Local angle: The $200 million California FreshWorks Fund, launched this year, is designed to encourage major grocers to expand into underserved communities to improve access to affordable, nutritious food. As reported on BAB, the Oakland-based People's Community Market may well benefit from this new initiative.
8. Food Celebrity Fest:Bon Appetit put Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover, which caused many in the food world to gasp in dismay at the elevation to culinary icon of the actress-singer behind Goop. Spain's Ferran Adria of el Bulli fame shut up shop, wowed a sold out crowd in San Francisco, and published The Family Meal, an homage to the meals he fed his staff at his iconic eatery, shuttered after 25 years. (Look for it to reopen in 2014 as a culinary school/foundation.) Dressed-to-impress actress Eva Longoria was in the news for her work on behalf of farmworkers while buffed, bird-loving actor Ryan Gosling stood up for chickens.
9. New Face of Obesity Epidemic: An eight-year-old child weighing over 200 pounds was taken from his family and placed into foster care because Ohio officials maintained the boy's parents were not doing enough to reduce his weight, which poses a serious health risk. The move sparked a renewed debate on whether parents should lose custody of their obese offspring.