It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

File this one under “Oh, so that’s how Jesus did it” heading. Seems there’s a company out there that turns water into wine using a powdered mix, and the folks in Italy’s Tuscan region are a little put out about it. According to Spiegel Online International, Italian winemakers are getting vocal.

Furious Italian winemakers claim that a German manufacturer of powdered red wine is copying their hallowed Chianti -- a charge the company vehemently denies. The product, intended for thirsty hikers rather than connoisseurs, is selling so well that the firm plans to introduce powdered beer.
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According to Pacific Business News, Whole Foods is upping its standards for testing of its own products.

Whole Foods Market Inc. says it will submit its private label products to testing for genetically engineered organisms--a move that will add a new level of certification to what's on the organic and natural grocer's shelves.

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFMI), which opened its first store in Hawaii at the Kahala Mall over year ago, will work with the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit collaborative of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers and others. The product verification program is the reportedly the nation's first system designed to scientifically test whether a product has met a set of defined standards for the presence of genetically engineered or modified organisms.

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San Francisco is once again taking the lead in an eco-movement, and this time it’s a movement to that involves getting healthy food to its citizens while supporting local farmers. GreenBiz reports that the mayor had issued some eco-minded executive orders.

San Francisco has adopted what may be the country's first county food policy that aims to improve access to healthy food while supporting local agriculture and reducing shipping-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive directive Wednesday ordering all departments to survey the land under their control in order to create an inventory of land that can support community gardens. All city-purchased food for city meetings, schools, jails or homeless shelters must be grown locally with sustainable farming practices. Food vendors with city permits must also meet these requirements.

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And finally, my vegan friend Becky Striepe reviews Ice Supreme, a vegan ice cream alternative, over on Eat.Drink.Better. I’m pointing you to her review because honestly, I’ll probably never chose to review a product like that. I know some of you might be interested in it, though.

This week, I tried out Ice Supreme. This is not just a dairy free ice cream treat; it’s almost completely raw and contains no soy at all. That’s handy, since it’s really easy when you’re cutting out dairy to go a little heavy on the soy. Moderation is key, right? What better place to start than with ice cream!
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Enjoy your weekend!

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