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Finally, Chick-Fil-A Will Have Government Protection

Plus, birds are getting VACUUMED to death so you can have martini olives, and other news to start your day

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Who knew Chick-Fil-A needed Texas to save it?

The Texas State House just passed a bill that would protect Chick-Fil-A and other businesses that donate to religious charities from discrimination. The “Save Chick-Fil-A Bill” (though the business is named nowhere in the bill text) stops the government from acting against a business or person for their contributions to or memberships with religious organizations. However, critics say it’s a thinly-veiled way to protect anti-LGBTQ businesses under the guise of “religious liberty.”

Chick-Fil-A advertises itself as a Christian business, and is famously not open on Sundays. In 2012, their COO Dan T. Cathy spoke out against same-sex marriage, and the company partnered with organizations that supported California’s Prop 8. Recently, the company was found to be donating to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, which calls same-sex marriage “rage against Jesus Christ and his values.” There may be no ethical consumption under capitalism, and buying a different chicken sandwich isn’t the same as political action, buuuut this is a good thing to alwayskeep in mind. [Dallas News]

And in other news...

  • BIRDS are getting VACUUMED in order to harvest martini olives, which apparently taste better when they’re harvested at night, which is when all the birds are asleep in the olive trees. [Vice]
  • This will be the last year of NYC’s Vendy awards, which honors the best food trucks and other street food proprietors. [Grub Street]
  • Whole Foods is removing plastic straws at their U.S., U.K. and Canada stores, and also offering smaller produce bags, as part of a company-wide effort to reduce plastic use. Plastic straws will be available on request. [CNN]
  • The Ethicist says that if you’re vegan and wanting to treat a non-vegan client to a meal, you should make them eat vegan. [NYTimes]
  • Welcome to the Good Burger Mobile, home of the Good Burger, can they take your order? [The Takeout]
  • John Lithgow said his appearance on The Great Celebrity Bake Off was “one of the great traumas of [his] life,” thanks to the Swiss Roll he had to make for the technical challenge. [YouTube]
  • Chef José Andrés wants to hire Bonnie Kimball, who was fired from the cafeteria of a New Hampshire school because she dared to give lunch to a kid who couldn’t immediately pay for it. Andrés tweeted “...we have openings at @thinkfoodgroup, if you know her, let her know.” [CNN]
  • And finally, Kim Kardashian has a mystery complaint against Jack In The Box, and every brand is trying to make it About Them.