Digest – Blogs & Commentary: Gardening delight, garden delisted

The force that through the green fuse drives the flowers: Food politics news can be depressing. Cheer yourself up by reading this wonderful, funny account of Dylan, a.k.a. “the Best Little Gardener in Deep East Oakland.” This made our night, anyway. (Clebilicious.com; thank you, Rebecca!)

Potemkin gardens, coming to a USDA office near you: And now, time for our regularly scheduled depression. Eddie finds out that the much-lauded USDA “community garden” was never intended to grow food, and probably never will. It was a photo opp that grew legs and ran with them all the way to Fairytale Village. (Obama Foodorama) Also on ObFo: Vilsack thinks his lack of ancestry knowledge gives him kinship with black people. And lots of other great posts.

Naturally we agree: Steve Ells, the founder and co-CEO of Chipotle, has an op-ed on the USDA’s definition of “naturally raised” meat, saying that while it’s “a step in the right direction for our nation’s food supply, [it] doesn’t go nearly far enough.” Chipotle claims to serve “more naturally raised meat (from animals that are raised in a humane way; never given antibiotics, including ionophores, or added hormones, or drugs that behave like hormones; and fed a pure vegetarian diet, with no animal by-products) than any restaurant company in the world.” (Denver Post)

Field trial: Expert Jennifer Ibrahim says food safety needs to start with workers in the field. (Eureka Alert)

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