March 14, 2016: Hi FoodAnthro readers, we have quite a collection of stories for you this week. As always, if you’d like to submit a story for the round up you can email it to: LaurenRMoore@uky.edu.
First, there has been ongoing controversy at Iowa State University following the collection of over 57,000 student signatures in December 2015–and handed to university administrators in February 2016–expressing concern over research involving genetically modified bananas. The research involved a feeding study in which university undergraduates ate the modified bananas, and subsequent support for the researcher from university administrators. The contest can be followed here:
Genetically Modified Bananas Spark Controversy
When a Banana is Much More than a Banana
Letter: ISU Dean Supports Researcher
CivilEats posted a great food news round up of their own, which I won’t replicate here but instead will direct you to–it includes data on tax contributions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, the resignation of the FDA’s top administrator, antibiotic-free meat at In-and-Out, and a story about Americans’ processed food consumption: All the News That’s Fit to Eat
NPR featured a story about ugly produce coming to a Whole Foods near you: From Ugly to Hip: Misfit Fruits and Vegetables Coming to a Whole Foods Near You