The UC Food Observer chooses a handful of important stories for you to read as you end your work week.

On the menu, in no particular order:


1. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has launched a new exhibit “celebrating American business.” Included are food-related enterprises…and a discussion about how America has shaped how the world eats. Michele Kayal (@hyphenatedchef) writes this piece for National Geographic’s The Plate.


2. Research: Taxing the calories in sugary drinks could encourage healthier choices, but tobacco model “may not be the answer…” Lucy Goodchild Van Hilten (@LucyGoodchild) provides a terrific piece for Elsevier (@ElsevierConnect). h/t @CivilEats


3. PhD candidate Diana Caley (@dcaley) examines social stigma around urban food security in Uganda for the Chicago Council (@GlobalAgDev). Her piece is part of an ongoing #NextGen series featuring the work of emerging scholars.


4. #CAdrought coverage from the Los Angeles Times. California’s State Water Resources Control Board issued its first action to enforce a water rights curtailment. Bettina Boxall (@boxall) reports. Also, be certain to follow #drylandsCA and feature writer Diana Marcum (@DianaMarcum) and photojournalist Robert Gauthier (@rgaut999) as they continue their road trip documenting California’s drought. Innovative reporting. You can join the conversation by Tweeting comments or images using #drylandsCA.


5. U.S. lawmakers say a treaty on product names will unfairly undermine the nation’s dairy industry’s efforts to use common food names. Philip Brasher (@PhilipBrasher) reports for @agripulse.


6. Read UC Food Observer: Opinion: “No child left behind” should also apply to education about the nation’s food system.


Have a great weekend.