Digest: Straight from the abattoir, Observer gardeners, corny corn story

Must-bleed TV: Proving once again that the British have more balls than … well, anyone, a new show is debuting on the BBC called “Kill it. Cook it. Eat it.” It’s filmed in an abattoir with a restaurant built on the end. If our cable provider obliges, we’ll be tuning in to give those who can stomach it a full report. Telegraph (UK)

Have knife, will travel: The Thundering Hooves Pasture Harvested Abattoir is one man’s attempt to rectify flaws in small-scale USDA meat processing. Said to be only the third such unit in the country, the trailer is a self-contained facility for harvesting livestock, poultry and exotic species. Walla-Walla Union

Real green journalism: The Observer Magazine has adopted an “Organic Allotment” — a plot in a community garden, and its staff is hard at work planting, setting up a worm and compost bin, and — gasp — hauling pig manure. The Observer (UK)

C- for corn story: A long feature about the “fuel vs. food” debate that never gets past the false conundrum that more corn for ethanol means less for food. (Cue arias about world’s starving poor, meat producers going out of business because of rising grain costs, and a new chorus of …bread companies forced to pay higher prices for corn syrup sweeteners?) Reporter Stacey Stumpf never mentions the current government subsidies for corn that ever allowed it to be so cheap in the first place. Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Natural what?: A guide to the profusion of sustainable food labels. Newsweek

The Master of Spices: A profile of a second-generation Indonesian spice trader and a passionate home cook, Jing Tio, who supplies 500 of the world’s top chefs with exotic spices, even things like South American dried ant heads (“really lemony”). Something intriguing mentioned in the story: the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton’s Dining Room has an eight-course salt-and-pepper tasting? New York Times Magazine

The soul of organic: Viewing the impact of organic food’s mainstream success through the eyes of a small North Carolina farmer. As in the conventional agriculture, there’s renewed pressure to get big or get out. News Observer

Sam & Ella who?: Fans of the Stump Acres Dairy in Pennsylvania, are unfazed that state officials say its raw milk tested positive for salmonella. York Daily Record

Scary spuds: Monsanto fed genetically modified potatoes to sick English patients in a small-scale late ’90s experiment. But don’t worry — “potatoes genetically improved to prevent Colorado beetle destroying the crop have already been consumed, as safely as conventional or organic ones, in North America for years.” Independent (UK)

$58.99 per lb, abuse is free: The Fairway Market in New York is ground central for the foie gras wars. New York Times

Joining the locavore club: Pittsburgh, PA restaurants are jumping on the “buy local” bandwagon. Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Big Soybean Oil?: A plant backed by Chevron that can produce 20 million gallons a year of diesel fuel made from soybean oil is opening soon in Galveston. Houston Chronicle

Toiletbowl chaser: Seattle attorney Bill Marler has made millions off of suing over E. coli outbreaks. So why did a collection of Salinas Valley growers ask him to come talk about food safety to them? Monterey Herald

Uniting over climate change: CNN Money reporter Marc Gunther has a fascinating post on his blog about Rev. Richard Cizik, who runs the Washington office for the National Association of Evangelicals — and who conservative Christians wish would STFU about global warming. MarcGunther.com

One Responseto “Digest: Straight from the abattoir, Observer gardeners, corny corn story”

  1. Blue Greenie says:

    The first article reminded me of something else I’d read about recently… a u-pick steak farm. Details here: http://www.teamfisher.com/blogs/norm_fisher/archive/2007/02/11/strange-saskatchewan-diversions-u-pick-a-cow.aspx