Friday, July 2, 2010

Thursday's Thinking of Food (a day late)

Sorry this is late, but here is some food news, a freebie, and an upcoming foodie event in Columbia:

*The FDA has drafted guidance on "The Judicious Use of Medically Important Anti-Microbial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals."  Woohoo--finally, a step in the right direction to ending, or at least controlling, the antibiotics used in factory farms.  Questions remain about the next steps, but you can help by not waiting for the FDA to take action, but by asking your legislator to pass the Prevention of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, which would withdraw the routine use of 7 classes of antibiotics vitally important to human health from food animal production.  I read about this here.

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*Earth Fare is giving away FREE watermelons this 4th of July weekend!  Click here for a printable coupon.
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*Palmetto Palate is July 22nd, 6-9 PM, at 701 Whaley Street.  This event is sponsored by the SC Farm Bureau, and will include great local food prepared by local chefs, an open bar, and a silent auction to benefit Friends of Farm Bureau PAC.  For tickets, ($50 each), call my friend Kristin Lavender at 803.936.4219.

I hope everyone has an amazing 4th of July weekend--what are your plans?
I am leaving this evening for Boca Grande, FL, and will return hopefully well-rested,  tanned, and ready to host my 3-year old nephew's birthday party in my back yard next weekend!