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San Francisco in stainless steel cookware

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is currently hosting a witty installation by Beijing-based artist Zhan Wang. It's a sculpture of San Francisco made entirely of kitchenware — tongs, graters, pots, serving dishes, tea kettles, and so on. Naturally, each piece is made in China. The photo above shows the...

No-go fish: A review of “Bottomfeeder” by Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe says he wrote "Bottomfeeder" (Bloomsbury USA, May 2008) for a somewhat selfish reason: he wanted to taste the world's great seafood dishes — like bouillabaisse in Marseilles, fish and chips in England, bluefin tuna sashimi in Tokyo — before they disappeared or were dramatically changed by our...

When discrimination is more than OK: Time to call our reps about pesticide policy

Update 4/10: We're hearing from our confidential intel sources on the Hill (OK, an action alert I just received) that the deadline for asking your reps to sign the letter mentioned below has been extended until mid-day tomorrow, 4/11. I just called my rep. The feeling of fulfillment is immense... try it! -E...

Digest – Features: The coming food storm, activists with cameras, bee breeders

Global famine = buy ag stocks: A fascinating, if unappetizing, economics-based look at how "biofuel production, poor harvests and emerging nations' growing appetites are emptying the world's pantry, sending prices soaring." We'll pass on the rec to invest in Monsanto stock, however. (MSN Money)...

Thinking about carbon “foodprints”

The February 25 issue of The New Yorker has an important article by staff writer Michael Specter about some of the economic, logistical, and moral issues related to our individual contributions to the climate crisis* (our "carbon footprints"). In his exploration of the topic, he covers product...

Digest – Commentary: Philpott on cheap-food schadenfreude, rBST booster, make our own damn Farm Bill

Because those who can't do, teach?: "If the end of cheap oil has so far been a bust for the environment, can the end of cheap food do any better?" asks Tom Philpott, who goes on to argue that pricier food probably won't equal more conscious consumption, lower obesity rates, or better environmental...

Sugar policy makes my head buzz

Not the sugar buzz I was hoping for Sometimes the twists and turns of farm and trade policy makes me dizzy. Today's example: sugar. To explain this properly, I'd probably need the creators of the Meatrix to make a short animation, but I'll give it a try, with my information coming from a New York Times...

“The Dying Fields: India’s Forgotten Farmers” on PBS

Just found out from the New York Times that tonight PBS will screen “The Dying Fields,” a Wide Angle installment about the epidemic of suicides among farmers in India. (Amendment: KQED will show it in the Bay Area at 8 pm tomorrow, August 29.) According to the program, Indian farmers in the...

Digest – News & Commentary: plants take antibiotics, USDA plans GMO overhaul

Unintentional "pharming" : University of Minnesota researchers have found that food crops grown in soil nourished with antibiotic-laced animal manure (such as waste from a hog CAFO) will store the antibiotics throughout the plant. Ironically, organic farmers are most dependent on animal manure as...

International trade agreements and your food

At midnight on June 30, President Bush's "Fast Track Trade Authority" expired. Fast Track allowed the President to submit trade deals to Congress for a simple up or down vote — no amendments allowed — thus simplifying the negotiating process. It has been around since the mid-1970s,...

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