Digest: Turkey time, slow schizophrenia, and rural America tells Obama where it’s at

Get rural, Obama: Rural Americans mostly didn’t vote for Obama, but back in October 2007 he pledged to hold a “rural summit” if elected and deliver a package of rural initiatives to Congress in his first 100 days as president. Here’s what they might want to see in it — and surprise, it’s not about farming. (NPR) Meanwhile, reports NPR in another story, the farming community has its own wish list for Santa Obama. (Hat tip to Comfood list-serv for the links)

The slowdown on Terra Madre: A report on Terra Madre, Slow Food’s massive annual event, discusses the tensions inherent “between promoting a progressive political agenda and gorging on fine-cured meats and pastries.” Reporter Lisa Abend mistakenly credits organic farmer and activist (and soon-to-be Ethicurean) Debra Eschmeyer as having posted here that she didn’t feel her trip was worth the cost. Her remark was a comment, not a post. (Christian Science Monitor)

Those bastards: The release of the Consumer Price Index for October shows that input prices have declined significantly for food processors, but the prices they’re charging consumers have stayed high. (Western Farm Press)

Eat food. Not vitamins: More research shows that consuming vitamin supplements has no effect on cancer rates or other measures of health. (NYT’s Well blog)

rBGH ship sinks further:
Already, all milk sold at Wal-Mart is rBGH-free. Soon, the entire dairy case will be (the Milkweed, via La Vida Locavore)

Fast food ads = fat kids: Surprise! Banning fast-foods ads aimed at children can reduce childhood obesity 18 percent. (Journal of Law & Economics via EukeraAlert)

What happens to turkeys in November: Props to KTUU 2 in Anchorage for showing how turkeys become Thanksgiving dinner… for media and families. In the foreground, failed VP candidate Sarah Palin continues to gobble more than her share of attention; in the background, a man slits the throats of two large birds. (KTUU via YouTube) Over on Eating Liberally, Kat reports that the Palin-turkey episode may be a public service connecting Americans with the reality of their food.

Oy vey, Tom: Troubles in the kosher food industry have driven up prices dramatically for kosher turkeys, and many families are concerned about the ethics of such birds as well. (Jewish Daily Forward)

Better eating through chemistry – or not: Podcast from the American Chemical Society explains how chemistry research is arriving at reassuring and creepy ways to keep our food safe. (EurekaAlert)

New landscape feature: Dead cows: Ever wonder what happens to industrial dairy cows when they pass their prime? If they’re not made into burgers, they may become chow for Fluffy and Fido. New FDA rules aimed at reducing mad cow disease will prohibit the use of brain and spinal material from older cows in pet food; analysts expect this will mean thousands more animal carcasses buried or illegally disposed of “in the woods.” There’s a catch 22 for ya — or another reason to buy from small local dairies. (Associated Press)

Deconstructing Thanksgiving, green-style: Washington Post presents a handy graphic with ways to make traditional Thanksgiving choices more sustainable. (Washington Post)

Gobbling up what’s local: Connecticut folks can’t get enough of locally-produced food. (NYT)

Crummy kitchen no excuse for not cooking: Minimalist Mark Bittman’s kitchen is so tiny that he routinely bumps his shins on the dishwasher. (NY Times)

Yes, we can: Competition with canned goods raises food for hungry, awareness of hunger. (Epi-Log)

2 Responsesto “Digest: Turkey time, slow schizophrenia, and rural America tells Obama where it’s at”

  1. Regarding new FDA rules on BSE, am I reading this right?  Processors take dead cattle from farms and process them into pet food and livestock feed?  Do they even check why the cattle died?  A cow that dies on a farm is okay to process but a “downer” at the processor is not? 

  2. Andrew says:

    Great post, I especially like to eat local as much as possible. I intern with the Eat Well Guide, and we’ve teamed up with Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) to issue the Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge this year. Will you join us? And share a recipe? Read more on the Green Fork http://www.blog.eatwellguide.org/2008/11/take-the-local-organic-thanksgiving-challenge