Food and Drink Examiner Eric Burkett sends this astonishing report from the school lunch front. The school system in Portland, Oregon asked Oregon State University to conduct a taste test to find out whether kids preferred local grass-fed beef to grain-fed beef of unknown origin. Results? The kids could tell the difference but were evenly split on preference.
BUT–the cost difference! Grain-fed beef = $17.11 per case (140 patties per case). Grass-fed beef = $44.85 a case (75 patties per case). If the weights were the same, this means the grain-fed = 12.2 cents per patty vs. 59.8 cents each for the grass fed. Is this really true?
If so, I can’t think of a better reason for some new farm policies.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”