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.

taste climate change.


In England, the use of polytunnels, also known as hoop houses, to extend the growing season of some produce is being debated. Some see them as a way to continue to buy local longer. Others see them as eyesores.

It began as little more than a spat between a group of nimbys and a fruit grower in a beautiful corner of the countryside immortalised by Wordsworth. But a dispute snaking its way through the judicial system has been transformed into a battle for the British strawberry.


The epic confrontation – over the humble polytunnel – is pitching conservationists against farmers, nature against agriculture, man against the seasons, in a classic stand-off that could come straight from a script of The Archers.

Click here to read the full story in The Guardian.



Sugary cereal television ads aimed at children are down. Fast food ads are up. So says a new report published by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. It seems wherever ads are down in on area, they went up in a corresponding different area. Soda ads are down overall, but ads for diet sodas (aimed at children!) have increased.

TV isn't the same as it used to be, especially when it comes to children's shows.


Though friendly faces such as Mr. Rogers and Barney the dinosaur used to be popular among kids, hyper-active animated samurais and brightly colored creatures from the Gabba gang now rule the small screen.


The same can be said about television food advertisements. Something has definitely changed.


Using television rating data from Nielsen Media Research for 2003, 2005 and 2007, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago analyzed trends in exposure to food advertising by age and race for children and adolescents, and came up with some interesting findings.

Click here for the full piece on The LA Times.



If you’re in North Carolina, plan ahead and mark August 28th on your calendar for the Great North Carolina Beer Festival in Clemmons. More than 100 North Carolina local, craft beers will be featured along with food and entertainment.



Here on MNN, we’ve got a piece on how Food dyes pose rainbow of risk. Cancer, allergies and asthma are just a few of the problems that can arise from these unnecessary ingredients in foods.


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

Weekend reads: Polytunnels under attack, kids exposed to more diet soda ads, and more
In England, the use of polytunnels, also known as hoop houses, to extend the growing season of some produce is being debated.