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Friday, June 17, 2011

Yoplait Encourages Eating Disorders, Are Today's Food Truck Fans Anti-Mexican?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.

1. Way to encourage healthy eating, Yoplait. Salon has an essay from Mary Elizabeth Williams on an effed-up Yoplait advertising campaign. In the campaign, a woman goes twitchy at the sight of a cheesecake in the refrigerator, practically pledging to flagellate herself with celery sticks in order to justify a few bites. Eating-disorder groups have shamed Yoplait into pulling the ads. (Video after the jump.)

2. Respect your elders, son. Former SFoodie editor John Birdsall, writing for Chow, takes on fans of the food truck movement for dismissing loncheras, the taco trucks who started the whole damn craze. Case in point: the competitors on the next season of The Great Food Truck Race reality show include not a single Mexican-owned truck.

3. New York City goes locavore, sort of. Last year, the culling of Canadian geese in New York -- they were disturbing airplane flights -- caused an outrage. So this year, the city is trucking the stray geese it has collected from city parks and delivering the birds to Pennsylvania, where they'll be slaughtered and donated to local food banks. But does the meat taste good? That's a matter of some debate. When in doubt, I say: goose chili.

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