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Starbucks Promises to Hire 10,000 Refugees in Response to Trump’s Muslim Ban

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has never been shy about sharing his politics. On Sunday, Schultz responded to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. The ban was immediately met with protests across the country, criticism from members of both political parties, and backlash from veterans. In a public statement addressing the company’s […]

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Nutella and the Hazelnut Shortage

2015 is shaping up to be a very forgettable year for Ferrero’s Nutella empire. The death of the Italian firm’s legendary owner Michele Ferrero in February prompted concern about its ability to keep churning out innovative new concoctions. And in June, French politician Ségolène Royal’s call for a boycott of the much-loved chocolate hazelnut spread, after decrying the environmental consequences of its palm oil, ensnared […]

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Shouldn’t The United States Have a United Food Policy?

Should the United States have a national food policy? And if it did, what else would it need to make that policy work? A few weeks ago, an important piece ran in the Washington Post asking the first question, and answering it affirmatively. It has been a busy few news weeks in the U.S., however, and the piece, co-authored […]

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Dispatches from the Roots Conference 2014

I’m asked to attend panels or forums a lot, and a lot of the times they’re invitations to major dining destinations, pulling me to various coasts and bustling cities. The Roots Conference was a breath of fresh air—taking place in the middle of America, where a lot of the issues that we were there to […]

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A Few Issues With Japanese Rice

Japan’s issues with sustainability, food self-sufficiency, and food security find their perfect metaphor with rice – a staple not only caught up in tradition and national mythology, but in the ever-changing world of global economics. As Japan began reconstruction after the end of World War II, the paramount issue was to feed a nation of […]

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Blame it on the Onion: Food and Indian Politics

by Fabio Parasecoli I recently spent two weeks in Bangalore, India doing research viagra online 50mg on geographical indications and on the food industry in one of the global IT capitals of the world. More about that in the coming weeks, but when I was there, I could not help but be intrigued by recurring […]

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Chick-fil-A Sandwiches, Words as Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Kiss-Ins

by Maria Zizka The public statement caused such a ruckus.  “We are very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit,” claimed Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.  Big name politicians, spiritual leaders, and sandwich-aficionados alike responded with attack or defense of Cathy’s beliefs. Though the fast food chief had previously generously […]

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Romney video blames Obama for barbecue joint’s demise

… in the final days of the race, President Obama stands accused of killing Bill’s Barbecue in Richmond. Romney stopped by one of Bill’s shuttered locations while on a swing through Virginia on Thursday, hours after his campaign released a video that linked Obama to the demise of the dear, departed eatery. The landmark restaurant, […]

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