7 Food News That Made Us Realize 2016 Wasn’t All Bad

January 6, 2017

This year has been very unkind to humanity, and memes all over the world celebrated its bitter end. Now that the 2016 jokes are officially old news, let’s give credit where it’s due. 2016 was not all bad—we can think of a number of news that made last year pretty significant progression both in the world of food and in humanity at large.

So we decided to compile our favorite foodie headlines that made the most impact on us last year. After all, if psychology says that creating gratitude lists has a positive impact on your physical and mental well-being, then this list should inspire us to stop grinding our teeth about the past and find something to smile (or even drool) about.

Here are our 7 favorite food news articles in 2016:

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Push to reduce food waste by salvaging ugly produce.

At the start of last year, Ugly Produce is Beautiful launched a campaign to reduce food wastage which promoted the use of rejected produce. Yup, a third of the world’s fit-for-consumption produce gets tossed out because they don’t fit an arbitrary beauty standard. Visit their website for recipes that salvage ugly produce or their Instagram for stunning photos that show ugly produce IS beautiful.

Fat gets cleared of its bad rap.

Well, sort of. We’ve been hearing for the past couple of years that (some) fat is actually healthy. In 2016 it was revealed that the sugar industry sponsored studies way back in the 70’s with the objective of proving fat was the culprit to Coronary Heart Disease, while downplaying sugar’s contribution in the disease. Yikes! So it sounds like bacon is a healthier breakfast than your multi-grain muffin after all.


Meet your non-meat.

Impossible Foods makes a plant-based burger that bleeds.

Well, sorta. It contains leghemoglobin, or heme for short, a protein found and identical in both plant and animal sources but abundant in animal sources, giving it its unique meaty taste. This protein allows Impossible Foods‘ burger to smell, taste, and bleed like a regular meat burger—sans the environmental guilt! Taste this impossible feat in select restaurants across the United States.

Singapore Hawker Stands receive Michelin Star rating.

Both Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken and Rice Noodle, and Hill Street Tai Wa Pork Noodle received ratings in in Michelin Guide last year. A huge step forward for the guide which has long been criticized for inspiring an elitist attitude towards food and being more damaging to the restaurant scene than constructive, Michelin proves that it can roll with the times and that great food can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of budget.

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg launch a cooking show.

Perhaps one of our generations strangest and most magical friendships, rolling pin-toting Martha Stewart and mary jane-tokin’ Snoop Dogg have had a hilarious history on TV show Martha, where Snoop became a regular guest. The duo launched their own cooking show last November on VH1, much to the excitement of their fans (Yes, there is an exclusive fan base for their friendship alone).


One less thing standing in the way of you and your food.

Amazon Go takes grocery shopping to another level.

When you did not think another level existed, Amazon proves us wrong. They boast, “No lines, no checkout—just grab and go!” Their 1800 sqm. location in Seattle is still set to open in 2017, but in 2016 they announced the launching of Amazon Go with a promising video of what we hope will be the standard of grocery stores to come.

A laugh-out-loud review on Trump Grill.

Now we are ethically against Yelp vigilantism and similar, Vanity Fair writer Tina Nguyen has proven her salt in a review that perhaps all aspiring food critics should read as a prerequisite study. Her review on Trump Grill is hilarious and sharp, creatively and seamlessly fusing political commentary with a simply well-written restaurant review. The review on Trump Grill proves that when all things seem hopeless, we can always find reasons to laugh.

Yes, 2016 took us for some turns, but it wasn’t really 2016’s fault. And if we’re going to blame the year for the endless barrage of bad news, let’s also celebrate the good that it brought us too. What’s your favorite food news story of 2016 that we missed?

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Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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