Food News, Week of June 5: Norway's Zero Deforestation, Is Kale Over?, and the $16 Cup of Coffee

June 10, 2016
Norway commits to zero deforestation


Norway becomes the first country to commit to zero deforestation, making good on their 2014 promise to sustainably source commodities like soy, beef, timber, and palm oil.

Maybe we should all just relax with our kale obsession. Mimi Sheraton made kale trendy, but she wants you to know that she regrets it. She explains: “It’s not the kale that’s at fault, it’s the cooks who now serve it raw, grilled, roasted, toasted, dried, so that it has the texture of broken ceramic chips.”

Great news! With a bipartisan majority, Congress passed a law that radically improved the EPA’s power to enforce the Toxic Substances Control Act. The big changes are: deadly chemicals can now be banned, new chemicals will be screened before allowed on the market, and companies can no longer label health threats as “confidential business information.”

Would you pay $16 for a cup of coffee? Blue Bottle’s Port-of Mokha coffee might be worth it.

The Center for Food Safety issued this statement on the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger, predicting “the result would be an unprecedented oligopoly of just four mega-corporations that control an astounding 73% of the world’s combined market in seeds and pesticides: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, Syngenta-ChemChina, and BASF.”