The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* How to perform your public duty on St. Patrick’s Day and still stay slim. (Shape magazine)

* St. Paddy-ready foods that don’t require green food coloring. (Saveur)

* “The tasting at the Colombian residence was no idle culinary indulgence. It was a rehearsal for a grand Banquet of Rainforest Insects, which I’m holding later this month in Oxford as part of my mission as an artist to highlight the “natural capital” of rainforests. Improbable as it may seem, edible forest insects are now being promoted by scientists as a protein-rich alternative to beef as world meat supplies fail to cope with the demands of our increasing population (predicted to rise to eight billion by 2030).” (Financial Times)

* The rebate system that keeps your kids loaded with empty-calorie foods at school. (The Slow Cook)

* Sugar is bad for you: Do we all owe high fructose corn syrup an apology? (Mother Jones)

* Sugar is good for you – at least for the South. (You Tube)

* New York City Foodaholics Anonymous: How to turn your stomach over to a power lesser than NYC. (Creative Loafing Atlanta)

* “Food corporations must recognize that despite offering a cornucopia of healthier product and packaging options, they are now, similarly, targets. While not endangered by mass protests like those in the Middle East, marketers are confronted by fervent food activists who believe that industry is responsible for our nation’s obesity malaise and that marketing practices must therefore be regulated.” (Atlantic Life)

* Are you cheating on your Lenten fasting? Here’s how to tell. (Food & Think)