The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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In most major newspapers, Wednesday’s edition includes a food section and recipes and coupons and how-to’s on cooking etc.This was a really bizarre day in “Food News” at the Albuquerque Journal.  I mean really . . .it was the good, the bad and the ugly.

I was glancing over the newspaper and the first piece of “food news” was really great:

“Elementary School Goes All-Vegetarian”

“NEW YORK – A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

“Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfaregroup People for the Ethcal Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation.”

That’s pretty cool! It said later in the article that the kids gravitated toward veggie offerings. Three cheers for PS 244!

Encouraged to keep reading, I saw another article called, “Acclaimed chef and dad Bill Telepan takes on lunch in New York City public schools” about a non-profit group started by Moms called, “Wellness in the Schools,” dedicated to bringing better food and fitness to public schools in NYC. A Manhattan chef was working with 47 of the schools to incorporate more organic and made-from-scratch menus.

Not vegetarian or vegan, but still that’s pretty good news. “Two stories about school lunches in one day!” I thought.

That was the good. But there was even more food news in today’s paper. There was the bad:

“USDA ready to OK horse slaughtering in Roswell” (that’s in New Mexico.) Subtitle: “Unless Congress intervenes, Valley Meat will get to open.” Remind me PLEASE if I ever decide to eat meat again not to buy anything from them!

And in the very same day’s paper, it went from bad to worse:

“Murder charge in juice poisoning.” Perhaps you heard about this one. A lady in San Jose, California who allegedly poisoned two bottles of orange juice and placed them at a Starbucks has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Poisoning by rubbing alcohol. Sheesh!

And then there was the very ugly which you probably don’t want to hear about—but . . . food related once again—“Meat-plant worker killed in blender.”

I am reminded why I like packing my own lunch so much!

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