Tom Philpott is the senior food and agriculture writer at Grist. The Food Safety Modernization Act is set for a Senate vote soon. Tom Philpott's post explains why this bill has bounced around both houses. The bill allows the FDA to initiate food recalls and allows them broader oversight over the food supply.
The Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act was signed by President Obama earlier this week. The bill was funded, in part by cuts in the food stamp budget, a point that has angered many people. Under the bill, the USDA can set nutritional standards for all food sold in public schools. More info on the bill here. Watch Obama sign the bill here.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week is reviews Huge Tree Bakery in Monterey Park. He likes the hot tofu beverage, the twisted crullers, the turnip cakes, the fried leek pastry and the smoked chicken.
423 N. Atlantic Blvd.
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Farmer Bill Coleman has a wide array of dark leafy greens at his Santa Monica Farmers Market stand. He has all kinds of varieties of kale and mustard greens as well as bok choy, herbs and lettuces.
Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections is selling a blanc and noir fruitcake as part of her "Valerie at the Market" line. She has a booth at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market and at the Hollywood Farmers Market.