Those year-end wrap-ups of top stories, top blogs and more are great reading, as we've shown here in the last few days. We took a moment to comb the web to see what we could learn about what others were writing about food trends and what we found was interesting for sure. Read on to see five different interesting food related stories we found.
1. Time magazine featured a look at 2015 food trends that will be important. Perhaps the most interesting to us is the rising interest in consuming fat. Yep, butter is back and so is animal-based fat as well. Whether it's the success of books like The Big Fat Surprise, which Time pointed out, or the lusciousness of bacon, consumers want more fat in their diets. We're talking natural fat here, no trans-fat.
2. Forbes points out that the Army is actually looking at the potential for using 3D printing to 'make' food for soldiers. The idea is that this approach to making food would allow the Army to custom-tailor foods for the nutritional needs of each soldier. This isn't the first idea for printing 3D food, the Forbes item notes that Barilla pasta (which has a facility in Ames, Iowa) has a contest for the design of a 3D printed pasta. It's a whole new way to think about food.
3. Is fast food healthier? Not so much. CBS News reported on work by USDA's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory that looked at the nutritional value of four popular fast food items - fries, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and regular cola. They found the average calorie count, salt content, and saturated fat content (see item 1) stayed more or less the same over a 17-year period. The good news is that trans fats are moving out of fries. They also found that while we think portion sizes are getting bigger, at least for these food items that wasn't found to be true.
4. Schools may be involved in feeding more than just kids in the future. More schools are setting up food pantries where families can turn for help. The programs for subsidized school meals for students are one way families get nutritious meals. But schools are going farther with creation of their own food pantries, some aligned with Feeding America - a network of food pantries across the U.S. National Public Radio looked at the trend toward schools creating their own food pantries. Farmers have already helped out stock food pantries in local communities with programs like Invest an Acre too. The problem of local hunger can't be overlooked in 2015.
5. In Seattle, starting Jan. 1, food waste can't go into the trash. Enforcement won't begin until July, but the idea is that food waste should be minimized and if it is generated it should go into compost, not the trash. And the city will work harder to compost. Apparently it's falling short of its goal to recycle 60% of its waste by 2015. Food waste is a big part of the trash in the city - like it is in other cities.