Question for Digest readers; Does it annoy you when a Digest is really long like this one and we don't break it with a More jump? How bout when we do?
Locavore locus: The Chronicle's Farming the City package features Kevin Bayuk, a young landscaper who wants to turn the city's 100+ acres' worth of vacant lots (awesome map) into owner-OKed urban farms, and a look at the state of community food security planning.
E. is for eek!: A discomfiting look at how the vicious new strain of E. coli O157:H7 has an almost entirely different genome from previous ancestors. (Slate Magazine)
We're out of milk puns: Interesting tale of two conventional Arkansas dairies who transitioned to organic, paying more for feed, getting less milk, but having much healthier animals. (Morning News)
See above: David Gumpert (who we really hope at this point is working on a book about the raw-milk wars) has another great sweeping feature about the unpasteurized fringe, this time set in Massachusetts where 24 dairies have permits to sell raw milk, double the number two years ago. As one family emphasizes, it's about carefully considering the risks — and there are some — and making your own choice, if the government will let you. (The Boston Globe)
All fear the dread Nutraloaf!: Vermont's unruly prisoners are fed a mixture of "cubed whole wheat bread, nondairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes" to make them behave. Think it sounds OK? We do, but they're suing. (San Francisco Chronicle)
If New York can do it: Having food to sell is not the only tricky component to winter farmers markets in northern climes. There's labor, fuel costs, and farmers' need to regroup. (New York Times)
The sisterhood of the soil: The members of Oregon's League of Women Farmers share their knowledge. (Capital Press)
Time to bug off?: With increasing population pressuring our limited farmland, it is time to start eating insects. Prof. Arnold van Huis thinks so. They are nutritious, easy to raise, and sometimes even taste good. (Ode Magazine) Related: Marc explored some of the reasons certain cultures abhor the idea of insects as food.
You had us at Camelbert: Mauritania has opened one of the world’s first camel milk dairies, in a triumph of entrepreneurship. (New York Times)
Jesus Christ, won't someone give them $3 million?: Starving bison leaving Yellowstone Park are being slaughtered to prevent the spread of brucellosis to cattle, but if land along the Yellowstone River could be leased from a church, the bison could cross to a publicly owned forest north of the park. (New York Times)
A radio call-in program on "The International Year of the Potato" (KQED Forum)
Cattle ranchers herding carbon credits (Living on Earth)