Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Change is on the Horizon

Hey HGK readers? What is up?

I had a great Memorial Day weekend with one of my college besties and her two dancing daughters who came to visit us in Cleveland for the holiday weekend. They wanted to see me and my family, but were also in town for an Irish folk dancing competition. 

My friend and I haven't seen each other in over 13 years, but the love was still there in a big way. We're both really enthusiastic people and have a way of influencing each other's behavior. I cooked up some great no-oil Vegan food (the winner being Jane Esselstyn's Dr. Seuss Polenta Stacks from My Beef with Meat) hoping to impress my friend and her kids with how great this way of eating really is. My buddy is already texting me asking for the best brand of almond milk and I've practically got my eight year old daughter signed up for summer Irish folk dancing lessons (and we're not even Irish).

On another note, I imagine that few of you reading HGK know that I have a law degree. I've never practiced law and I didn't even take the bar exam (that's a story for another day), but I did attend and graduate from UCLA School of Law.

What does that have to do with food?

Not a lot, until yesterday.

I received the following e-mail from the dean of my Alma matter:
"Dear UCLA Law Alumni,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the news that UCLA School of Law has received a leadership gift of $4 million from the Resnick Family Foundation to establish the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. The gift provides for as much as another $3 million in matching endowment funds.

The new program, the first of its kind at a top tier law school, will explore ways to hasten improvements in the modern food system, focusing on reforming food law and policy for the benefit of the consumer. The press release here, which will be distributed this morning, shares more details about the gift and the impact it will have on our school. . .

. . . We are very grateful for the generosity of Stewart and Lynda Resnick. The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy is a significant investment in our school and our community. We are especially pleased that this gift will support research, education and scholarship to promote public health and advance sound food law and policy.

With best regards,
Rachel Signature 2

Rachel F. Moran

Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law"

UCLA School of Law

How cool is that? I just wanted to share the good news. It seems like every day more and more people are waking up to the fact that things have just gotta change when it comes to what we eat and how we produce it.

Many of us are aware of the work that Whole Foods Market is doing to educate the public about better food choices, but something I recently became aware of is that a local chain of grocery stores, Heinan's, is making major efforts to educate their employees and shoppers about better food choices. I was pretty shocked, because until last week I thought that only Whole Foods was willing to stick their neck out like that. I mean, telling your grocery store customers that processed food is bad for you is kinda bad for profits, don't you think? Kudos to The Heinan's Brothers for recognizing that things have to change.

Do you notice this trend too? Where have you seen examples of it?

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