Digest: Environmental wish list, free food, River Cottage to challenge Tesco, climate change

New York Times: The editors issue their environmental wish list for 2007. Looks like Sen. Barbara Boxer has been cast as Santa.

Time: Organic, sustainable restaurant food doesn’t have to be elitist. At the One World Café in Salt Lake City and the SAME (So All Might Eat) Café in Denver, would-be patrons with no money are encouraged to exchange an hour of service — sweep, wash the dishes, weed the organic garden — for a meal. Those with fatter wallets are encouraged to leave a little extra to offset the meals of those who have less to give.

Gristmill: No. 3 on David Roberts’s list of 20 predictions for 2007 is this pragmatic bummer. “There will be sound and fury over farm- and price-support systems, talk about ‘renewable energy,’ and lip service paid to organic and small-scale agricultural practices, but in the end, the 2007 Farm Bill will do little to alter the basic dysfunctional shape of U.S. ag policy.”

The Guardian (UK): Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall — U.K. chef and advocate of seasonal food — is embarking on a major venture. He plans to challenge grocery giant Tesco (the Wal-Mart of the UK) in a Devon town where Tesco currently is the main option for fresh fruit and vegetables. Fearnley-Whittingstall plans to open his own store under his River Cottage Brand and selling locally sourced produce, with an eventual goal of running a nationwide chain of stores.

Telegraph (UK): Under the U.K.’s new nutrient profiling model used to distinguish junk food from “healthy” food, cheese is officially labeled as more unhealthy than sugary cereals, cheeseburgers, double chocolate chip cake and potato chips — which means cheese producers can’t advertise it during kids’ TV shows.

Seattle P-I: One of the effects of climate change will be to extend north the growing zones for certain grape varieties. By the end of the century, Oregon’s Willamette Valley may be supplanted by Washington’s Puget Sound region the as the premier Northwest climate for pinot noir.

Seattle P-I: Seattle is encouraging builders to “green” new developments, using vegetation-covered roofs, green walls, and other practices already utilized in Europe. The additions would improve water quality, insulate buildings, and help absorb greenhouse gases. Builders aren’t buying the idea wholesale, and some objections have merits — especially about rat-friendly trellises — but builders agree that the city is on the right general path.

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