April 21, 1992 |
Food Costs Take Smaller Bite of U.S. Paychecks: Americans are spending a smaller share than ever of their disposable income on food--11.5%, the Agriculture Department said. In an annual report, "Food Costs from Farm to Retail 1991," the department said food spending by individuals and households totaled $486 billion in 1991, or 11.5% of total personal disposable income. For 1990, the share was 11.7% It was 13.5% in 1980, 13.9% in 1970 and 17.5% in 1960.
January 20, 2011 |
Fake blueberries are usually plastic and can be found with other fake fruits in decorative arrangements or on bizarre hats. Now, apparently, they can be found in food. A range of fake blueberries are in a number of retail food items that contain labels or photos suggesting real blueberries were used in the products, according to an investigation. Sigh. As if it's not hard enough to include fruits in your diet. Now you have to watch for fraudulent food. The nonprofit Consumer Wellness Center reported Thursday that its investigation found "blueberries" that were nothing more than a concoction of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and -- of course -- artificial food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40. The offenders are well-known manufacturers such as Kellogg's, Betty Crocker and General Mills, and the fakes were found in bagels, cereals, breads and muffins.
August 22, 2013 |
California is the No. 1 state in the United States for discouraging applicants for food stamps. The cause isn't ideology, it's confusing paperwork and bureaucracy. ALSO: Area 51: The real cover-up Can you hold the fries for one day for a fast-food wage protest? Georgia shooting: We tamper-proof Tylenol, but gun control is a no-go Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
January 5, 2013
Exhausted enough to seek outside help? Los Angeles-based Sleepy Planet founders and authors of bestselling "The Sleepeasy Solution," Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger offer classes at the Pump Station in Santa Monica, a shop and resource center. "We call it sleep nutrition for kids. It's almost as important as the food they're eating," says Waldburger. These workshops, limited to 15 people, provide parents with alternatives to "crying it out" and offer personalized approaches to a child's sleep plan.
October 22, 2012 |
Taking pictures of your food and sharing them with friends is always fun, but sharing pictures of all the food you've eaten on vacation? Those are the best. During our #Weekendeats chat Monday morning on Twitter, our #Weekendeats family shared some photos from their recent vacations. Here are the highlights: Food blogger Darin Dines shared a photo from his 10-day trip to Tokyo. While at the RyuGin restaurant in Tokyo, Dines feasted on fried uni . Jo from Mylastbite.com shared some photos of her meals from her time in London.
June 20, 2013 |
In their new book, "The Beautiful Edible Garden," designers Stefani Bittner and Leslie Bennett urge readers to create a stylish outdoor space using vegetables, fruits and herbs as key landscaping plants. Gardens should be stunning, they say - but also useful and productive. You can have both, assure the authors, co-owners of Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in Oakland. You can balance aesthetics with bounty by using Bittner and Bennett's "swap" technique, which involves substituting a productive plant (one that you can harvest for food or flowers)