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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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a wheel of brie eating walnuts as if it's pac-man

Photo: OlegRi (Shutterstock)

We are, as a society, obsessed with questions about whether an individual food is “good” or “bad” for us. But with the exception of things like poisonous mushrooms (which I would not classify as “food”), no food is bad for you.

The most recent time I saw a headline promising a verdict on a particular food, it was about cheese, but you know the type. Coffee is or isn’t bad for you; dairy is or isn’t bad for you; eggs, butter, soy, fruit juice, whatever. By the time you’re asking whether

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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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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -Chris Ware wanted to bring awareness and support black business owners so he created the black restaurant and food truck week here in Topeka.

Ware reached out to several black-owned restaurants and food trucks–for one main reason.

“I just feel like we need to do this because for black history month and put a little unity around Topeka and the community and I don’t want people to think it is just for the African American people but it is to celebrate unity and community in top city,” said event organizer, Chris Ware.

The event had eight vendors

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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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