Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals are injured or killed every year by fishermen around the world. And because most seafood in the U.S. is imported, that means our fish isn't as dolphin-friendly as you might expect.
Under pressure from conservation groups, federal regulators are preparing to tighten import standards to better protect marine mammals.
There was a time, more than 40 years ago, when U.S. fishermen killed millions of dolphins while fishing for tuna. After a public backlash, fishermen figured out how to minimize that so-called bycatch.
In many prisons and jails across the U.S., punishment can come in the form of a bland, brownish lump. Known as nutraloaf, or simply "the loaf," it's fed day after day to inmates who throw food or, in some cases, get violent. Even though it meets nutritional guidelines, civil rights activists urge against the use of the brick-shaped meal.
Tasteless food as punishment is nothing new: Back in the 19th century, prisoners were given bread and water until they'd earned with good behavior the right to eat meat and cheese.
Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:54 pm
One of the Northwest’s biggest dairy producers has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s after the milk co-op failed to report a chlorine gas release that required medical treatment for a dozen people.
Chlorine gas is highly toxic. It can make your eyes, nose and mouth burn. If you breathe the gas, it can cause respiratory problems or death.
Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:21 am
As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Instantly, I was ambushed by a flashback to the tiny Italian pastry shop of the small riverside town just north of Manhattan where I grew up, and where, I felt sure, I had been given star-shaped sprinkle cookies of a similar kind as a reward for my excellent behavior.
Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about her favorite gifts from the farm, many of which can be found at local farmers markets — many of which are still open during the winter months.
Her suggestions include preserves, handmade baskets, wreaths, soaps, lotions and honey.
But she says it's important to be cautious about gifting a Community Supported Agriculture subscription. This program allows you to pay a membership to a farm in exchange for a delivery of fresh goods from the farm, like produce or fruit boxes. Although a great program to be involved in, Wiser says that a CSA is as individual as a fingerprint and comes with responsibility for the person receiving it, so make sure to check before signing someone up!
Lil’ Jon Restaurant and Lounge in Bellevue’s Eastgate neighborhood is serving its classic American diner fare again — and the many regulars who filled the place opening day couldn’t be happier.
“I enjoy being here. It’s everybody knows your name, just like Cheers,” Sharon Aboe said. “It’s good food and good people.” She started coming to Lil’ Jon 20 years ago and was glad to take her seat again at the counter.
Steve Scher talks with chef Abe Hagel at his new Ravenna restaurant, Zouave. Hagel hopes his eclectic menu of Mediterranean dishes and Berber spices will draw diners and beat the statistic that 25 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year.
Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:57 pm
Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.
Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. opened its first. Dubbed Community Shop, the store is located in an impoverished former mining town in South Yorkshire.