"If your goat is giving birth, it’s not like you can go to work": Friend o'Ethicurean Twilight Greenaway interviews Novella Carpenter, Oakland's most fearless backyard farmer and soon-to-be-author. (Culinate.com)
E tu, Brody?: Well-known nutritionist Jane Brody writes about the difference between high-fructose corn syrup and sugar, and whether it matters which we consume, or merely how much of either. There's an interesting argument in here about fructose itself. However, she dismisses those who object to HFCS because it comes from genetically modified corn with this jaw-dropper: "genetically modified corn is not a health hazard, and, anyway, almost every food we consume has been genetically modified." Say what? Not if you're eating your recommended daily allowances of fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat — only if they're being served in their processed, microwaveable, convenience versions. (New York Times)
Making a stink: Despite protesters, John Sundstrom, chef/owner of Lark — a small Capitol Hill restaurant known for its artisanal meats and locally sourced grains and produce — won't stop serving foie gras, and also sees nothing wrong with his decision to become a celebrity spokesman for the National Pork Board. (The Stranger) Given Big Bad Factory Pork's reach and impact, that's of way more concern to us than a few goose livers.
Gillibrand identity: New York's newest senator believes green energy, local farms could be the cure for what ails us. (Westchester County Business Journal) Related: The indefatigable Jill analyzes Gillibrand's congressional voting record, noting that she "displays some decent stuff about supporting family farms." (La Vida Locavore)
Nein danke, Monsanto! The Berlin Film Fest takes on agribusiness by featuring two documentary food films, "What's On Your Plate," "Food Inc." (which we hope is opening here soon), and "Terra Madre." The organizers also reject finger foods in favor or organic stew. (Yahoo)