12.4.2018

The Hill Op-Ed: The Food Science Deficit – Romaine Lettuce is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Tom Grumbly
Published on The Hill on 12/4/18

The Caesar salad has its roots in the Prohibition of the 1920s. Restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who emigrated to the U.S. from Italy, opened an eatery in Tijuana to cater to Hollywood stars and moguls at the time seeking an escape from the restrictions on alcohol. A spontaneous, late-night creation — according to legend — the salad soon crossed the border and became a staple of steakhouses and posh restaurants in Los Angeles and New York City.

Ever since then, the romaine variety has had a special place in the hierarchy of lettuce. But now, after a blanket recall days before Thanksgiving, the nation’s most food-oriented holiday, it’s probably the most notorious….Read more

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SoAR Foundation Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee for Advancing a $25 Million Budget Increase for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Today, the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation commended the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations for approving a $25 million increase for the USDA’s AFRI program for fiscal year 2017. If this funding level makes it to the finish line, AFRI will have received a 15 percent increase over the past two fiscal years.

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