#66 — Future Of Street Food, Upcycling Woes, Tandoori Momos and More


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To our regular readers, this issue is a little late, sorry! We’re just riding the high of some really interesting events and conversations we have had over the past two months. You can get the lowdown here: Cacao on World Chocolate DaySoppu StoriesUN Food System Summit Dialogue on Seaweed.

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Anusha & Elizabeth

Upcycling Won’t Save of Us From Our Habits of Consumption: Lithub

Upcycling in the food industry — the art of capturing still-nutritious waste from one process to create entirely new edible products — allows us to feel virtuous. But is that sustainable?

Cycle of Consumption

Illustration by Samia Singh for Vittles

All Too Much: The Absurdity
of the Tandoori Momo: Vittles

Sharanya Deepak talks about the politics, origin and the domesticity of the Tandoori Momo.

Fomo No mo

The Lexicon Launches an International Storytelling Initiative
to Share the Story of Biodiversity Around the Globe. The Reawakened Foods Initiative is a unique cross-sector partnership that invites
storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, designers, and journalists from across the globe — from Asia to Africa and across South America — to join this movement through a global impact storytelling initiative. 25 Storytellers will be advanced to the Lexicon Total Storytelling Masterclass and learn how to produce location-based stories of agrobiodiversity for the campaign.

Visit the website.

Myths About Rural India
Watch on Bangalore International Centre’s YouTube Channel

Let them eat.. Lavender?

Read: A poem by Vani Ghai

The State of Food Security and Nutrition

In recent years, several major drivers have put the world off track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures have only made this worse. This report by FAO presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 and offers some indication of what hunger might look like by 2030. Download Report

Sugar, Spice, Something Nice ✨

Whetstone and Diaspora have collaborated to write some great stories on spices and ingredients. Catch the latest series on their website.

India’s Food Policy🌿

👩‍🌾Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted a global nutrition expert of Indian descent wins World Food Prize 2021

🛢Why is India losing sleep over record-high vegetable oil prices?
Economic Times

⬛️Why should India revisit its food Iodine programme after pandemic?

💰Secondary Agriculture — Empowering tribals of Central India
Leisa India

⛽️New ethanol targets reshape India’s food policy
Hindustan Times

👁An eye on nutrition
Business Line

🍽NRAI moves CCI highlighting competition issues with Zomato and Swiggy
Money Control

The Future Of..

The Future of Street Food | The Future of Dairy


The Good Food Institute is looking for a Policy Fellow — Regulatory to help advance Indian’s protein sector. Check out deets here.

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Food & Culture

Litchi processing — A promising value addition.
Leisa India

How a Bangladeshi biscuit brand became a cult hit in India

Food Files: From Portuguese introduction to British cultivation, story of tomatoes in Indian cuisine is a complex one.

Panta Bhaat on Masterchef and the rejection of culinary hierarchy
Indian Express

Judicious and commercial use of Mahua flowers and fruits can be a profitable enterprise for the villagers by value addition. Besides several products, the villagers learnt that Mahua flowers could be a source of producing sanitiser, making them self reliant in the times of pandemic.
Leisa India

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