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.

Choosing sustainable seafood can get confusing despite all of the sustainable seafood guides that are out there. However, Planet Green makes it easy to avoid the most unsustainable choices by telling us which four seafood choices we should never eat and why.

More and more people are getting out their handy pocket sustainable seafood guides and that's a great thing. But there are some fish that for the most part should never be eaten no matter where you are. For one reason or another these guys have been hit hard with overfishing or the methods in which they are fished have dire consequences for the planet. So if you see these fish on a menu skip them and if you see them at the fish market pass them by. Of course this list is subject to change over time, but for the time being, there are plenty of tasty, sustainable alternatives, so opt for those instead.
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Everyone is fascinated with Julia Child all over again thanks to the movie Julie & Julia, including Bethina over at 7Gen Blog. She does a little digging and determines that Julia was a “green goddess.”

If you haven't seen the delightful confection Julie & Julia, I summon my best Julia Child imitation to say: You must simply must! The film has helped me understand that Julia Child was a culinary green goddess. (I know, I know, the French Chef did commit innumerable sins against creatures great and small, including throwing live lobsters into boiling water. That said, please hear me out.)
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September is Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month. My friends over at John and Lisa are Eating in South Jersey have some ideas about how you can help feed America’s hungry.

I know my voice in the blogosphere is a little one, but I do what I can with it. And when it comes to supporting causes that help with feeding the hungry in the area, I try to make my little voice as loud as possible.

September is Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, and they are looking for people to get involved. The slogan "Give A Little, Feed A Lot" is about giving just a small amount of your time to help in the fight against hunger. Doing what? Well, how about
communicating to your local elected official to get them to support child nutrition funding, or spread the word to people you know by word of mouth or online, or maybe even attend a local food bank event.

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Finally, here on MNN, we have a piece about farmers in developing countries that are losing their ability to handle climate change as the traditional seeds they use are being replaced by mass-produced corporate seeds.

Farmers in developing countries are losing traditional varieties because of growing corporate control of the seeds they plant, hampering their ability to cope with climate change, a London-based think tank said earlier this week.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said in a report that the diversity of traditional seed varieties is falling fast and this means valuable traits such as drought and pest resistance could be lost forever.

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Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be at GreenFest Philly with its focus on sustainable food this weekend, and I’ll tell you all about it next week.

Image: Matt Callow


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

Friday food news roundup 9/11/2009
Food news from around the web for your weekend reading.