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[via David Becker Big Trend: America’s Chefs “Discover” Sustainable, Local Sourcing for Food]
According to a new survey of American chefs, sustainability and local sourcing and nutrition are the hot culinary trends. They’re much later to the party than trailblazers like Alice Waters and local co-ops, but they are very welcome indeed.
More than 1,800 professional chefs ranked nearly 215 food and beverage items, preparation methods and culinary themes to reveal the hottest restaurant menu trends in 2010.
Top 10 Trends
- Locally grown produce
- Locally sourced meats and seafood
- Bite-size/mini desserts
- Locally produced wine and beer
- Nutritionally balanced children’s dishes
- Half-portions/smaller portions for a smaller price
- Farm/estate-branded ingredients
- Gluten-free/food-allergy consciousness
- Sustainable seafood
Although these chefs aren’t using the word, they are adopting the premises of grounded food.
The food that people eat is just as important as what kind of cars they drive when it comes to creating the greenhouse-gas emissions that many scientists have linked to global warming, according to a report accepted for publication in the April issue of the journal Earth Interactions.
Both the burning of fossil fuels during food production and non-carbon dioxide emissions associated with livestock and animal waste contribute to the problem, the University of Chicago’s Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin wrote in the report.
The average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of carbon dioxide-equivalent, in the form of actual carbon dioxide as well as methane and other greenhouse gases compared to a strictly vegetarian diet, according to Eshel and Martin. And with Earth Day approaching on April 22, cutting down on just a few eggs or hamburgers each week is an easy way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, they said.
“We neither make a value judgment nor do we make a categorical statement,” said Eshel, an Assistant Professor in Geophysical Sciences. “We say that however close you can be to a vegan diet and further from the mean American diet, the better you are for the planet. It doesn’t have to be all the way to the extreme end of vegan. If you simply cut down from two burgers a week to one, you’ve already made a substantial difference.”…