Digest – Blogs: Cali drought, Rebecca takes on “Judy,” Dear Mom-in-Chief

Canary in the empty reservoir: How the nation responds to the drought in California will offer us a template of how to respond to global climate change, opine former Calif. AgSec Richard Rominger and Roots of Change President Michael R. Dimock. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Not all they’re cracked up to be: Rebecca Thistlewait of TLC Ranch near Santa Cruz calls bullshit on brand-name faux-farm eggs. (Honest Meat)

The buck stops here: The Ethicurean’s Debra Eschmeyer writes an open letter to Michelle Obama, asking her to help change the policy that spends just $1 per meal to feed kids in U.S. public schools. (Civil Eats)

Growing optimism: Eloquent rural essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg finds hope in the USDA’s Census of Agriculture numbers. (NY Times)

Maybe it’s because any real food beats all fake food?: A look at ten health paradoxes from food cultures around the world that perplex nutritionists, including the Masai, who eat 3,000 calories per day of full fat milk and cream, large amounts of beef, and blood from their cattle yet have extremely low blood cholesterol levels and almost no arterial plaques. So why then do Albanians get props for eating few meat, and milk products? (HealthAssist)

2 Responsesto “Digest – Blogs: Cali drought, Rebecca takes on “Judy,” Dear Mom-in-Chief”

  1. Thanks for linking to the Roots of Change water story – join the  interesting discussion going on at http://www.rocfund.org/blogs/michael-r.-dimock-s-blog/response-to-drought-is-dry-run-for-a-response-to-climate-change

  2. Do we need to spend more than $1 per meal? Our family averages 62¢ per person per meal over all meals. Since supper is more expensive so lunch is really less than 62¢. A lot less.

    Given that schools are preparing meals on a much larger scale they can make cost savings in bulk purchases unavailable to you and I as individual consumers. 

    See “Food for a Week” which was inspired by the Time article:

    Rather than how much is being spent perhaps it would be better to focus on what is being eaten. A lot of what is prepared for kids at schools gets tossed in the trash – the kids don’t want it. What they are eating is apparently not all that great either given the news about recalls of peanuts and beef that went into the school programs.