Digest – Features: CAFOs on the march, cooking with the sun, bioplastics

Hog CAFOs marching north: After fouling parts of Iowa with the spoils of hog farming (stench, contaminated water), the hog industry is looking north to Wisconsin. Proximity to packing plants is one reason; a Wisconsin law that permits CAFOs of up to 2,499 animals with almost no state monitoring is another. The main article looks at the Iowans' experience with large hog farms, and what they might mean for Wisconsin. Another article in the newspaper looks "right to farm" laws, and whether a 2,400 hog CAFO should even be considered "farming." (Vernon Broadcaster)

The 93 million mile diet: The SF Chronicle food section devotes the front page of the food section to solar cooking. Solar ovens can cook a range of foods in most temperate climates, without burning any gas or electricity. Coincidentally, Marc R. just built a solar oven and is working on a post about his experience. (San Francisco Chronicle)

starScam or savior?: In the middle of picnic and cookout season, Umbra takes on the topic of biodegradable plastics, which are made into spoons, forks, plates, and other dining implements. Just what does biodegradable mean? And who defines the term? are two questions addressed in the column. Be sure to read the very informative comment thread. (Ask Umbra at Grist)

Back in my day, our blogs were written on the backs of shovels with a piece of coal...: The Atlantic pulls a 1982 article by journalist James Fallows from their archive. It's about the first days of personal computers, those wonderous early days when seeing words appear on a screen was a joy, and being able to dispatch those same words with the backspace key was even better. (The Atlantic Monthly, via Ezra Klein)

New artisan cheeses in California (Los Angeles Times)

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