More to Chew On: Last Bites From Around the Country

By The Chew Crew Oct 25, 2012

Do you live in one of the best cities to trick or treat?  For the 4th year in a row, real estate company Zillow pulled together a ranking.  Despite the common perception that wealthy cities are the best for trick-or-treating, Zillow developed this list based on four factors: home value, population density, walkability of the neighborhood and crime data.  Check them out.

1.    San Francisco
2.    Boston
3.    Honolulu
4.    Seattle
5.    San Jose
6.    Chicago
7.    Los Angeles
8.    Portland
9.    Philadelphia
10. Washington DC
The biggest food news to hit the tabloids lately is that about genetically modified products.  Do you think that these modified foods should be labeled?  California voters will soon decide whether to require certain raw and processed foods to carry such a label when they vote on Proposition 37.  There is currently no law in the USA that requires the labeling of genetically modified foods, so you could end up buying a genetically modified apple and not even know it.
Right now the best way to ensure that you aren’t already eating modified foods is by reading the sticker on your produce.  According to the Produce Marketing Association this should tell you if it has been genetically engineered.
On every tag, there is a price look-up (PLU). A four-digit PLU code starting with the number 4 indicates conventionally grown and not genetically modified.  A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic. A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM.