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Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris
Fourth graders Max and Mason at lunch. Photo: Sarah Harris

What's for school lunch next year? Congress hasn't decided

School may be out for summer, but school lunch is definitely on the table in Congress.

A new healthy food law went into effect in 2012. It was a flashpoint in the last congressional race in the North Country...and it's back.

It's called the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The goal is to get kids to eat healthier lunches, with more fruits and vegetables, less salt and sugar.
Schools have complained about the new rules, and House Republicans want to give schools a break.

First Lady Michelle Obama is a longtime champion of the law -- and she's lobbying Congress to keep it in place.

But far from Washington, school lunch directors have spent the last two years trying to figure out how to meet the law's requirements and serve kids healthy food that they'll actually eat.  Go to full article
“We are depending on tips, which are really variable. We don’t know how much we are going to end up making.”

NYS tipped workers seek pay increase

Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein

Schumer lends help in Tri-Town - USDA dispute

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help a St. Lawrence County slaughterhouse with a dispute with its meat inspectors.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lines up legal team for GMO labeling fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is lining up its legal team for the expected legal battle over the state's effort to require the labeling of food made with...  Go to full article
Stop by the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam on Sunday, July 13th (noon - 3 pm) to sample and vote for a favorite entry in the Summer Baking Fest.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Ready, set, bake! Potsdam Food Co-op's summer Baking Fest

As part of the annual Potsdam Summer Festival, the Potsdam Food Co-op is holding a summer baking contest to benefit GardenShare. The Baking Fest will be held on Sunday,...  Go to full article
In the baking aisle of the Potsdam Food Co-op.  Lots of choices -- grains, seeds, lentils, beans, flours. Photo: Todd Moe

A new twist on an old grain at the Potsdam Food Co-op

There are a lot of grains, beans and seeds out there that we're told are nutritious, but what's the best way to prepare them? The Potsdam Food Co-op has kicked off its...  Go to full article
Join Hallie Bond for a book signing event at the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid this Saturday, 3-5 pm.

New cookbook celebrates Adirondack history and cuisine

An Adirondack historian and top chef have teamed up to create a cookbook that offers new takes on traditional food. "Adirondack Cookbook" is part history lesson, part...  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York food, drinks to highlight Saratoga meet

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) This year's racing in Saratoga Springs will again highlight food and beverages from around New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced...  Go to full article
Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin

What farmers and landowners can to to sustain bees

For years we've been hearing different reporting on a basic theme: A third of our food supply depends on bees and pollinating insects are in a serious state of decline. Most...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://wilpf.org/files/image_3.jpg">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo says GMO food labeling not part of session talks in Albany

Governor Cuomo says there are no concrete talks underway in Albany that might lead to new regulations requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

Some...  Go to full article

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