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.

Reuters tells us about the perfect economic storm that has fueled the boutique beer movement.

Boutique beers are the new cocktail as more money-conscious Americans choose cheaper high quality draft beers made by small local breweries over wine and spirits amid the country's recession, experts say.
Click here to read the full story.


Can the FDA learn from Europe that labeling foods made with GMO ingredients won’t cause a panic here in the United States? Marian Nestle in her The Atlantic column wants to know.

You will recall that the FDA's 1994 stance on labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods was that labeling foods as GM or non-GM would be misleading because the foods are no different. Despite overwhelming evidence that the public wants to know whether foods are GM or not, GM foods do not have to be labeled. Worse, those that are labeled non-GM have to include a disclaimer that this makes no difference (I explain how all this happened in Safe Food).
Click here to read the full story.


I wasn’t able to bring you a seasonal recipe this week (I’ll shoot for two next week to make up for that), but here’s a recipe from The New York Times you might want to give a shot: Baked Orzo With Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers and Zucchini.

Orzo is a type of pasta that looks like rice. It’s popular in Greece, where it is baked in casseroles like this one. If you like comforting dishes like macaroni and cheese, you’ll like this.
Click here for the full recipe.


If you live anywhere around Humboldt County, CA, mark August 30th on your calendar for their Organic Planet Festival.

The Organic Planet Festival, now in its fifth year, is Humboldt County's largest 'green' event offering a fun-filled and informative extravaganza featuring top-flight music, organic food and beverages, inspiring talks and workshops, the World's Largest Organic Salad, a non-toxic kids' village with petting zoo, a food drive, and over 50 natural product exhibitors.

Click here for more information on the festival.

Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Friday food news roundup 8/19/2009
Food news from around the web for your weekend reading.