The Eat Well Guide v2.0: Finding SOLE food on the road

Bonnie P.: One of the things I have enjoyed most about starting this blog is the number of people it has brought me into contact with who are passionate about finding, supporting, and popularizing SOLE food. Here at the Ethicurean, we're trying to create an online hub for that community in various ways...

Eating local in Tucson for the holidays

The following is by Ethicurean buddy Rachel Cole. Rachel has worked for Alice Waters's Cafe Fanny, apprenticed on an organic farm, and worked with Jessica Prentice at Three Stone Hearth Community Kitchen. She is in her final year of a master’s in holistic health education at John F. Kennedy University...

Monsanto acquires Ethicurean in surprise takeover

Special to The Ethicurean, by Barry Foy Reactions ranged from bewilderment to outrage at Ethicurean.com today, following news that the food watchdog had fallen victim to a hostile takeover by chemical/genetics giant Monsanto Corp. Monsanto’s announcement was upbeat: “We are pleased to welcome...

Extreme “Locavore” Household Vows Not to Forage Further Than Own Refrigerator

By Barry Foy, Special to The Ethicurean BAKER HEIGHTS, WA — Only a few miles outside the town of Mount Vernon, in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, the Diaz-Elliott family recently embarked on a bold experiment in local food sourcing. In hopes of reducing their carbon footprint by minimizing the...

Guest post: A Vermont hog farmer’s opinion of the proposed “Naturally Raised” label

The following is from Walter Jeffries, who raises hogs on pasture in Vermont at Sugar Mountain Farm. A while back I wrote that the USDA was stealing the term Naturally Grown. Well, they have done so. No need to listen to comments from the people. No need to wait for the rule to be implemented. They just...

Digest: Special Farm Bill outrage edition

Our indefatigable Farm Bill-blogging friends at the Center for Rural Affairs have contributed this post. Advocates for farm bill reform have worked for well over a year in an effort to secure meaningful payment limits on farm program subsides. On Thursday we lost a vote in the U.S. Senate on the...

First delivery of devilry from “The Devil’s Food Dictionary”

We've got a new series for you, contributed by Barry Foy of The Devil's Food Dictionary, that "pioneering culinary reference work consisting entirely of lies." Barry has selected a few definitions — out of his 800 or so mouth-puckeringly tart entries — that we think we will amuse...

Digest – Rural: Small towns get smaller, the sultan of subsidies, Collin it like he sees it

Contributed by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs. Ghost towns: Rural communities can lose people from net outmigration or from a death rate that outpaces the birth rate. Some counties are losing population because of both. (Daily Yonder) One stoplight, one doctor: Not every physician can remove an...

Digest – Farm and Rural: Dairy lobby saddles up, genetic monocultures, light pheasantries

Contributed by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs. Milking the Farm Bill: One intriguing aspect of the 2007 Farm Bill is the lack of controversy over the dairy program, a source of much tension in previous farm bills. But some Vermont dairy farmers are pushing for a new price stabilization fee,...

Growing into a farmer

Please welcome our newest guest contributor, Rebecca Lay, a farmer in Western Massachusetts. Rebecca works part-time at an independent record label, calls for contra-dances, and also writes for her blog, Tomato Hands. I know the exact moment when I became a farmer. I didn't realize what was happening at the...

Digest – Farm & rural: Farm Bill battle to re-commence, the future of rural America

Contributed by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs. Rural ghettos: After 40 years of population loss, some Kansans are arguing that unlimited farm subsidies are turning American agriculture into an industry, and rural America into a ghetto. (Parsons Sun) Second time's a charm?: We lost the battle...

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