Ripe time, ripe place: In England, a groundswell of food growers outstrips supply of land

My piece about allotment gardening in the United Kingdom has just been published in the Washington Post food section. If you're not familiar with allotments, they're the English version of America's community gardens, only the plots are much, much bigger (averaging 2,700 square feet), and they have long...

Vote! Organic Film Trailer Competition finalists announced

The Organic Summit has announced the 12 finalists for its first annual Organic Film Trailer Competition, and voting is open. Cosponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, the summit is a leadership conference (this year June 3-5 in Washington state) that brings together organic producers and food...

Ethicurean redesign is a little half-baked

Whenever I attempt to have more than four people over for dinner at a time, I quickly get out of my depth. I don't plan what has to go in the oven when very well, and inevitably I'm racing around in a sweaty freak-out until just minutes before the guests arrive — and sometimes even after. It's not a pretty...

Ask the Ethicurean: How do I work to change the food system?

We recently received an email from a reader asking for career advice on how best to make a difference in the food system. He has given me permission to post it here with his name removed — I'll call him Reader D instead. Our suggestions follow, and we'd love to hear yours as well. I have been reading The...

CDC briefing: Novel H1N1 virus not raging out of control yet

The Centers for Disease Control held a press briefing this morning at 1 p.m. EST about the "novel H1N1" virus. Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director for the Science and Public Health Program, and influenza expert Nancy Cox gave updated statistics: there are 226 confirmed cases in the U.S. in 30 states, up...

Global Grocer illustrates how cosmopolitan our carts are

Here's an interesting companion piece to the New York Times farming maps we just Digested below. Food & Water Watch has created a Web education tool illustrating just how much America has increased its imports of certain foods, and how risky these products can be. The Global Grocer lets visitors shop at...

Retrovore shows how to start plants from seeds

Not too long ago food-politics blogging pioneer Kerry Trueman — who used to write primarily at Eating Liberally (which she cofounded) but now blogs around like a shameless agtivist hussy (and I mean that in the most admiring way) — started a cool new resource site, Retrovore.com, with her equally awesome...

A visual depiction of the US slaughterhouse industry

Extremely chilling animation depicting the rate of slaughter, in real time, of chickens, pigs, and cows last year in the USA. [Click image or here to go to Herbivore blog and...

BAMCO backs Florida tomato pickers in fight for fair labor standards

Jane Black reports in the Washington Post that the gigantic U.S. food-service company Bon Appetit Management Company has partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to take on Florida's shamelessly, and infamously abusive tomato growers in what we hope will be a very effective...

Housekeeping notice: Coming changes to the Ethicurean

The Ethicurean is approaching its third birthday, and we are attempting to implement some long overdue changes. A major redesign is in the works that we hope will make the blog more useful and more importantly, allow it to start being self-sustaining, that is, generate some revenue. Some of this may come...

WK Kellogg’s Food and Society 2009: Follow the foundation funding

I've just come back from the WK Kellogg Foundation's invitation-only Food and Society conference in San Jose, CA, where I was hanging out on the foundation's dime with about 500 other assorted people working to change the food system — from grassroots activists to nutritionists, school-food administrators,...

What two 19th-century cities can teach us about community-based food systems

While compiling this week's (long overdue) Digest, I came across the excellent infographic above in Yes! magazine's April issue, which is all about growing a food revolution. It nicely collects all of the inputs — homegrown seed, clean energy, regional processing plants, grow-your-own programs — that...

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