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Udderly broke. Borden Dairy Co., one of the country’s largest dairy companies, has filed for bankruptcy. Less than two months ago, Dean Foods, the country’s largest milk producer, filed for bankruptcy as well. As CNN notes, milk consumption has dropped by 6 percent nationwide, even as the cost of producing milk rises and retail prices … curdle. Perhaps it’s no surprise, given the sour circumstances, that another one has bitten the cud.
WW What? Given the escalating tension with Iran following the Trump administration’s drone strike of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani, it’s perhaps not the best time to promote a weight loss hashtag that reads #thisismyWW. In case you missed it, Weight Watchers changed its name to WW last year, and last week it ran a Twitter advertisement encouraging people to share their wellness journeys. As much of the social media universe fretted over the dawn of World War III, many pointed out the unfortunate WW coincidence. Fast Company has more.
Not so foreign. Perhaps you are familiar with the journalistic practice of italicizing foreign words and phrases, typically ones that don’t show up in a standard English dictionary. Well the Los Angeles Times, a newspaper that covers one of the most diverse regions in the country, has amended this policy for food coverage. Restaurant critic Patricia Escárcega argues that, “the words we choose to italicize—and thereby highlight as ‘foreign’—can have an ‘othering’ effect.” Henceforth, terms like shawarma, pollo asado, and birria will not get the italics treatment in L.A.’s paper of record. Gray Lady, what say you?
Throwback. There’s nothing like a cool old car. Except a cool old tractor. The Star Tribune reports that John Deere and Versatile machines from the ‘70s and ‘80s are hot items at farm auctions these days because they’re cheap, well-built, and don’t shut down when there’s a problem with the on-board computer. (Because there isn’t one.) Vintage purchases are starting to make a lot of sense to grain farmers who are struggling to get by in a sagging ag economy. Though, instead of buying antiques, maybe these guys should look into the right to repair.
School lunch reimagined. FoodCorps, a nonprofit bringing healthy foods to school children, collaborated with the fast-casual chain Sweetgreen to form an initiative called “Reimagining School Cafeterias.” In an effort to improve the school lunch experience, students are encouraged to contribute to what’s on their plates and brainstorm ideas for redesigning new cafeterias. “It’s about helping them discover what they love to eat rather than telling them what they should eat,” said Curt Ellis, co-founder and chief executive officer of FoodCorps. The organization currently works in 400 schools across 18 states. The New York Times has the story.