Digest – Blogsnacks: Eat meat, kill the planet, Alice has higher standards

PETA vs. green carnivores: The biggest brawl we've ever seen on Gristmill's comment section is over a post about the animal-rights group's "stupid claim" that "you just cannot be a meat-eating environmentalist." (Gristmill)

Don't ask Alice: All the food at last weekend's Farm Aid concert was either local, organic or from a family farm, a first for a major music event. But Alice Waters was not at all impressed. (New York Times Blog)

LOHAS in the 'hood: Some thoughts about organic food and low-income neighborhoods from the perspective of the People's Grocery, an organization that seeks to bring healthy food to West Oakland, a downtrodden "food desert." (People's Grocery)

Reading into labeling: Erica Barnett weighs the pros and cons of California's recently passed (but not signed by the governor) bill requiring nutrition information on chain restaurant menus and signboards. You know the pros, now hear the cons. (World Changing)

Eating local in SoCal — yikes: Dennis Stein, who's trying to open a restaurant in San Diego, goes on a long search "to find an egg farm that could deliver fresh eggs to the restaurant and allow me to bring customers there to see where their eggs come from." Um, if he brought us to the "farms" he took pictures of, we might start raising our own chickens. (The Kitchen is Our Playground; via Casing the Joint)

A human aptly named: Our newest contributor, Jennifer, reads and recommends Michael Ableman's "Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It" (Rolling in the Dough)

Who you culling a waster?: Jonathan Bloom is writing a book on wasted food in America, and he's blogging most entertainingly about it, too. (Wasted Food; hat tip to Culinate)

Sow what?: Expat Chef reminds us that "While we are spending this month talking about preserving the harvest by canning and freezing, seed saving is one of the easiest things you can do to preserve heirloom varieties." (Eat Local Challenge)

Monocultural monarch: Our friend Nicole reviews the forthcoming documentary "King Corn," which isn't out yet — and a little electric-bike-riding bird assures us the editing bagginess she notes has been fixed. (Gristmill)

Tenderloin tattoos: We love the "wonderful, magical animal" as much as the next carnivore, but tattooing the cuts of pork diagram on your arm? (Serious Eats)

Protecting farm animal diversity won't be easy, but it's necessary (Worldwatch Institute)

A humorous view of "the world is flat" theory in far northwestern China (Xinjiang Province) (James Fallows)

 

 

One Responseto “Digest – Blogsnacks: Eat meat, kill the planet, Alice has higher standards”

  1. Dennis Stein says:

    Thanks for linking to my article about eggs. All the egg farms seemed to operate in the same way, regardless of their size, except for Eben-Haezer Egg Ranch which has 1,000 free-range birds. I'll buy the free-range eggs she currently has and encourage her to do more free-range and to switch to organic feed. It would be great to have a local source for free-range, organic, and local eggs here in San Diego. Chino Valley Ranchers (http://www.chinovalleyranchers.com/), located east of Los Angeles, sells free-range and organic eggs. Because of fears of disease, Chino Valley doesn't let people from outside see the farm. I'd really like to see their chickens to see for myself how they live.