reading this week

Some great reads from around the interwebs. Also, I often tweet links to stories that are especially important to me, since it’s faster than waiting to compile them for a post. So follow me on Twitter if you’re interested in food journalism or are a news junkie like me.

FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria (AP)
I’m not at all surprised by this. The growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria is only one of the threats posed by overuse of triclosan and antibacterial products. In 2013, we switched to Honest products at home, and their handsoap doesn’t contain triclosan. Sometimes soap and hot water is the best way to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria (without the hormone disrupting side effects. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out with the FDA.

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents with Farms (NPR)
Totally fascinating new concept called development supported agriculture – residents sharing farms and agricultural production. Would make for an interesting HOA, that’s for sure.

Soybeans: Factory Farming and the Destruction of Lands and Lives in Argentina (Eat Drink Better)
For all those who think soy is the great savior of food – a lesson about what Big Soy does to the environment and agricultural workers. 

Food Policy Stories that Mattered in 2013 (Civil Eats)
A great round-up post of the large issues in food policy that captured the nation’s attention in 2013. Includes the battle over GMOs (which is far from over), labor, bees, nutrition and even antibiotic-resistance.