Monthly Archives: November 2015

Weekly Food Reads: GM Salmon, Cloned Animals, and Thanksgiving in Space



Aquaculture is the fastest-growing source of protein today with China producing nearly 60% of the world’s farm-raised fish and shellfish. (Sustainable Brands)

Would you eat cloned meat? China plans to build world’s biggest animal cloning factory in Tianjin. (The Guardian)

“If everyone ate a more ‘Chinese’ diet we might be able to feed the world sustainably.” (China Dialogue)

Fun read: Chinese Food and the Joy of Inauthentic Cooking (The New Yorker)


The U.S. just approved their nation’s first genetically altered animal for consumption: a salmon that grows twice as fast. (NYTimes)

Why stuffing is Thanksgiving’s most debated dish (with recipes!). (NPR)

What the astronauts are eating for Thanksgiving. (USA Today)

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November Farm Retreat to Chongming Island


Last Tuesday, the Hunter Gatherer team ditched the office for a trip to our chemical-free farm at Chongming Island. Over the course of the day, team members and staff picked fresh vegetables, took part in organic growing practices, and enjoyed a fresh and delicious seasonal lunch at the nearby San Min Cultural Village.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hunter Gatherer!

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Hunter Gatherer’s got plans for an extra special Thanksgiving this year—and you’re invited. Join us from November 24 to November 26 for three days of delicious Real Food feasts. We’re going all out with the seasonal trimmings and holiday staples, from mashed potatoes and stuffing to green beans and cranberry sauce. In lieu of a turkey (there’s unfortunately no free-range, responsibly raised option), we’ll carve up perfectly juicy and tender herb-roasted NPG chicken. And of course, it’s not Thanksgiving without dessert—there will be pumpkin and pecan pies!

Keep reading to see our Thanksgiving menu.

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Weekly Food Reads: Food Safety, Good Gut Microbes, and Healthy Coffee


Every week we’ll round up our favorite reads around the web on China’s food-related topics and more.


China, the U.S., and the E.U. recently agreed to a food safety pact. (FDA Blog)

Responsibility for China’s food security to be devolved to provinces. (Food Navigator Asia)

Are lunch box vending machines the next big thing in China? Sanquan Fresh Food tries it out in Shanghai. (China Daily)

On online shoppers’ demand for healthy foods: ”Imported is the buzzword these days. It has become synonymous with safety, health, and nutrition.” (China Daily)


Are burgers and fries wrecking havoc on our good microbes? (Nautilus)

Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity (NPR)

New Cakes at Hunter Gatherer (with gluten free options)

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Afternoon tea just got even better. Our genius bakers have finally launched Hunter Gatherer’s new line of all-natural and delicious cakes. Combining the best ingredients with culinary innovation, our six new mini cakes are a flavorful treat for your tastebuds. Keep reading to see all the creative new flavors and learn about our gluten free options.

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This Week’s Food News & Local Events: Chinese Whole Foods, Fed Up, and Farm Visits


Every week we’ll round up our favorite reads around the web on China’s food-related topics and more.


China just launched a national e-commerce platform to support agriculture. (China Daily)

Could Guo Shu Hao (果蔬好) be Beijing’s answer to Whole Foods Market? (China Daily)

China is the world’s largest bottled water consumer to the detriment of the environment and Tibet’s Himalayan glaciers. (China Dialogue)


Insect farming kits grow sustainable and healthy protein at home. (Fast Company)

Don’t scarf down your food—eating slowly lets you enjoy the flavors in food more. (NPR)

The future of medicine is food. (Quartz)


A roundup of this week’s food-related community activities in Shanghai:

Thurs., Nov 12:

Green Initiatives screens Fed Up, a movie “that will change the way you look at food forever.” // 50RMB. 7PM – 9PM. Haworth Organic Space. (Green Initiatives)

Sat., Nov 14:

Kunshan Organic Farm Visit with Kate & Kimi // 120 RMB. 8AM. (City Weekend)

Chi Fan for Charity 2015 // 500RMB. 7PM – midnight. (Time Out Shanghai)

Sun., Nov 15:

November Farmers Market at Shanghai Center. // 10AM – 3PM. Shanghai Center. (Smart Shanghai)

Nice ‘n Spiced Carrot Cake Recipe


Simple and sweet, the classic carrot cake will never go out of style. Freshly grated carrots and mild spices give this dense cake its extra delicious kick of flavor. We’ll show you how to make our version of the incredibly moist and dense carrot cake, and pointers on an irresistible sweet cream cheese icing.

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Rare Purple and White Bell Peppers Grown on Our Chemical-Free Farms


You’ve no doubt heard of green bell peppers, but did you know the sweet crunchy fruits also come in a wide rainbow of colors? The spectrum includes red, yellow, orange, brown, and even—purple and white. Our farms recently sent us a special shipment of produce that includes the rare purple and white bell peppers and they’re every bit as delicious and nutritious as the more commonly found varieties.


Crisp and brimming with Vitamin C, these beautiful purple and white bell peppers are a fantastic way to add a fresh pop of color to your meal.


Like all of Hunter Gatherer produce, our farmers grew these bell peppers without any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Give the fruit a quick wash and you can start eating right away without fear of harmful synthetic residues.

Weekly Food Reads: Plastic in your salt, imported foods, and vegan food startups


A Jiangxi farm puts on a farmer fashion show of sorts. (Sina)

Every week we’ll round up our favorite reads around the web on China’s food-related topics and more.


China’s meat industry hits back against the W.H.O. report that says processed meats are carcinogenic to humans. (New York Times)
A game changer in food trade: investment in railways may significantly boost Chinese imports of fresh foods from Europe. (Reuters)
There may be plastic in your salt. Researchers discover various brands of table salt sold in China are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic pollution. (Scientific American)
Despite the recent economic slowdown, China’s appetite for imported food remains strong. (NBC News)



Major food companies are ditching artificial color in favor of natural colorings made from plants. (NPR The Salt)

Why renowned food columnist Mark Bittman has left the New York Times for a vegan food startup. (Eater)

Will the cows of the future be fed on bugs? (Fast Company)

A new frontier: Inspiring food lab, Chew, is engineering tasty and sustainable snacks in Boston. (Boston Globe)

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