Digest – Blogsnacks: Postcards from China, we bow down before farmers — and Rick Bayless

starChina's organic agriculture, up close and personal: Jim Harkness, president of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, is blogging from China as he meets with experts on China's food and farm system. His tales of visiting organic farms and co-ops are pretty eye-opening, and not in the "Clockwork Orange" way we've gotten used to. (Think Forward)

Cheffing awesome: Chicago chef and farm-to-table movement charter member Rick Bayless writes about his Frontera Farmer Foundation, which has turned the restaurant into a fund-raising farmers market. Even though we're anti-cloning, we'd like to duplicate Bayless. (Epicurious.com)

starGood thing job satisfaction levels are high: Mechanical genius, breeder, micro-meterologist, production botanist, public relations manager — these are just a few of the hats a farmer has to wear well. Simon Huntley has an interesting post on this, and whether enough people will pick up the hoe to continue to provide us with our preferred "adjective-laden" food. (Small Farm Central)

You can take the English girl out of San Francisco…: Sam is stuck in Bristol, England, and decides to try and cook a meal made from only locally sourced ingredients. (Becks n Posh)

Or, you could feed them a balanced diet: We're astounded at what's left out of this NYT Health blog post about how kids who eat organic cereal for breakfast may be missing out on their vitamins. Why? Because unlike commercial cereal companies, which add vitamins to replace nutrients stripped away during the manufacturing process, organic cereals are free of additives, including artificial preservatives and colors — and often, vitamins. No mention of the debate over whether nutrients added in the factory are actually processed in the body in the same manner as those found naturally in foods, or the idea that maybe kids should be eating real fruit and whole milk with their cereal. (New York Times Blog)

Bag Lady: An American Public Media reporter blogs about trying to reduce her personal garbage output — by carrying it around. (Marketplace; thanks Dr. Vino)

Cool tools for foodies: BasicKnives, by designer Caroline Noordijk, integrate commonly used kitchen utensils like peelers and zesters into the unused portions of chef's and paring knives. (Boing Boing Gadgets)

Eco-fashionistas, take note: Very, very little bamboo clothing qualifies as either sustainable or organic, thanks to the heavy chemicals, some of which are toxic, that most manufacturers use. (Organic Clothing)

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