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.


Target, after consulting with Monterey Bay Aquarium, is eliminating all farmed salmon from its stores. A press release was released Wednesday and within hours, the web was swarming with the information. Here’s a little from Target’s press release.

Target® today announces that it has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen, and smoked seafood offerings in Target stores nationwide. This announcement includes Target owned brands – Archer Farms® and Market Pantry® – and national brands.  All salmon sold under Target owned brands will now be wild-caught Alaskan salmon.  Additionally, sushi featuring farm-raised salmon will complete its transition to wild-caught salmon by the end of 2010.  In consultation with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Target is taking this important step to ensure that its salmon offerings are sourced in a sustainable way that helps to preserve abundance, species health and doesn’t harm local habitats. 
Click here for the full press release.



In an effort to reduce wine’s carbon footprint yet keep it bottled in glass, Decanter reports that Tesco supermarkets in the UK will be introducing the world’s lightest glass wine bottle this week.

Tesco is using the 300g screwcap bottle, produced by Manchester-based independent wine supplier Kingsland Wines and Spirits, for its own label Australian non-vintage red.

At 300g, the lightweight bottle uses nearly 30% less glass than the average wine bottle, creating less carbon emissions.
Click here for the full story.



Who knew the United States had a truffle festival? This weekend in Eugene Oregon, the delicious, elusive fungus will be celebrated.

The Oregon Truffle Festival, held in and around Eugene Oregon over three brisk winter days from January 29-31, 2010, celebrates the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil. It is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table.
Click here for more information.



We’ve got a piece here on MNN about an Oregon brewery (it must be Oregon day here on the weekend read) that’s doing some impressive things in the name of sustainability.

Most employers could care less about how much carbon emissions their employees spew by getting to work, as long as they get there on time.


But not Alex Amarotico.


As the co-owner of the Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland, Ore., Amarotico is constantly looking for ways to make his business more sustainable, so when his environmental sustainability coordinator found that the business could get a tax credit for buying its employees new bikes as long as they biked to work for 45 days in the next year, he jumped on the opportunity.

Click here for the full story.


Enjoy your weekend!


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

Weekend reads 1/27/2010
Target, after consulting with Monterey Bay Aquarium, is eliminating all farmed salmon from its stores.