Digest – Blogs, features, opinions: Michigan builds local, peanut pontification, and snacks from the sea

Eating local, even below zero: More than a hundred people gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan to plan for the growth of the region’s local food movement and feasted on local greens, squash, beans, meat, and other goodies. Organizers hope that the products of the 2009 Local Food Summit will “transform the way our community thinks about food, and in turn transform the health of residents and our local economy.” (Ann Arbor Chronicle)

Yes we Kohan!: Kim O’Donnel interviews Eddie Gehman Kohan, one of the geniuses behind Obama Foodorama, which is like a PG-13 Wonkette for foodpol nerds. (A Mighty Appetite/WashPo)

Sequestration nation: Drawing from an Eco-Farm presentation, Twilight Greenaway reports on the Marin Carbon Project, a collaboration between Marin Organic, scientists at UC Berkeley, and ranchers in Marin that aims to identify land practices that capture and store carbon in the soil. (CUESA Newsletter; scroll down to feature)

Yes, that would get our attention: To publicize the foul debris littering our oceans and coastlines, Surfrider Foundation joined forces with Saatchi & Saatchi LA for a guerrilla ad campaign called “Catch of the Day.” Volunteers collected trash such as used condoms, sorted and packaged it like seafood, then strategically placed it around local farmers markets. (Boing Boing)

Our peanuts, ourselves: The Salmonella-peanut outbreak is just another symptom of our country’s heretofore excessive trust in deregulated markets. (Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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