I took to my Twitter feed this morning to round up some food stories that I didn’t get to touch on this week. Here are some stories that I’ll be looking into further this weekend, and you might want to, too.
- Colony collapse disorder in bee populations has increased this year, wiping out as much as half of commercial honeybees. The New York Times has this story as front page news in their print version, but you can read online how this problem will mean smaller harvest and higher prices on produce.
- Colors are highly symbolic, and marketers know this. On Food Politics, there’s a short but thought provoking piece about how “green labels increase perceived healthfulness, especially among consumers who place high importance on healthy eating.” When the color green is on a package, people perceive it to a be a healthy product.
- Also in The New York Times, it’s estimated that 91 percent of children’s meals in chain restaurants do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program. Does that really surprise anyone? Whose kids’ meals did meet the standards across the board? Subway.
- Inspired Bites has a helpful infographic that shows just how much sugar is in common kid foods and makes it clear that it’s easy for kids to go over their daily recommended amount of sugar with just one beverage, yogurt or candy bar.