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“Eat This! Not That!” presents the solution to the wrong problem

“Get yourself a copy of ‘Eat This, Not That,’" someone told me recently. “It’s flying off the bookstore shelves.” I did pick up a copy. And I’m confused. Written by David Zinczenko, the editor-in-chief of “Men’s Health” magazine, "Eat This, Not That” is highly accessible and fun to read. The premise is...

Pollan painting #4: The golden arches

The latest in a series of interpretive paintings done by 5-year-old Frederick, inspired by his mother’s reading "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and summarizing it for him. (See #1, Children of the corn | #2: Chicken Little at Magic Mountain | #3: Sequoia National Pork) To counteract billions...

Eric Schlosser would rather chew on a wooden podium than cloned meat

The 2008 Ecological Farming Conference (EcoFarm) kicked off in Pacific Grove, CA, tonight with a talk on sustainability given by Eric Schlosser. His best-seller "Fast Food Nation" was not really about food, he said, but about this country's massive experiment in disposability —...

Digest – News: New label controversy, Chipotle toots humane horn, FDA still rumored to approve cloned food

"Naturally raised," our confined ass: Both the USDA and the FDA are reviewing and soliciting public comments for a proposed new label, "naturally raised," as distinct from "natural." The former would attest that the meat came from an animal free of antibiotics and growth...

Local Burger on a mission to serve up fast, healthy, local food

In her two years in business, Hilary Brown has gotten more publicity for her Local Burger restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas, than your average restaurateur can hope to get in twenty. But, then, Brown isn’t your average restaurateur, and Local Burger isn’t your average restaurant. Brown is the...

Digest – Blogs: Pork-barrel politicking, “drive-by” libertarianism, civil disobedience

A big CAFO-nie: Days after appointing the former president of the National Pork Producers Coalition to co-chair her "Rural Americans for Hillary" campaign, Clinton says she would support giving states and counties control over how CAFOs are regulated. That's mighty nice of her, given that they're...

Digest – News: Bad pot pies; DDT linked to breast cancer; yo, Mexico — quiere Taco Bell?

And the latest entry in the contaminated-food sweepstakes is…: ConAgra Foods' Banquet turkey and chicken pot pies. ConAgra is not recalling the pies, which may be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states, but is offering mail-in refunds and store returns. Mighty nice of them. (AP) Now go...

Digest – Commentary: Kingsolver in WashPo, Farm Bill action plans

We (heart) Barbara Kingsolver: The novelist and nest-selling locavore memoirist of late has a piece in the Washington Post about the train wreck of the industrial food system,. TYhink you've heard it all before? We hadn't. She's visited Indian ag actisist Vandana Shiva, who shared this interesting nugget...

Digest – Features: Deenosaur, urban farms, Pollan update

Paula, you make us puke: Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been very good for her sponsor Smithfield Foods, and the company, aka the Death Star of Pork, has been very good to her in return. She's entirely unfazed by how it treats its workers, whose union has staged protests at her appearances — and...

Digest – News & commentary: Killer drought, piling on China, organic tomatoes healthier

NEWS "My salary is tied to how much it rains" (right): The wicked drought in the U.S. encompasses more than a dozen farm-reliant states as far north as Ohio and Indiana but is ravaging the Southeast, producing conditions not seen in more than 50 years in some places, and longer in northern...

Digest – News & Commentary: Stress + fast food = obesity; EU to plant GMOs

NEWS Stressed-out, supersized mice: Researchers have found the neurochemical pathway in mice that makes them fat when subjected to chronic stress and a junk-food diet. They've also found how blocking those signals can prevent fat accumulation and shrink fat deposits, "while stimulating the pathway can...

Digest: Deadly sodas, China defends catfish, HFCS + fat = bad news

NEWS Big gulp, don't swallow: Research from a British university suggests sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in soft drinks, has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA. The problem can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's. (The Independent)...

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