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Fast-food Chain To Start Growing Produce Near Fukushima’s Contaminated Zone

How the Government Shutdown Would Affect Food in America


There’s a lot of people that rely on the parks to be open.” See more: 7 French Toast Mistakes You’re Making Licensing and Regulation of Distilleries: If you read us regularly, you know America’s small distillers have been blossoming (there’s even a moonshine renaissance). But the licensing arm of the U.S. government-the Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau-would, according to the contingency plan put in place for the last shutdown standoff, need to halt all “processing of permits” and “certificates of label approval,” significantly impacting our micro-distillery boomlet. Food Tourism Overseas: The Bureau of Consular Affairs, which confers passports, would certainly be shuttered. So if you’re planning to celebrate harvest season in the South of France, or want to duck off to the street carts in Singapore, but your passport is about to expire, you might be out of luck. According to the Washington Post, the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns resulted in 200,000 delayed passports, so depending on how long this goes, the backlog could take a while to sort out. Military Commissaries: Last time a shutdown was threatened, in April 2011, the Department of Defense kept the commissaries open, which is a good thing. The low-cost stores available to military personnel around the world help a lot of soldiers stretch their paychecks, and keep their families fed. This time, according to a press release, overseas commissaries would stay open, but stateside stores would close on October 2, after one day “to reduce the amount of perishables on-hand.” Of course, as we stated earlier, no one’s getting paid until this all blows over, so overseas military may have trouble buying food even if the stores are open. Small Business Loans: If the government shuts down, don’t expect that empty storefront around the corner to turn into a great new Thai place anytime soon. The Small Business Administration, which provides loans to help businesses start or expand, will be putting all its business loans on hold until this ends. Trash Pickup: Possibly the smelliest effect of the government shutdown is that all city services in the District of Columbia will cease-including garbage collection.

The Information of Food

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(Credit: AP/David Guttenfelder) A Japanese fast-food chain is partnering with local farmers to grow produce for distribution throughout the country. The trouble is, those farmers are local to Fukushima, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Over 160,000 residents were evacuated from the area surrounding Japans Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant when three of its nuclear reactors experienced core meltdown, releasing unknown amounts of radiation into the land, sea and air. The government made the 20 kilometers immediately surrounding the plant a mandatory evacuation zone, up to 30 miles radius was considered voluntary, and additional areas were cleared depending on wind direction. Many people have yet to return. The fast-food company,Yoshinoya Holdings, is setting up plots for onion, cabbage and rice 100 kilometers or 60 miles southwest from the reactors. The area, according to Reuters , was once well-known for the produce grown there. Since the disaster, though, and despite assurances from the Japanese government that food from the area is safe, demand has predictably dropped. In a statement, Yoshinoya expressed its desire to help rebuild the area, and promised to ensure that the food is safe to eat. But considering that the plant continues to be plagued by mishaps, including the tons of contaminated water its currently leaking into the ocean, it might be a tough sell. Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainability. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email More Lindsay Abrams.

and my mom would focus on the food, the nutrients, the taste and the market prices. In all these discussions, three things always struck me: One, that the practice of agriculture was difficult – physically and economically – but emotionally satisfying. Two, that it was complex — there were a lot of variables involved in any decision my father took for our farm – weather, government policies, labor availability, food prices, land prices, interest rates, equipment costs, (just to name a few) — all were considered all the time at both ends of the entire food ecosystem. And three that my family wanted me to get out of farming and become a professional (doctor or engineer) – the hardship and complexity was just not worth it; other professions were more efficient at making money. Quite a message to digest for a 10-year-old. But even more importantly, quite a paradox — if the world indeed needed is challenged by population growth, don’t we need more, smarter professionals as growers, not fewer? And, shouldn’t we have more emphasis on making the food ecosystem profitable and efficient, so young people don’t leave this important vocation as a career choice? And shouldn’t the best technologies be constantly focused on making food tastier, more nutritious, more affordable, more efficient and safer while also allowing farmers to earn higher profits? How can we achieve this? Clearly my parents couldn’t imagine that future. They saw the food ecosystem as a zero-sum game. But then again, neither could they imagine Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix or Verizon. And the common denominator to all these recent breakthroughs has been – Information and the ability/technology to disrupt the status-quo in real-time. Instant gratification. Today, we face the perfect storm for our food supply — climate change, regulations, population growth and a global supply-chain have aligned to necessitate the use of information.

NightCulture Inc. Announces The Houston MINI Dealers Food Truck Fest

Markets close in 4 hrs 57 mins Stock Watch NightCulture Inc. Announces The Houston MINI Dealers Food Truck Fest Press Release: NightCulture Inc. 1 hour 3 minutes ago 0.045 0.000 HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NightCulture Inc. ( NGHT ) announces Stereo Live will host the 2nd Houston Food Truck Fest on Saturday, November 9th. Underwritten by Houston area MINI dealers, this event will bring together 20 of Houston’s finest “Meals On Wheels”. Live music, karaoke, DJ’s, kid’s activities and mobile clothes boutiques will ensure an afternoon packed with plenty to do, see, eat and drink. Accompanied by increasing media and public interest, Houston’s mobile food scene has seen significant growth in the past year or two. This event offers couples, groups, families and those flying solo the opportunity to explore this exciting culinary world in one place. Each of the trucks invited to participate will feature at least one $3 sample signature item in addition to their regular menus. An eclectic world of cuisine ranging from traditional Southern fare to adventurous East-West fusion dishes will be on offer. The festival is open to all ages, with those 12 and under admitted at no charge. A full bar will also be available to those 21 and over with ID. Participating gourmet Food trucks will include Chi’lantro BBQ (featured on “The Food Network” and “The Cooking Channel”), Ladybird Food Truck (Houston CultureMap’s “Best Grilled Cheese”), The Waffle Bus (featured on “The Food Network”, “Eat St.” and one of the Official SXSW 2013 Food Trucks), Taco Nuts (latest venture from celebrated chef LJ Wiley, of the former Upper Kirby restaurant Yelapa Playa Mexicana) and sixteen more! Intuit software company released a study late last year in which they estimate that the gourmet food truck industry will generate $2.7 billion annually by 2017, or close to 4% of restaurant sales as a whole. The Momentum Mini Houston Food Truck Fest’s goal is to showcase Houston’s mobile chef-driven businesses and demonstrate to the Greater Houston area what the fuss is all about.

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