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Food in the News

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Here at Bay Area Bites, we believe in food, everyday. Eating food, thinking about food, writing about food, reading about food. Food is a daily thing, except perhaps for the occasional fast. Personally I've never understood why newspapers don't feel the same way. I mean, there's a daily sports section, a daily weather section, etc. I don't think I'm alone in believing that food is a more compelling read than either of those subjects!

The funny thing is that although there may not be a daily food section in the paper, food is in the news just about every day. Last week, for example, there was a story about two German men who broke into a supermarket and only stole cake. It sounds like a Saturday Night Live episode, but it really happened. Personally I know how those robbers felt. There are times I would love to break into the Original Swenson's just up the block from my apartment.

What other food stories are there in a typical day? In addition to the German cake robbers there was also a story about an American company buying a Tequila company in Mexico. Another story featured food prices being cut in a university canteen in China. From Australia came a story about an Iraqi food-for-oil scandal. Meanwhile stateside the city of Tucson was reportedly cracking down on illegitimate food vendors.

If I was a newspaper editor, food would definitely get more coverage. Instead of food stories getting tucked away in the business section, the health section and the real estate section, the food section would run eveyday. Though it is possible that people might complain, what with the sports section almost completely preoccupied with concession offerings and beer reportage. Hot dog, anyone?


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