Fight­ing for Good Food

Food ac­tivist Vani Hari is hot on the trail of a chemical that’s used in yoga mats, shoes and sand­wiches

India Today - - GLOSSARY - by Indira Kan­nan

Thanks to Vani Hari, 34, an In­di­anAmer­i­can blog­ger who runs the web­site Food­Babe.com, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans found out re­cently that a chemical named azodi­car­bonamide, used in yoga mats and shoes, is an in­gre­di­ent in fast food chain Sub­way’s breads. Af­ter an on­line pe­ti­tion signed by thou­sands of Food­Babe fol­low­ers, the global chain said that it would soon phase out the chemical from its breads. A for­mer man­age­ment con­sul­tant, Hari started Food­Babe.com in April 2011. Even though she hasn’t turned her at­ten­tion to In­dia, she has been heard loud and clear in the coun­try. Sub­way put up a no­tice on its In­dian web­site declar­ing, “Azodi­car­bonamide is not present in any bread sold in In­dia Sub­way.”

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