Briah Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, July 8, 2016.
Today's first course?
Some sheep farmers from France are furious. The sheep themselves are not apparently being protected very well, this week farmers launched a protest because bears in the area have been ruining the sheep populations. The sheep are allowed to run around the mountain pastures at their leisure. That makes the meat red, well-marbled, and famously flavorful. It also, unfortunately, means that bears can run right up and grab a few. According to The Local, one farmer said a bear scared his sheep so badly over the weekend that 125 of them ran right off the edge of the mountain and fell into a ravine. The local farmers are demanding that the government intervene for the sake of their flocks.
In 2013, Mexico placed an 8 percent tax on junk foods, and a study shows that it has had the desired effects, albeit in small amounts. On average, Mexican purchasing of junk food decreased 5.1 percent, but that is the equivalent of one snickers bar every other month — hardly a large decrease. Interestingly, the study found that the tax affected poorer people the most: low-income households bought 10.2 percent less, whereas high-income households did not change their consumption habits to any measurable degree. However, it is unclear how Mexicans are replacing those calories. Unlicensed street vendors often sell junk food without the tax, and/or add additional salt and other unhealthy ingredients to the junk food. Whether Mexicans shunned taxable goods for these street vendors or healthier options was beyond the scope of this study.
Wendy’s has brought back its #Share4Adoption campaign, which raises money and awareness to help foster children find families. The fast food chain is serving drinks in specially designed cups featuring a hand making half of a heart. For every customer who completes the heart with his or her hand and posts the photo on social media with the hashtag #Share4Adoption, a $5 donation will be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, up to a total of $500,000. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, a child of adoption himself, created the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992.
That's today's daily dish, thank's for watching. Stop by Monday for another helping.