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Dear Amy: I currently am wrestling with several serious food allergies. Lab bloodwork has just revealed an autoimmune disorder. I am scheduled to see a rheumatologist in two months.

Amy Dickinson 

My body is thrown into a vicious cycle for weeks after consuming foods that trigger allergies.

So, what should I do when I get together with friends or family for dinners and they try to make special food for me? I don’t want to risk even trying this food because of past experiences with bad reactions.

Recently, a host assured me that all of the ingredients were safe for

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PLANT CITY, Fla. – A Plant City family is teaching their community about the importance of food security with Aquaponic systems. 


What You Need To Know

  • Plant City family teaching community about food security
  • Gonyon family grows food organically on their farm
  • They are helping other learn about aquaponic systems

“I’ve traveled to 72 different countries doing missionary work,” Pastor Eric Gonyon said. “When I was in Haiti, I saw 4,000 orphans being fed on one of these aquaponic systems.” 

So, Pastor Gonyon brought what he learned in Haiti back to Florida and now builds these food resources for his

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The United States has fallen from third to 11th place in the latest edition of an index that measures food security.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index (GFSI) examines the drivers and causes of food security in developed and developing countries. It looks at 113 nations, based on food affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience.

The main challenges to food security are the COVID-19 pandemic, rising inequality and climate change risks.

The report is based on research by The Economist Intelligence Unit between April and September 2020.

Top in quality and safety
North America

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New Vietnamese and Mexican food vendors opened their counters at Auction House Market today, and several upcoming food events have been announced.

Em Trai Sandwich Co. and La Mezcla opened today at Auction House Market in the Warehouse District. Restaurateur Tung Nguyen ran his T2 Street Food stand at St. Roch Market before he moved across St. Claude Avenue to open Em Trai Sandwich Co. in fall 2019. His menu includes traditional and creative Vietnamese dishes, from pho to banh mi. The new location at Auction House has a menu with pho, bao, banh mi, spring rolls, rice noodle salads,

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This Week’s O.C. Food News

From Duck Donuts’ new location at SteelCraft Garden Grove to brunch at Fable & Spirit, here is an update to the latest in O.C.’s culinary scene.

This Week’s O.C. Food News
Duck Donuts photograph by Michelle Pagaran

Duck Donuts Opens at SteelCraft Garden Grove
The outdoor food hall recently welcomed Duck Donuts to its lineup. Co-owned by Huntington Beach resident Gary Kopel, the new location features an exhibition kitchen where you can watch the donuts being made to order. The robust menu also includes milkshakes, donut sundaes, donut breakfast sandwiches, and vegan options. Signature flavors include blueberry and maple bacon,

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When a New Jersey student said she hadn’t had enough to eat, she highlighted a problem at home, and one that affects some 18 million children nationwide.

A New Jersey third-grader burst into tears in the middle of her virtual class, confessing to teachers and fellow students that she was starving.  

“This 9-year-old just couldn’t take it anymore,” said former New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who manages the Fulfill Food Bank

That heartbreaking moment led an entire community to help, including Guadagno.

“This family has been offered not only immediate food, but groceries for six months,” Guadagno said. 

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