Can veal be humanely raised?: Interesting Q&A (despite the dumb title) on rebuilding local meat infrastructure with Dr. George Saperstein of the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He's created a rancher network under the name Azuluna Brands, for raising bull calves for veal that lets them have access to mothers' milk as well as pasture. Nice to see Serious Eats giving something more serious attention for a change.
Ethicureans abroad: A detailed list of humane livestock practices in Britain, and their opposite, for eaters who want cruelty-free meat and fish. One surprise is the heartfelt plea for the English to get over their veal phobia. (The Independent)
Plenty to learn from pastures: The VanDerPols' family farm in Kerkhoven, Minnesota, “Pastures A Plenty,” first moved their pigs outside because the animals were struggling with health problems that seemed to be caused by confinement. Their health quickly improved, and the family noticed other benefits as well, soon transitioning to seasonal pasturing and deep bedding. (New Farm)
If you only read one review of Pollan's new book…: Craig Seligman's on Salon.com should be that one. An excerpt: "[E]ven though it's forcefully — and concisely — written, "In Defense of Food" covers little new territory and doesn't really leave you eager for more. 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' has fascinating people (farmers, foragers) and places (farms, forests, abattoirs). To report the new book Pollan plowed through a load of the scientific literature and talked to authorities: praiseworthy but not nearly as enthralling.…Still, it's a book that could make a difference."
Behold, the real King Corn: Forbes gave some honor or another to Corn Products International (NYSE:CPO), but we're just amazed we never heard of this billion-dollar concern, given that its products are in everything we eat. It is the largest worldwide producer of dextrose, as well as a leading regional producer of starch, high fructose corn syrup, and glucose. (Reuters)
“When they drink beer, boy, do they mate and lay eggs”: Raising savage agricultural pests like armyworms and corn borers for fun, research, and strategic missions. (New York Times)
Does your lip-gloss come in the flavor 'Faustian Bargain'?: Iin this epic retelling of the story of Burt's Bees natural products, cofounder Roxanne Quimby says she's at peace with its sale to Clorox for $913 million in November because the money "accelerated the process" by which she could buy up land and conserve it. (New York Times)
The 10 things your organic delivery company won’t tell you (Culinate.com)