Digest – Slightly moldy: Eat-local-backlash scrutinized, buffalo roaming again

These links are still tasty, though their sell-by date is approaching — you may well have already seen them.

starStanding up for local: Tom Philpott spent last week’s Victual Reality column on the "eat-local backlash," and in this accompanying post for Gristmill, he takes the gloves off and KO’s the Mackey/Singer view that "what we have here is a case of wealthy-nation enviros crassly sticking it to poor-nation farmers, driving them to ruin over an abstraction (lowering one’s carbon footprint)."

starBuy some bison: Marion Burros has an entertaining, comprehensive (for once) read covering buffalo’s second comeback, thanks to simultaneous praise from chefs, nutritionists and environmentalists. But grain-fed buffalo? That’s just wrong. ( New York Times)

Dietgeist, corroborated: 85% of Americans want to know where their food comes from. One in three (34%) would pay up to 10% more for U.S. food and nearly half (46%) would be willing to pay from 10% to 25% more. (Zogby International)

We’ll take Umbrage: Our favorite advice columnist has been on an ethicureanish tear lately, tackling readers’ questions about (whether any major food chains that use sustainable meat, the truth about organic pork, and how community-supported agriculture works.

Young Blue Eyes: A soft-as-an-organic-fig-newton Q&A with Nell Newman, daughter of Paul and an organic-food advocate. No, she doesn’t get asked about why Newman’s Own uses high-fructose corn syrup in some products. (Culinate)

The spinach outbreak, one year later: A look at Earthbound Farm’s produce-safety controls, on the anniversary of that very bad week for the leafy-greens industry. The company, which produces $168 million in packaged salads annually — still only 6% of the market — has not raised prices to cover its costs. (Los Angeles Times)

Going after liquid assets: The makers of water filters and reusable containers have recognized the anti-disposable water bottle trend and are pushing their wares as an eco-friendly alternative. Brita and Nalgene have even teamed up to promote filtration and reusability. (Food and Water Watch also has a water campaign going on) (Los Angeles Times)

Common ground: Ranchers and conservationists have teamed up to save California’s 7,000-acre Bobcat Ranch. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Whole Oats: Sam Fromartz is not surprised that a judge allowed Whole Foods to go ahead with the Wild Oats acquisition; federal regulators are appealing the ruling.

Self preservation: Kendra Bailey Morris shares memories of her family’s canning season. (NPR)

Monsanto appeals transgenic alfalfa ban (Feedstuffs)



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