6 Morsels of Good Foodie News School lunches are improving; Walmart's into sustainability: Mark Bittman By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Mar 23, 2011 12:22 PM CDT 3 comments Comments A man shops in the produce area at Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, Calif, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Sometimes it’s important for a critic to drop the criticism and offer some praise. In the New York Times, Mark Bittman presents a taste of good news in the food world: Backers of better food policy are gaining real traction: The reauthorized Child Nutrition Act will improve school lunches, while the Food Safety Modernization Act will make our meals safer. Walmart is making a big push for local food, including doubling “sales of locally-sourced produce” and encouraging sustainable farming. And McDonald's is following the retail giant's lead. “Real food is spreading”: The number of US farmers' markets has increased some 250% since 1994 to 6,000. Urban farming is growing from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, and city governments are supporting the trend. A new generation of farmers is on its way: Even though farmers are aging, nonprofits give “farming a new cachet of cool.” School food is getting better: It “may have more potential positive influences than anything else," and the USDA, for example, is backing a program to get chefs into schools. Some 550 schools are on board. Read Bittman's whole column here.