Today's crop of news stories from the nation's food sections:

'Locally Grown' Food Sounds Great, But What Does It Mean? by Julie Schmit (USA Today):

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Election Night Diets, Calorie Diets, and Other Food News

Today's crop of news stories from the nation's food sections:

'Locally Grown' Food Sounds Great, But What Does It Mean? by Julie Schmit (USA Today): The locavore movement has blown up faster than the Atkins diet did a decade ago, in large thanks to Michael Pollan. Although a USA Today survey shows that 53 percent of customers are now pro-local foods, none of us are sure what that term means.

Win or Lose, We'll Feel Better When We Eat by Jane Black (Washington Post): The author thinks Election Night is the new Superbowl. I've received enough PR-generated "candidate cocktails" and themed menus this year to agree. (Bonus link: The Boston Globe joins in.)

Calories Do Count by Kim Severson (NY Times): In New York, at least, a new law requiring restaurants to post calorie counts of menu items has brought back an 1980s obsession with numbers. Will Seattle see the same effect?

On Dining (P-I): Plaudits to Leslie Kelly this week for speaking truth to power about the annoyances of the communal table. I think I have become a true Seattleite, because I don't want to speak to most of my neighbors, either.

'Humanely Raised' Food Labels May Soon Be Regulated by the USDA by Nicholas Day (Chow Grinder): Because the feds have done SUCH a great job at regulating organic standards.

An Organic Loophole by Barry Eastabrook (Gourmet.com): When talking about the feds' aptitude for certification, one case in point -- the USDA is finally considering requiring cows producing organically certified milk to live in the fields, not just to have a good view of them.

Here is a low-calorie snack for you to make for your guests at your Election Night feast. Boy, do I love tuna!

Bonus link: low-calorie croutons.

 
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