‘Revolution’ off to contentious and hopeful start

The ABC preview of "Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” Sunday night has me modestly hopeful that ordinary Americans — those largely untouched by the movement to improve diet and agriculture — might watch and learn. “Revolution” puts reality TV’s conflict-based formula to work by sending celebrity chef Oliver...

Report scrutinizes ties between Big Food, health organizations

Ignore the man behind the curtain: Reporters Rick Montgomery and Alan Bavley examine the “marriages of convenience” between unhealthy food producers and organizations aimed at promoting health, such as the newly announced alliance between Coca Cola and the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Kansas City...

Digest: Food reform, meals deformed, famine being formed

Prescription for better food; At the end of a review of Food Inc., Ed Bruske (friend of Ethicurean) offers a short and worthy list of steps the government can take to improve our food system. (The Slow Cook) Economy down, servings up; Damn the health consequences! Fuller platters ahead...at least at many...

Missouri’s Heartland Harvest Garden should inspire edible gardeners everywhere

If the whole "edible landscape" notion has failed to appeal to you, the Heartland Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens in Missouri just might make you reconsider. Officially open as of June 14, Heartland Harvest Garden is a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite. Comprising 12 acres of edible landscape,...

Kansas Senate leaves rBST milk labels on ag committee floor

No crying over milk labeling: The Kansas Senate apparently won't even attempt to override former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's veto of legislation (as described in the Lawrence Journal-World) bearing complicated milk-labeling rules. The proposed law would have restricted dairies that wanted to tell customers...

‘Killer’ movie tells who to charge for the large

"Killer at Large," a new documentary DVD, is a veritable banquet of obesity information, serving up copious facts and personal tales about the American obesity epidemic that threatens to shorten the life span of the current generation of young people. Alas, the movie provides only a dollop of solutions...

CSA to deliver education along with produce

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be picking up my first CSA delivery of the year in late April. When I do, it will be the 16th consecutive spring that the Rolling Prairie farmers have unloaded their goods and distributed them to subscribers in Lawrence, Kansas. Those facts — the 16th year and the...

PR debacle for HFCS: Care for some mercury with your oatmeal?

That much-debated sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup, is going to need more than a pricey PR campaign to fix this one. After one set of scientists found mercury — yes, everyone's favorite brain-impairing element — in almost half of commercial HFCS, another bunch of scientists decided to get specific and...

Sweet potatoes provide Kansans multiple culinary possibilities and new crop potential

One Kansas City-area program had lots of sweet potato plants, while another had people who know how to cook sweet-potato greens. The two got together recently and showed off the culinary possibilities to a gathering of people interested in good food and sustainable agriculture. The result was an array of...

Mini-Digest: Food stamps, belly cramps, and more

And make it snappy: USDA puts a new face on food stamps which, if you didn't know, are actually more like debit cards these days. Hence, it isn't the Food Stamp Program anymore; it's the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka SNAP. (USDA) Slaughterhouse ills? Scientists find that chickens and...

Mini-digest: Frankenfoods, fisheries, and folly

Fast-growing feedlot salmon are just what the world needs: Not to worry — the agency that oversaw such drug debacles as Vioxx has issued rules on transgenic animals. Thanks, agribiz, for making sure nobody wants to import American food. Hell, we wouldn't.  (FDA, New York Times) Sharing the catch: After...

Red alert! Americans are concerned about food safety!

Crank up the RSS feed! The news is out that Americans are worried about the safety of their food supply. This astonishing revelation comes to us via the Center for Food Integrity, an organization established just last year in Kansas City, Mo., "to increase consumer trust and confidence in the contemporary...

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