Straight to the superbug supersource: Q&A with Maryn McKenna about MRSA in people — and pigs

Everyone's up in arms about historian James McWilliams' New York Times op-ed last week, misleadingly headlined "Free-Range Trichinosis," about how a study found more pathogens in pastured pigs than factory ones. Many bloggers have taken McWilliams to task for omitting the industry funding source for the...

April Fool’s, now and then

You've probably guessed by now that Marc's post about bacon popcorn below is a spoof. It may have been too plausible a concept; last year's wildly improbable April Fool's Digest did actually snare a few people. Elsewhere on the foolish Web, Ethicurean frequent commenter and Vermont hog farmer Walter...

Postcard from England: Farm Collective opens cafe

Earlier this month I spent 10 days in England, visiting friends from grad school in London, Hove (near Brighton), and Diss (near Norwich). I was there for fun, but it was impossible not to see with Ethicurean eyes just how far ahead of America the UK is when it comes to chewing the right thing. Here's the...

Marlow & Daughters butcher shop: “This meat is our reputation”

A recent Coolhunting.com video highlights Marlow & Daughters, an old-world style butcher in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. In it, bartender-turned-butcher Tom Mylan explains why the shop works only with whole animals, how he learned to cut meat, and Marlow & Daughters' laudable philosophy:...

The slaughter bottleneck in buying local meat

Last fall I wrote a piece for Mother Jones' sustainability issue, on how the lack of small-scale slaughter facilities hampers both local meat production and distribution. It was bumped from that issue, along with all the other food coverage, and finally appears in this month's March/April special package on...

Eat, drink, think: San Franciscans, come play Edible Pursuit this Sunday!

As anyone who's opened up a magazine or a newspaper recently knows, the print publishing industry is in deep trouble. (When the New Yorker has not a single ad between the inside cover and the Table of Contents, that's kind of like walking into Chez Panisse at 7 on a Friday night and finding it half empty.)...

Technical difficulties

Update 2:15 pm PST: due to site maintenance and um, a mad scramble to troubleshoot the WP system, comments and other features will be unavailable for a few hours. Due to my foot-dragging, our blog host decided to upgrade up us to WordPress 2.7.1 without saving any of our jury-rigged templates. Please excuse...

Edible San Francisco’s Meat Issue

The latest Edible San Francisco (of which I am deputy editor) is the Meat Issue and has several articles available online that I think will also be of interest to Ethicurean readers. Head over to ESF's website to read them (and please leave feedback in the comments — we need letters to the editor!). At...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork

By Bonnie Azab Powell | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork I have to confess something: I have a hog in this race. In addition to being a freelance writer and editor, I moonlight as a meat slinger, volunteering for Clark Summit Farm in Tomales,...

All hail the new Eater in Chief

We may not have gotten the Farmer in Chief we were dreaming for, but I am cautiously hopeful that the 44th president of the United States is going to move us a little closer to a sane food system. That's despite the fact that the inauguration speech delivered by President Barack Hussein Obama — oh how I...

Mark Bittman on Cooking Up a Story

Mark Bittman, whose "How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food" is the best present you can give a young wannabe cook — I still turn to my decrepit copy weekly for simple, delicious, reliable recipes — has become quite vocal in the past year or so about how important it is to chew the...

Rumors flying about the U.S. Department of Agribusiness as Usual

In the mad scramble preceding Tuesday's droolingly anticipated handover of executive power, there are a lot of politics happening at light speed. And some of them, apparently, are bad news — especially if you're someone who eats food. Yes, that would be you, me, and everyone we know. The rumor mill is...

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