City’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with them; the decision derailed one of the mayor’s big ideas to fight obesity and poor nutrition in the city: (full story)

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has partnered with a community group to start a 2,400 square foot apiary on-site; now 23 beehives are up and running and are scheduled to yield 575 pounds of honey this year: (full story)

UC Davis, long California’s hub for agricultural learning, has just launched a sustainable agriculture major, taught by faculty from 8 different departments: (full story)

If you’re reading this from New York, please visit this store since I can’t: the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, a health-conscious and earth-conscious grocery nestled in the hills of Harlemville, has a special labeling system for foods produced by nearby farms that maintain “ecosystem-friendly ratios of plants to animals”, and runs sleepover camps where children learn how to milk cows and make yogurt: (full story)