The Year in Food

not to mention the "best of 2013" posts

yeah, we bloggers are very unoriginal

Tis the season…for endless “Best of 2013” recaps.

Normally I’d make a snarky comment here about how tedious and predictable these things are, but I’m doing the same today so that would make me a shameful hypocrite.

Because I’m all about the food, my Best of 2013 is all about food (see how that works?!)

Here, for your delight and amusement, are some of the best, worst and frankly quite horrifying food stories that made the news cycle in 2013.

January: The president of food industry watchdog Eat, Drink, Politics exposed the close ties between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Big Food. It’s a chilling read.

February: Ram Trucks inadvertently caused a whole bruhaha when they produced this sweetly sentimental ode to farmers for their Superbowl commercial. Not all farmers were pleased.

March: Paleo-ites got together at PaleoFX which went down this month in Austin, Texas. I wanted to go and couldn’t, which led to many bitter tears. Thankfully reader Heather Hoog stepped up to the plate.

April: More good news for the Paleo/real food crowd when Loren Cordain appeared on Dr Oz, doing a bit of dietary myth-busting.

May: Amish farmer Vernon Hershberger put on trial in Wisconsin for providing raw milk to his community was acquitted by a jury in May, marking an important victory for the food rights movement.

June: My pork-loving hands managed to get ahold of an advance copy of Beyond Bacon, the new cookbook from Paleo Parents this month. If you haven’t got a copy already, I highly recommend it.

July: Personal trainer Andrew Dixon decided to stage his own set of “transformation photos” to prove, once and for all, that these unrealistic images are misleading at best, downright dishonest at worst. He did a fascinating write-up of it here.

August: This was the month I seriously considered reverting to vegetarianism after hearing that scientists had created the world’s first lab-grown hamburger. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

September: Lea-Ann Ellison sent shockwaves through the internet in September with this picture of her doing CrossFit while heavily pregnant. Unlike most people, I don’t actually have an opinion. Having never been pregnant, or done CrossFit, all I can really say is: “meh, [shrug], it’s her choice.”

October: Foodies marched against Monsanto in a huge protest that was replicated around the world and showed the Food Industrial Complex that, strangely enough, consumers are pretty concerned about what’s in their food. In case you missed the action, March Against Monsanto are doing it again in May 2014.

November: Forget about Kim Kardashian in her underwear, the real star of twitter in 2013 was an uncooked, frozen McRib Patty whose unappetizing selfie went viral….much to McDonald’s shame. Are people still eating them? Probably. But if just one person saw it and decided to forsake junk food, then it was a job well done.

December: Just in time for Christmas, the mayor of Hawaii decided to give the people of his island a gift worthy of Santa by signing Bill 113 into law. What’s Bill 113? It’s legislation banning biotech companies from operating on the island and farmers from growing any new genetically modified crops. I’m packing my suitcase as I type….

Weigh in: What’s your favourite on my list? What was the big news story of 2013 for you? Are you so tired of “best of” round-ups that you are a tiny bit disappointed in me right now? 


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