Here’s A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

World Food Prize

17, 2013. (Photo: Charlie Litchfield, The Des Moines Register) Story Highlights Ceremony at Iowa Capitol draws protesters Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta, Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto, Marc Van Montagu of Belgium honored Chilton calls opposition to GMOs ‘misguided’ SHARE 2 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE DES MOINES, Iowa — This year’s World Food Prize laureates called on a hungry world to embrace the seeds they helped develop, despite controversy that threatens to limit the reach of biotech crops. Three researchers who played prominent roles in developing genetically modified crops Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta, Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto and Marc Van Montagu of Belgium were awarded the World Food Prize on Thursday at the Iowa Capitol. The music- and history-filled ceremony highlighted the prize’s biggest and most controversial week yet. “My hope is this will put to rest the misguided opposition” to the crops, Chilton said after receiving the award. She called genetically modified organisms a “wonderful tool” in the fight against hunger. Fraley emphasized the necessity of the seeds in addressing “the greatest challenge the world faces” feeding a global population that will grow by a third by 2050. But he said Monsanto and the industry have struggled to explain their importance and safety. He called on the public, universities and nonprofits to help change that. “I can promise that my company will do what it takes. We’ll collaborate and share,” said Fraley, the chief technology officer of a company that has been accused by rivals of trying to limit use of its seed traits. Outside the ceremony, activists protested and fired off press releases. A truck with an advertisement from the Union of Concerned Scientists circled the Capitol, proclaiming “Monsanto fails at improving agriculture.” The group said biotech companies overhype the technology’s abilities.

19, 2013. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg/Getty Images Walmart has no regrets about allowing a wild shopping spree at two of its Louisiana stores when an electronic glitch lifted the spending caps on the cards of food stamp recipients. “We know we made the right choice,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told today. The chain has no regrets even though Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services said food stamp recipients should have been limited to $50 each during the emergency and that Walmart will have to pay the difference. Lundberg declined to comment about how much the company may have lost or why it did not follow the emergency $50 limit. Read More: Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree Courtesy Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Another Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said, “Our focus was to continue serving our customers.” Food stamp recipients jammed into Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill Saturday when word of the glitch spread. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were buying eight to ten grocery carts full of food. The store in Mansfield temporarily closed because of overcrowding and Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers left with up to eight carts of food and then went back for more. The food shelves were left bare and all the meat was sold as well, Lynd said. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m. EST Saturday during a regularly-scheduled test, according to Xerox, a vendor for the EBT system and based in Norwalk, Conn.

Walmart Says Food Stamp Shopping Spree Was ‘Right Choice’

Courtesy of Feeding the 5000 Wednesday is World Food Day, an occasion food activists like to use to call attention to world hunger. With 842 million chronically undernourished people on Earth, it’s a problem that hasn’t gone away . This year, activists are trying to make the day a little spicier with pots full of disco soup to highlight the absurd amount of food thrown away that could feed people: one-third of all the food produced every year. What is disco soup, you ask? It’s the tasty outcome of a party designed to bring strangers together to cook food that would otherwise end up in the trash. Oftentimes, the soup is donated to the hungry. Oh, and as the name suggests, there’s music involved, too. The first disco soup party was held in Germany in early 2012 by some folks affiliated with the Slow Food Youth Network Deutschland . The organizers collected discarded fruits and vegetables from a market, blasted some disco music and made a huge pot of soup. Two months later, a group in France threw a disco soup party and attracted 100 people. More parties followed, in Australia, South Korea, Ireland and beyond. You can check out an earnest little video of another French disco food event here: The idea eventually caught the attention of Tristram Stuart , a British food waste activist and writer who started Feeding the 5000, a campaign named for an event held in London in 2009 and 2011, where 5,000 members of the public were given a free lunch made with perfectly edible ingredients bound for the rubbish bin.

Food events in the Washington area

703-903-9330. . AUTUMN REGGAE AND WINE FESTIVAL: Reggae music, wine tastings, winery tours and food and craft vendors. Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $20; $15 designated drivers and ages 18-20; 17 and younger free. Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. 410-795-6432. . BOOK SIGNING: Kathy Hunt discusses and signs copies of Fish Market. Copies of the book will be 20 percent off during the signing. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Cuisine, 323 Cameron St., Alexandria. 703-836-4435. . COOKING CLASS: Javier Angeles Beron teaches a session on Peruvian cuisine.