Eat the Week: Lords of the Fly, Gorging Gamers, Hallucinating Kindergartener, and the Satiety-bound Dining Car
1. Five students at the University of Chicago were just awarded $10,000 to scurry forth with their for-profit enterprise that markets insect meat as a viable food source. Winners of an entrepreneurship and innovation competition, Entom Foods chirps entomophagy as highly nutritious, environmentally sustainable, and extremely difficult to advertise to that squeamish 20% of the world’s population that doesn’t already incorporate the critters into their diet. Two words: bug nuggets.
2. Yet another reason to eat your veggies — Johns Hopkins researchers have entered phase-II testing of an anti-carcinogenic chemical found in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, sprouts, leafy greens, and the like) and its benefits on sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sulforaphane is currently involved in numerous clinical trials and has been shown to restore purifying chemical pathways in the lungs, as well as prevent and slow the growth of certain cancers. Somehow, all mothers already knew this.
3. On Sunday, a Connecticut mother cooked PCP in a pot. On Monday, a 5-year-old in Connecticut was hospitalized after accidentally eating PCP-laced pasta. The girl was not seriously injured and sustained no permanent damages, but at one point, she did have four noses.
4. The FDA missed another deadline, and in Washington, D.C., the gluten-free community raised the world’s largest gluten-free cake as a red flag. In light of the growing occurrence of celiac disease, Congress mandated that the administration clearly define when a food can be labeled as “gluten-free.” That was seven years ago. A summit was gathered May 4 to raise awareness of the health issue and goad administrators to get to writing.
5. In an effort to curb diabetes and obesity, Michael Bloomberg has been battling with the American Beverage Association in a war to put restrictions on food stamps. The NYC mayor aims to ban the purchase of sugar-sweetened drinks — both carbonated and non — with federal aid money. Food industry groups are understandably fizzing over, as are recipients of SNAP, who are opposed to this preventive hand scouring their grocery baskets.
6. This past Tuesday, the world’s food experts assembled at Georgetown University to discuss the impending future of food. From Dan Barber to Wendell Berry, Eric Schlosser to Will Allen, the Future of Food Conference featured more than thirty speakers to address topics like consumer behavior and agricultural trends. Watch some highlights!
7. It seems everyone’s on a junk food crusade these days. A study published in the spring issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs poses that, in addition to a tax on fatty foods used to subsidize healthier foods, the best way to ward off obesity is with visible health warnings. Reference: #5.
8. New York-based supper clubs banded together Sunday to offer select individuals a bourgeois seat on an L-train luncheon car. Six courses were presented to special commuters in under 30 minutes (including foie gras en brioche and filet mignon) and the diners were even wined-and-dined (without the wine) by a recitation of The Great Gatsby. Next stop: stained blouse.
9. Old timers White Castle have decided to see what this whole Internet craze is about. After testing online ordering a couple months ago with success, the Columbus chain has now extended web pre-ordering to all of their locations. It’s never before been this easy to pick up a cardboard briefcase of tiny hamburgers.
10. In a somehow obvious conclusion, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that video games may make teenage boys eat more. The non-causal results suggest that, rather than increase hunger, the heightened stress that accompanies intense gaming leads gamers to seek reward — often in the form of food. Just wait untill they find out about pot.
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