Interesting and important Food News from around the web for Seeders, Feeders & Eaters.
News for SEEDERS
In historic move, California expands overtime to farmworkers [AP] – California Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation that will end the age-old practice of separating agricultural workers from conventional labor rules. Farmworkers will be entitled to time-and-a-half pay after eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week, up from 10 hours a day or 60 a week. The new rules will start phasing in in 2019 and will take full effect in 2022 for most businesses and in 2025 for farms with 25 or fewer employees.
Kimbal Musk’s New Accelerator In Brooklyn Will Train Vertical Farmers [Fast CoExist] – Square Roots Farm, co-founded by entrepreneurs Kimbal Musk and Tobias Peggs, will train new vertical farmers in a year-long accelerator program. The campus will use repurposed shipping containers and technology from ZipGrow, which produces indoor towers for plants. Inside a space smaller than 320 square feet each module can yield the same amount of food as two acres of outdoor farmland in a year.
News for FEEDERS
Highlights From the Food World’s Most Game-Changing Festival [NY Times] – Founded by Noma restaurant’s chef/owner/visionary, René Redzepi, MAD (the Danish word for “food”) is a not-for-proﬁt organization that aims to spread ideas, forge new relationships, discuss injustices and update the global playbook for an ethical, sustainable food culture. This year’s MAD theme “Tomorrow’s Kitchens”, explored two questions: What do we hope our kitchens will be like in the future? And what can we do today to make those dreams a reality? “After hot debate, cold beer, laughs, tears and enough Norwegian mackerel to trigger a tent-wide omega-3 brain-boost, one truth emerged: The answer is not in the food, but in the people behind it.”
“If you want to go fast, go alone,” Jose Andrés said. “If you want to go far, go together.”
News for EATERS
Feast—Portland’s Biggest, Baddest Food Fest—Happens This Week [Portland Monthly Magazine] – Feast invades Portland this week: over 100 local and out-of-town chefs, 40-something events and 13,000+ Eaters to take it all in… Whoa. LET um EAT Feeders participating include Jason French of Ned Ludd, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Jacobsen Salt Co., Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar + New Deal Distillery.
The LET um EAT crew will be out and about enjoying the festivities! Also- watch for deets on a fun unofficial Feast party we’re throwing with our friends at Han Oak on Saturday!
“There will be major food celebrities from New York and L.A.—clearly identifiable by their lack of Gore-Tex.” – Ben Tepler, PoMo Magazine on out-of-towners in Portland for Feast
Can Online Sales Bring Food Co-ops into the Modern Age? [Civil Eats] – Portland food writer/blogger and LET um EAT Eater Kathleen Bauer of Good Stuff NW reports on new technology is allowing once-fringe natural food co-ops to reach a new audience. Instacart currently has 100 retailers nationwide, including several co-ops like Portland’s Food Front Cooperative.