A tasty selection of food-related news from la presse anglo-saxone.
Foie gras: faux pas or faux gras?
Kate Winslet and various other beautiful people have joined PETA’s anti-foie gras campaign. Selling foie gras is already banned in Chicago and will be in California in 2012. A similar ban seems likely in New Jersey and New York. The movement is growing, even in Europe. Is “faux gras” the answer?
Designer of iconic coffee cup dies
Leslie Buck, designer of the iconic coffee cup that is one of New York City’s most recognizable pieces of ephemera, recently passed away at the age of 87. Called the Anthora, the cardboard cup has become a pop-culture totem.
Plastic pops the cork monopoly
A company called Nomacorc has been quietly revolutionizing the 400-year-old wine-cork industry. Over the past 10 years, plastic corks have replaced an estimated 20% of the bottle stopper market. More than one in 10 full-sized wine bottles sold worldwide now come with a Nomacorc plug.
The American radio network NPR shines a light on the growth in window gardening. Urban dwellers with no access to soil are turning to hydroponic gardening as a way to grow fresh veggies indoors.
Salt under attack
Salt is set to become America’s next public enemy number one. Sixteen food companies plan to cut the amount of salt in bacon, flavored rice and dozens of other products as part of a national effort to reduce American’s sodium consumption by 20%.
Food trends 2010
The Guardian’s food blogger, Craig Butcher, talks to two of the world’s top trendspotters what to expect in the food scene in 2010.