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Even in France…

Fast food sales now outnumber sit-down restaurant food sales in the home of gastronomy: More than half of all French restaurant sales now take place, sacrilegiously, at fast food chains, according to a new survey by food consultancy firm Gira Conseil. This is the first time fast food sales have surpassed sit-down restaurant sales in…

My current favorite news story is one by Reuters about an outbreak of e,coli in Germany attributed to organically grown bean sprouts with the ridiculous headline “E. Coli Outbreak Poses Questions for Organic Farming.” Now it is absolutely true that there is a nasty outbreak of e.coli in Germany that has made thousands of of…

What do you get when you cross Green, as in Green Markets – those emergent farmer’s and craftspeople’s markets that have given life to local food – with Black or Grey Markets – ie, illegal sales? Khaki is the color you get, and you get what I call “Khaki Markets” – the growing trend towards…

Mark Notaras has a terrific piece on what things are like in Japan, in a culture that has for several generations not had to worry too much about their food. There are useful lessons there for all of us: But to what geographic point do people’s concerns about radiation extend? Once nearby prefectures are associated…

In the latest news from Fukushima, water in Tokyo has been deemed unfit for babies to consume because of high radiation levels. Not surprisingly, shortages of bottled water are emerging, as people buy up larger quantities. A top Japanese official urged residents of the nation’s capital not to hoard bottled water Wednesday after Tokyo’s government…