Food miles per gallon: Anthony Flaccavento, director of Appalachian Sustainable Development, argues persuasively against the anti-locavore hypothesis that shipping food in tractor-trailers is more efficient than local food transactions. (Washington Post)
New front in the milk wars: Organic dairy farmers are pissed at yogurt behemoth Stonyfield, claiming it hasn’t sufficiently raised the prices it pays farmers enough to keep up with rising costs of organic feed, energy, and health insurance. They say the issue boils down to this: "What is more important to Stonyfield Farm and HP Hood, market share or the health and welfare of their organic family farmers?" Well, those two things are mutually dependent, responds Stonyfield Farm CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg in his guest post on Grist, which we think shows a refreshing economic transparency, if not exactly an "I feel your pain" empathy.
Downergate dismissed: The Times’ Joe Nocera presents a jaded (but probably accurate) take on the Hallmark/Westland brouhaha. "The Humane Society of the United States did a good thing in bringing the abuse to public light," he writes. "But it had nothing to do with the food supply or mad cow disease." (New York Times)