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Norah Burton is a graduate student at NYU in the food studies program and Culinary Institute of America alumnus. Her work has been published in Restaurant Business magazine. She is a former marketing professional who is passionate about cooking and food policy.

It’s Memorial Day. A day set aside for Americans to honor the U.S. men and women who have died while serving in the Armed Forces.

Because Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May, it’s also considered the unofficial start-date for picnic and barbeque season.

Many companies host picnics and potlucks for their employees

Although illegal, black market whale trade is on the rise.

In 1986, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) launched an international ban on whale meat. At present, the global population of whales totals 54,000.

The Hump, a sushi restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport, is under federal investigation for selling whale meat.  …

While many restaurants in New York City adhere to good sanitation practices, there are many establishments that need improvement.

On Tuesday the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene voted to require restaurants to post letter grades reflecting the operation’s cleanliness. The verdict, passed with a 6-to-2 vote, is a victory for consumers…

Acrylamide is a chemical compound used to make polyacrylamide materials.  Polyacrylamide is used to remove particles and impurities in drinking water.  Acrylamide is also produced in some foods cooked at high temperatures.

It is unclear how or why acrylamide forms when food is cooked at high temperatures.
Levels of the substance increase when carbohydrates and …

Last month, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released plans for making food policy a priority for New York City government in FoodNYC:  A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System.

reasons-to-eat-local.jpgStringer proposed eight ways to improve the Manhattan food system:

I.  Creation of an urban agriculture program to promote community gardening, as well as the development…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released documentation last month that provides details on allowed additives that do not need to be labeled on meat and poultry products purchased by consumers.  

For over two years officials at the USDA have been reviewing the issue of chicken sodium injection, …

More than 90 percent of the catfish imported to the United States originates in Vietnam, a country that has become the largest competitor to U.S. Delta region catfish farmers.

An international government debate over the catfish trade is ongoing.  Under the 2008 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed amending regulations for both …

In Chicago, food intended for public consumption must be prepared in a licensed kitchen.  

In this economy it is very difficult for entrepreneurs to make an investment in a commercial kitchen so shared incubators or kitchens are one creative, cost-effective answer.  With such creativity comes a gray area wherein permits such as food safety …

Educated consumers who want to avoid genetically modified ingredients place trust in organic companies to fully test their products for genuine or non-organic soybean sourcing.

soybeans1-iphone.jpgNative to the Far East, soy food comes from soybeans.  Traditional forms of soy foods include edamame, soymilk, tofu, and fermented foods such as miso, soy sauce and tempeh.  More …

During the Reagan era family farms experienced a rapid demise with many farmers turning to suicide as a result of lost profits.  There may once again be a muted epidemic of suicide occurring with the downfall of the economy.

The recent suicide of a New York State dairy farmer has drawn attention to the potential …