Digest: What to eat, green tea bandwagon, pet food poison still MIA

The Ethicurean’s Dilemma: Sara Deseran has a great feature in 7×7 magazine about the head-spinning choices posed by eating in the Bay Area. She quotes Patricia Unterman, the food writer and co-owner of Hayes Street Grill, who agonizes over what to put on her menu: “It’s a constant battle: what I can serve, what I can’t serve. [Food] is our local religion, which means that everything becomes an issue of moral decision.” Laugh all you want: you’ll find us in the fetal position … what, you thought that was just for April Fool’s? Fear not, chickens, Deseran brings it all back home. 7×7 (Via Edible Nation)

“Yoga in a bottle”: Green tea is Americans’ new favorite nutraceutical, and marketers are working overtime synthesizing it, super-sizing it, and turning it into both snack and diet food. Basically, U.S. consumers are idiots, trotting after the latest health fad. Slate

Pet food net widened: The FDA has further extended the recall for Menu Foods pet food by dates and to dog biscuits. PETA is claiming an excess of Vitamin D in pet food is what’s harming animals, not melamine. Time has an overview of the various theories about the source of the contaminant, including PETA’s, and confirms that yes, some euthanized animals do end up in pet food.

Stop the land rush: The Gray Lady says acreage should not come out of the Conservation Reserve Program to grow corn. New York Times

Toxic fish: Tom Philpott’s Victual Reality column is MIA today, but we have a Gristmill blog post from him to tide us over. Alas, it’s a real gloom-and-doomer about how thanks to global warming, coral reefs are becoming breeding grounds for poisonous algae. Which, surprise, goes up the food chain to the big fish, making coral-dwelling fish toxic, sometimes fatal, to humans. Gristmill

But it’s OK for U.S. market: The two leading U.S. trade associations representing the grain, feed and grain processing industries have urged Syngenta Seeds not to commercialize its biotechnology-enhanced corn seed for planting this year, because it has not obtained regulatory approval for food and feed use in Japan and other U.S. export markets. Grainnet

A mouthful of eco-gastronomy: Reporting on a surprisingly packed talk given at Yale by by Erika Lesser, director of Slow Food USA, about the Slow Food movement in America — and its resemblance to the environmental grassroots. Gristmill

What’s next — a Fat Czar?: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pledged $500 million over the next five years to combat the recent increase in childhood obesity rates. Newshour

Princeton dining halls have switched to grass-fed hamburgers (Daily Princetonian)

Portugal debuts first organic port (Dr. Vino)

Few European organic wines pass muster with tasters (Independent)

The National Black Farmers Association is calling on its 66,000 members to boycott Monsanto (Wisconsin Ag Connection)

Website showing a piece of cheese aging is getting thousands of hits daily (The Guardian)

One Responseto “Digest: What to eat, green tea bandwagon, pet food poison still MIA”

  1. Tom Philpott says:

    Hey Ethicurean,
    Thanks for noting that there’s no Victual Reality this week. We’ve taken it biweekly as the growing season heats up, to preserve my sanity — and so I can do more little posts like the one about the coral fish. You guys missed my other post this week, the one where I chastised Mario Batali for selling his name to shill TV dinners for General Foods. The post essentially asks, where is our crusading celebrity chef, a la Jamie Oliver? And why isn’t it Mario?
    Keep up the terrific work–I don’t know what I’d do without the Digest, and the longer pieces are great as well.