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Saying "no" to caramel coloring.

Saying “no” to caramel coloring.

Good news for school lunches. I’ll start off this week’s update with some good news, coming from Marin County, California. Starting this month, the Sausalito Marin City School District will be serving 100 percent organic, GMO-free meals in two schools in Marin City and Sausalito. These schools serve about 500 students. All meals will be prepared on-site by The Conscious Kitchen, which rethinks school food based on five foundational terms: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Non-GMO. This is the first school district in the nation to deliver food with this model. An important message to Big Ag is that transparency in labeling is essential for long-term monitoring of health and ecosystem effects of GMOs, and until we can have post-release surveillance and epidemiologic studies of possible health effects, the public will be attracted to approaches such as this one in Marin. Read More >

Bee More Delicious, Hon

Removing honeycomb from the super

It’s too easy to pun on honey. But making honey is quite a labor-intensive endeavor—mostly for the bees, but also for the humans who extract it.

On Wednesday, a group of students led by Sarah Khasawinah hosted a honey extraction party, in two parts. First, the beekeepers calmed the bees with smoke and tapped them out of their “super” (the box where the honeybees make surplus honey). Then they took the super to a studio at the Maryland Institute College of Art and extracted the honey from the honeycombs; to do this they used a hot knife to remove wax cappings from the honeycombs and a centrifuge to spin the honey out of the combs. Read More >