Chew Bites: Course 18

We’re back in action with another round of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the worlds of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what’s catching our eye…

So what exactly is the benefit of urban agriculture? on KUNC: There’s no doubt urban agriculture is trendy these days, but a new study shows its benefits are more socioeconomic than food-related.

Why the Laws Policing Menu Fraud Don’t Really Work on Eater: Interesting article about who enforces the truth in menu laws and why it doesn’t quite work.

How community gardens are fighting for food justice in the Rockaways on Civil Eats: NYC community gardens are showing kids that healthy food is a right, not just a privilege.

Could Labels Indicate That GMOs Are a Good Thing? on Slate: Soylent is taking the unique approach of advertising its GMOs proudly. Thoughts?

When Food Firms Cut The Salt, What Do They Put In Instead? on NPR: As food manufacturers come under fire for high sodium content, they need something to replace the salt for flavor and function. How does potassium chloride hold up?

The Epic Fight Over How To Label “Natural” Foods on Fast Company: The FDA is changing its definition of “healthy” and trying to figure out a definition for “natural foods.” It’s even more complicated than it sounds the further you dig in.

Europe Does Something Amazing With Food That Has Nothing To Do With Eating on The Huffington Post: There’s a wave of new European laws that make it easier for farms and supermarkets to donate unsold food; encourage citizens to take leftovers home; and reward businesses that reduce waste.

Do You Want to Eat with Strangers? This Company Depends on It on Forbes: Meet Feastly – the online marketplace that allows chefs to offer dinners, pop-ups, supper clubs and more.

The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food on The Atlantic: Why is “marginal cooking” such an important part of food culture?

And now you’re caught up. Let us know what we’re missing through Twitter or the comments!