Eat the Week: Helping the Hungry Becomes a Crime, Pregnant Teens Told to Find New School, Creepy-Crawlies Canceled, and PBR-Takeover Totally Crushed

Eat the Week: Helping the Hungry Becomes a Crime, Pregnant Teens Told to Find New School, Creepy-Crawlies Canceled, and PBR-Takeover Totally Crushed

1. On June 8, three national activists and two volunteers were arrested in Orlando, FL, while hogging a public park during one of their organization’s semiweekly meetings. The crime? Feeding the hungry. The organization? Food Not Bombs. The arrests were kindled by the complaints of area residents and legally buoyed by a city ordinance — created in 2006 in response to these very same complaints — which prohibits the unpermitted feeding of groups exceeding 25 persons. A permit only allows this sort of assemblage twice a year per location, so who do these bleeding-hearts think they are, trying to hand out vegan and vegetarian meals twice a week to anyone and everyone who needs to eat? And get this: We’ve heard they’re not going to stop.

2. Another example of shameless stubbornness: despite the First Lady’s laudatory “Let’s Move!” campaign to mobilize a healthy-food revolution and fight childhood obesity, her hubby doesn’t look to be letting up on his nationwide consumption of comfort cuisine. Still on his U.S. tour, President Obama was spotted at Rudy’s in Toledo last Friday chowing down on a chili dog. But the real news lies in what our true-blue Chicagoan was overheard saying to the Ohio city’s mayor in the middle of their lunch together—“You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog,” buddy! If only Barack had been in NYC to scold Trump and Palin on their pizza faux pas last week.

3. In Massachusetts, Groupon is now grasping for grocery-store shoppers. As of Tuesday, the corporation has officially teamed up with Springfield’s Big Y Foods to bring savings to all club-card holders.

4. Two unique vendors abuzz with customers recently got their wrists slapped by health officials. La Oaxaqueña in San Francisco has been seasonally wrapping bugs in tortillas for years, but, to the calamitous chagrin of local loyalists, grasshopper tacos finally got the nix. And in Columbia, MO, this week, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream had to cool it with the hit cicada flavor, made from employees’ backyard-harvest of this summer’s 17-year swarm. (The first batch, made available on June 1, sold out within an hour.)

5. Food poisoning is on the rise, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control, and salmonella seems to be Public Enemy #1. Not only have food-borne illnesses attributable to the bacteria resisted decline over the last 15 years, occurrences have actually increased by 10% very recently. A piece of good news, though: last year, the FDA enacted legislation that should prove beneficial to prevention of salmonella in eggs — a widespread U.S. poisoning from tainted eggs is likely a large reason for the spike evidenced in the CDC’s statistics.

6. Concerned New Yorkers gathered in Union Square on Sunday for the city’s first annual National Animal Rights Day —orchestrated by the National Coalition of Animal Rights Organization. The event featured informational outposts and free vegan/vegetarian samples in the hopes of further educating the public on the mistreatment of animals by illuminating the backstage sourcing of our country’s food.

7. Following in the footsteps of this movement, Aspen, CO, rolled out the carpet for a citywide Meatless Monday initiative on June 6. Nearly a fifth of the town’s restaurants have signed on to the first-of-its-kind campaign, alongside schools, hospitals, and other institutes, agreeing to cut meat out of the picture at least once a week. The co-initiators — a local chef/restaurateur and a personal trainer — make it clear that they’re not preaching full transformation or demanding the exclusion of meat from menus. Rather, they’re fomenting a grassroots awareness of the health benefits of a plant-based diet and its positive environmental impact.

8. This week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stomped on two ad-execs-turned-entrepreneurs who were after Pabst. Before adhering to a cease-and-desist order, the men — former owners of BuyaBeerCompany.com — had been unlawfully directing investors to their site via Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to crowd-source a buy-out of the Blue Ribbon brewers. Do tell us, boys…why you gotta be so thirsty, yo?

9. Another underhanded (albeit successful) duo made off with a hefty hunk of change recently. Two Bend, OR, women were caught on camera entering a Whole Foods, traipsing over to the cheese display, and slipping out with almost $600 of blue and Gouda. The pair have yet to be apprehended, but Cascadian topography is being charged with aiding and abetting the downhill transport of stolen wheel-shaped merchandise.

10. Scheduled to shut down soon is a public, progressive, all-female high school in Detroit that let their students — teen mothers, in fact — tend to an urban farm in conjunction with their education. Many of the girls staged a sit-in this week to protest the Michigan law that has legitimized the unchecked closing of Catherine Ferguson High, only to be arrested in front of their children.

Photo: kristina sohappy