In the old days on this blog, I’d serve up a “Friday Buffet” of news tidbits that didn’t fit anywhere else. Today I’m bringing back the Buffet to share these little goodies with you:
Update on Chicken Petition
First, I wanted to let you know that our petition regarding chicken from China is now at 305,000 signatures and continuing to grow. The petition, and the issue of Chinese chicken generally, will be featured in the Houston Chronicle this week and I’ll share that link on Facebook and Twitter when it’s up. I will also be writing my own opinion piece for the paper (spoiler: I don’t like chicken from China! ) and will share that, too.
Two TLT Friends Nominated for IACP Cookbook Award
TLT friends Katie Morford (Mom’s Kitchen Handbook) and ChopChop magazine were both nominated for the prestigious IACP (International Association for Culinary Professionals) award for the cookbooks they released this year. My past review of Katie’s cookbook is here, and of ChopChop’s here. Congratulations to both of you!
Mom Activists Unite!
Real Mom Nutrition‘s Sally Kuzemchak had a great post yesterday on food activism, big and small. It’s a needed reminder for all of us that “activism” can mean petitions and national campaigns, but also just asking your soccer coach to eliminate junk food snacks. And, as I said to Sally in an email, sometimes the latter is actually a lot harder than the former, because you have to be tactful with someone you know personally — and will likely see again for a long time.
Interesting Twitter Convo
On a related note, throughout the day yesterday I was engaged in an interesting discussion on Twitter with colleagues Casey Hinds, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Michele Simon, Andy Belatti and Nancy Huehnergarth regarding this very notion of “mom activists,”as well as whether it’s OK to call someone a “mommy blogger,” whether women activists are marginalized when they highlight their personal motivations, what motivates each of us to do what we do, and more. If you’re a Twitter follower, you might enjoy checking out our feeds from yesterday and feel free to chime in as well.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Finally, I was so honored to be named one of the “15 Most Important Moms in the Food Industry” by Elizabeth Street yesterday, in a list compiled with the help of Robyn O’Brien, noted food activist and author of The Unhealthy Truth. Since this list also included personal heroes like Michelle Obama and Laurie David, and stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, I’m really not quite sure how I ended up there. But I am agitating for some sort of induction ceremony, just to be able to catch a glimpse of those awesome women in person! :-) Huge thanks to Robyn and Elizabeth Street for the honor.
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