Digest: Heritage turkeys, UK food fraud, carbon “indulgences”

Salon.com*: A moving great piece by Novella Carpenter about raising two heritage turkeys in Oakland, CA, and killing and eating one of them. (Carpenter happens to be Michael Pollan's assistant this year at UC Berkeley's Journalism School.)

The Independent (UK): Food fraud is rampant in England, with farmed salmon passed off as wild, conventional vegetables as organic, caged eggs as free range. But the Food Standards Agency has developed some high-tech tools to detect the difference.

Wired News: A geek gets into the spirit of a 100-Mile potluck.

Baltimore Sun: Students and city residents are stocking up at the farmers market for Thanksgiving.

San Francisco Chronicle: The octogenarian who killed 10 people and injured more than 70 others at the Santa Monica farmers market in 2003 was sentenced to probation.

The Nation: Editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel applauds the worker strike at Smithfield's NC hog-processing plant.

Seattle P-I: A look at the strange system of personal carbon offsets. Rather than reduce emissions, people pay money to a third party to "offset" their carbon footprint. The funds are not used to reduce existing carbon levels - though guilt probably is lowered - but are diverted to reduce future emissions. The entire scheme may have little effect after all, and is strongly reminiscent of the Medieval practice of selling indulgences.

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