One-third Of Food Wasted Worldwide, U.n. Says

NYFW Food Street Style

Here at MTV Style, we’re pretty shameless about our love of food. We keep a snack drawer stocked year-round. If your event includes a meal, we RSVPed last week. We’re in constant pursuit of chips , but we’ve also never met a granola bar we didn’t like. Most of all, though, we reeeeeally like when fashion and food come together . We even devoted a whole weekly franchise to it called Food Friday . Welp, for New York Fashion Week , we took that love to the next level (OK, maybe several next levels) by wearing some of our favorite food-themed clothes to the “tents” at Lincoln Center. Special #NYFW delivery! And no napkins to blot off the grease!Photo: MTV/Wendy Heisler More specifically, I wore massive photo print pizza , sour gummi worms , burgers , and fries in the midst of fashion’s most fabulous week among the well-tailored and Louboutin ‘ed. All while EATING the foods I was wearing. #meta Simultaneously a celebration of food-love and a fashion experiment, we started off by taking our own street style photographs (also, being weird and eating snacks), but it wasn’t long before other flashbulbs started to bite. Pro tip: head-to-toe sour gummi worms will definitely get you photographed at #NYFW. Also, probably everywhere. Photo: MTV/Wendy Heisler It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but if you’re pushing the boundaries of style, you’re likely to get photographed during NYFW.

House Republican to Food Stamp Users: No Soup for You

Graph showing 2013 estimates of where food deserts exist in the U.S., areas where residents live more than 1 mile from a grocery store in an urban area or more than 10 miles in rural areas. (USDA)

Comments 0 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the initial shipments of Colombian food will begin arriving next week. (Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press / September 14, 2013) Also By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul September 13, 2013, 3:27 p.m. CARACAS, Venezuela An immediate $600-million increase in farm exports from Colombia to Venezuela announced this week could help bail out two presidents who are mired in political problems tied to food and farming. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that the initial shipments of Colombian beef, powdered milk, cooking oil, margarine and eggs all scarce items in supermarkets here in recent months will begin arriving next week to help create a three-month reserve of foodstuffs. Venezuela will hold elections Dec. 8 for all mayors and city councils in which scarcities as well as recent electricity blackouts and the high crime rate are certain to be issues. The government is under pressure to improve living conditions for Venezuelans, who have been hit by a 30% annual inflation rate and food prices soaring even more. In Bogota, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also announced the deal Thursday, saying it was just the start of a program that would raise annual shipments of his nation’s farm products to Venezuela by 20%. “I have talked to President Maduro and both of us have given instructions to our respective ministers to energize our trade in an important way,” Santos said. Santos has seen his approval ratings plummet in recent months, partly because of a crippling nationwide strike by farmers that paralyzed parts of the country. Growers and the government made an agreement last weekend that ended the strike, and observers said expanded sales to Venezuela may have been a carrot. To settle the strike, Santos promised an agriculture pact between farmers and the government to ensure more stable markets.

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., a physician, introduced the Healthy Food Choices Act on Tuesday, which would severely restrict what kinds of foods food stamp recipients can purchase at the grocery store. The bill comes as the House begins to debate cutting $40 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, as part of its two-piece farm bill. Roe’s legislation would update SNAP’s health guidelines and streamline them so they are the same as the standards for the Women, Infants and Children program, another family food program intended to be supplemental. “I’ve seen how the WIC program helps empower families receiving assistance to use taxpayer dollars to purchase healthy, wholesome foods. If these guidelines are good and healthy enough for women and children, then SNAP recipients should also benefit from adhering to the same standards,” Roe said in a released statement about his bill. But food rights advocates argue the change would be drastic and significantly limit the purchasing power of those enrolled in SNAP. Individuals enrolled in the WIC program have specific rules that must be met when purchasing food. For example, soup, white potatoes, canned salsa, white rice and milk or orange juice with added calcium cannot be purchased under WIC. [ OPINION: Cutting Food Stamps Isn’t Leadership ] “The food basket for WIC is very very limited,” says Diane Schanzenbach, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Research who studies food consumption and economics. “This bill is also blocking them from buying lots of other nutritious food. It is not fair to frame this as restricting junk food alone, when is also restricts a lot of other items.” In South Carolina and Wisconsin, efforts are underway to implement similar proposals, but states that work in coordination with USDA must get the federal agency sign off on its plans. So far, Roe says USDA has opposed the state level efforts. The rising costs of health foods is also a major concern for groups watching the bill’s progress. According to the Consumer Price Index, the cost of fruits and vegetables have climbed faster than the cost of cereals, sugar and even meat, making it more difficult for those on small budgets to get enough healthy foods to live off of.

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says Comments 1 A U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization report released Wednesday said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to an annual loss of $750 billion. Above, discarded bread sits along a river in Ahmadabad, India. (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press / June 5, 2013) Also By Ricardo Lopez September 11, 2013, 8:50 a.m. The world throws away one-third of food produced yearly, making food waste the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions behind those produced by the U.S. and China, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization study found 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, contributing to economic losses that total $750 billion yearly. The focus of Wednesday’s report, however, was to examine the environmental impacts of food waste. To that end, the U.N. estimated the carbon footprint of the problem is equivalent to 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. QUIZ: How much do you know about California’s economy? The U.S.’ and China’s carbon footprints are larger; each produces the equivalent of nearly 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide for each country every year. The report’s authors tried to put the food waste into context: For instance, food that is produced but not eaten uses up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River, the longest river in Europe.