The Latest: July 19, 2017

Shortages Edition: Real oregano, Texas shrimpers, and food for 20 million
Save the Children

Malnourished twins, Borno, Nigeria, November 2016

20 million are starving. Why is it so hard to pay attention?

The Global Emergency Response Coalition is trying to draw the American public’s attention to an “unprecedented” hunger crisis. It’s an uphill battle.

By Kate Cox | Read more

A visa shortage is battering Texas’s shrimp industry

In Brownsville, Texas, many vessels remain tied to their docks during the height of this year’s shrimping season.

By Joe Fassler | Read more

Teamsters 812

Long Island gets its Bud back. Back in May, we covered a worker strike against major Long Island beer distributor Clare Rose. At the time, more than 100 of the company’s 320 employees, most of whom were union members, had walked off the job in protest of a change in pay structure and their employer’s plan to stop contributing to their pension.

Several local businesses stopped buying beer from Clare Rose in solidarity. And since Clare Rose is the sole distributor for AB-InBev on Long Island (it also distributes Heineken products and some independent brands), many Long Islanders—and visitors to the Belmont Stakes, which also joined the boycott—spent the first half of the summer without any Budweiser.

Over the weekend, the strike ended. The strikers will keep their pensions. Read more.
—Claire Brown

Move over, quinoa. Your barley may get “naked” soon—which means it’ll get better for you. Researchers are trying to grow varieties that don’t have to be stripped of their nutrients during the pearling process. The breeds are named “Streaker” and “Buck.” Read more.
—Claire Brown

Just the one-liners

There’s gotta be some sort of cosmic connection between hot vegan chefs and money-related lawsuits. The latest chapter takes place in South Florida. The Miami Herald has the story.

Baby eels sell for $1,000 per pound. And Maine’s setting up a lottery system to let more people fish for them. Read more at the Associated Press.

We’re keeping an eye on: The anti-trust alarm bells sounding over the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, Blue Apron’s falling stock prices (ICYMI, Amazon filed for a meal-kit trademark), and the apparent shit storm over at Hampton Creek.

Oh, and did we mention Juicero laid off a quarter of its employees? Might’ve had something to do with the highly publicized discovery a few months back that the company’s $400 machine could easily be replaced by a little old-fashioned elbow grease.

Grilled summer squashKate Cox

Making lunch with Alice Waters

School lunch, that is.

By Kate Cox | Read more

Your oregano is probably fake—but new tech could spell the end of food fraud

Food scientists are getting better at detecting whatever doesn’t belong.

By Jesse Hirsch | Read more

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