(Colby Ware/special to The Baltimore Sun / July 29, 2012) Also By Hugo Martin September 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport . No, airport security wont allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport, said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that has allowed food trucks to park at its cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members. The food truck program, called Truckn Tuesdays, was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely. Passengers, employees and those waiting in the area are enjoying it, said airport spokeswoman Kerry Gerot. ALSO:
How the GOP food-stamp bill adds to state bureacracy
Those who sent us letters to the editor this week were almost unanimous in their opposition to the Republican-controlled House’s vote to pass a spending cut that would remove nearly 4 million Americans from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which provides aid to families and individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have significant trouble paying for food. Many said this action amounted to an attack on those who could least afford it; others called it immoral and unprecedented. Here is a selection of those letters. — Paul Thornton, letters editor Altadena resident J.H. Benson questions the GOP ‘s morality: “House Republicans are badly in need of a moral compass. Their hypocrisy is only surpassed by their cruelty. “The GOP says that the 4 million Americans who will be kicked off SNAP are capable of helping themselves. I hope that our very capable farmers aren’t being subsidized while this assistance to the poor is deemed too expensive.” Long Beach resident Matthew Black points out more pressing spending concerns: “The GOP has truly hit a new low. After increasing annual defense spending by more than $300 billion since 2001, spending $2 trillion on unnecessary wars and passing $1.7 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2003 that primarily went to the wealthiest Americans, Republicans need to save $40 billion on food stamps. “Way to go. Why do I feel I’m reading a Charles Dickens novel?
Agricultures share of total Indian exports increased to 13.8 percent in 2012-13 from 10.2 percent in 2008-09, Pawar said. India will continue to export the commodities which are in surplus, and it may even export more than the previous year, Faiyaz Hudani, an associate vice president at Kotak Commodity Services Ltd. in Mumbai, said by phone. It is not only Indian production which will determine exports, it is also the international market that determines how much quantity can be shipped. More Rain Monsoon rainfall in the three months through August was the highest since 1994, data from the India Meteorological Department showed. Rains since June 1 exceeded the average by 5 percent as of yesterday, according to the weather bureau. Production of monsoon-sown food grains, which also include corn, barley and lentils, is estimated to rise to 129.3 million tons in the year begun July 1, compared with 128.2 million tons in the prior period, Pawar said as he released the first official estimates of 2013-14 crop output. The government updates the estimates every three months. Production of monsoon-sown rice in India may be 92.3 million tons for 2013-14, Pawar said. Though rice output is seen trailing last year, it will improve in subsequent estimates, according to the minister. A dry September would help the rice crop mature well in India s north, Pawar said. The nation may harvest record quantities of cotton, soybeans and corn, he said. Production of monsoon-sown oilseeds may increase to 23.96 million tons from 20.86 million tons a year ago, while soybean output is likely to be 15.68 million tons from 14.67 million tons. The corn harvest is poised to climb to 17.78 million tons, compared with 16.04 million tons a year earlier, while cotton output may come to 35.3 million bales of 170 kilograms (374 pounds) each.
India’s Food-Grain Harvest Seen Rising to Record on Monsoon Rain
This limitation in categorical eligibility would increase state administrative costs in SNAP and significantly curtail state flexibility, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures wrote in a May letter responding to a similar provision. Earlier this month, the American Public Human Services Association, a group whose membership includes SNAP administrators, echoed the sentiment. States have become more efficient in determining eligibility under the current SNAP rules, APHSA wrote in a letter to House and Senate leadership. APHSA strongly supports SNAPs current administrative options, which have allowed states to reduce administrative costs and errors; eliminate duplicative steps in the eligibility process; and make more effective use of scarce caseworker and information system resources, APHSA Executive Director Trace Wareing wrote. These options include the current one for categorical eligibility and those for SNAPs other administrative options. And, in 2007, the Government Accountability Office found that eliminating categorical eligibility altogether could decrease participation by as much as 25 percent in North Carolina or Arizona, or as little as 0.1 percent in Kansas or 0.2 percent in South Carolina. State officials also told GAO that eliminating categorical eligibility would increase costs, workload and error rates. Conservatives argue that restricting the practice prevents those who dont qualify for food aid from receiving it. And it is true that some are determined eligible when they are not. In many states, the practice eliminates the asset test (SNAP recipients must have less than $2,000 in liquid assets). And CRS found that some households were found to be eligible even though they earned more than the rules allow. In fiscal year 2011, for example, a monthly average of 3.5 percent of households without an elderly or disabled member received SNAP benefits and had incomes above the cutoff of 130 percent of the poverty line, according to CRS.
Ongoing Dog Food Recalls and Pet Deaths Prompt Expansion of Freshly Prepared Dog Food Concept
24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –The FDA is recalling commercial dog foods at an alarming rate, with brands announced almost every week. One company, JustFoodForDogs ( www.JustFoodForDogs.com ), has responded to this crisis by preparing fresh, healthy, whole food recipes with 100% USDA certified ingredients containing no preservatives. (Photo: ) JustFoodForDogs ( www.justfoodfordogs.com ), “The World’s First Dog Kitchen”, is serving freshly cooked, nutritionally balanced, whole food daily meals for healthy dogs and custom diets for sick dogs using USDA certified ingredients fit for human consumption in Southern California and is expanding into dog loving West Hollywood this Fall. In the center of LA, the flagship store will serve all of LA’s most beloved dogs from its brand new, custom built kitchen. JustFoodForDogs will offer an affordable, premium option for Los Angeles pet parents seeking an alternative to the poorly regulated, consistently recalled, and increasingly unpopular commercial dog food traditionally sold in cans or bags. Since the highly publicized pet food recalls of 2007, the public is becoming more knowledgeable about commercial dog food and is demanding higher quality. JustFoodForDogs opened their first kitchen in Newport Beach, California in 2011, and business is growing steadily as Orange County pet parents and veterinarians flock to buy their nutritionally balanced, tested, vet approved, and freshly prepared meals. These include five daily dog food recipes,various veterinary directed diets including a gastrointestinal remedy formula, and custom formulations that have successfully addressed special health issues including liver disease, kidney disease, diabetic dogs, dogs on chemotherapy, overweight dogs, and many more. The kitchen also offers various treats andsupplements and through the online store, products can also be shipped anywhere, worldwide including their DoItYourself kits for preparing their recipes at home. Growth has been fueled by filling a need in the market for transparent, high quality practices, and a loyal following of pet parents, veterinary specialists and educators including board-certified oncologists, dermatologists and internal medicine vets. In a time where the trend toward freshly prepared dog food has sprouted some inexperienced people to make and sell their own food, Dr. Oscar E Chavez DVM, professor in canine clinical nutrition, member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, and full time staff veterinarian at JustFoodForDogs, is confident that the company is doing everything right. “It all starts with nutrition. All of our food is made from ingredients certified for human consumption by the USDA and then nutritionally balanced for dogs according to the most recent National Research Council standards,” he says, “Our daily diets have undergone and passed ground-breaking, humane AAFCO feeding trials developed at Cal Poly Pomona using student and faculty owned pets. Our veterinary and custom diets have been developed alongside, and have the backing of many top board certified specialists.”One West Hollywood resident, veterinarian, and loyal customer is Dr. John Tegzes , VMD, Diplomat American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, and professor of toxicology at Western University of Health Science. He says, “There have been outbreaks of disease in dogs associated with additives found in commercial dog food. Dog food additives include things like preservatives and supplements intended to boost nutritional value but sometimes instead causing toxicities.” This is why he feeds his two beagles Daisy and Duke only JustFoodForDogs. The West Hollywood location will be the company’s largest kitchen and storefront with dedicated parking and local delivery. It will be followed shortly thereafter by another location in Santa Monica, CA.