Digest – Blogs and opinion: Food pound-gallons (?), friending the FDA, another list for Vilsack
Measuring up: We've all heard the average number of miles that industrial food travels from farm to fork (1500), but is that the best way to weigh the environmental impact of our consumption choices? NY farmer Bob Comis proposes a conceptual shift to "pound-gallons," a clunky-sounding idea that might just have some staying power. If we're serious about reducing our foodprint, says Comis, we have to ask ourselves the hard questions - and start thinking innovatively. (Stony Brook Farm blog; thanks, Bob!)
Pick your poison: The NYC Health Department is targeting sodium, a culprit in strokes and heart attacks, by pressuring processed food manufacturers to reduce the amount of salt in foods by 40% over ten years. Genius, or a case study in nutritionism, with potentially damaging effects? (Michael Alderman in the NYT)
FDA goes social: The peanut-salmonella thing won't end, but it isn't because the FDA isn't willing to try new technology, at least in the communication department. Got your no-peanuts Facebook badge? (Fat City)
A tax cut we can dig: Ed at The Slow Cook proposes tax breaks for kitchen gardeners as a way to sow the seeds of civic participation and to regrow the economy. After all, when's the last time Congress faced down a lobbying group armed with shovels and spading forks? (The Slow Cook)
Blowin' in the wind: We've got enough volatility in the financial system to keep us busy for quite some time - we could do without major volatility in the food system on top of it. IATP president Jim Harkness tells Secretary Vilsack that to get us back on an even keel, he's going to have to rebuild the whole freaking boat. (Des Moines Register)
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