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Wear your food politics on your chest #2: HFCS nightmares

We got some nice play on BoingBoing a few days ago (thanks Xeni!) for Ali's post on President-Elect Obama's possible food policy, and there's been an influx of new readers. Welcome! One of them, Aaron Beckwith, emailed to say he and sme friends run a sweatshop-free clothing company, Tshirt Insurgency, that...

Wear the Sun-Food Agenda on your chest

Ethicurean reader Erica Nofi was so moved by Michael Pollan's "Farmer in Chief" policy manifesto in last week's New York Times Magazine food politics issue that she created a T-shirt that visually encapsulates his central message: Let's go back to growing food with sunlight, not oil. After reading Pollan'...

Farmers market snapshot: Bay Area bounty in October

October is Eat Local Challenge month, and we should have made a big deal about it before. However, we have all been pretty swamped — the road to blogging hell is paved with good post intentions. And truth is, all of us treat every month as an eat-local challenge, and mistakenly or not, we kind of assume...

The Bi-Rite Stuff: Sam Mogannam takes grocery retailing to new heights

The San Francisco Chronicle has scooped us here at Edible San Francisco by just a few days, writing about the new venture of Bi-Rite Market grocery store owner Sam Mogannam: Farming. I wrote our cover story for the October/November issue on Sam, the Bi-Rite Farm (that's him in action above), and the history...

Spring fever

The first strawberries arrived at the Saturday Berkeley farmers market, which to me marks the official start of spring. I didn't get any, as I thought I would pick some up on the way back past the one stand that had them (Catalan Farm, I think?) and by then, of course, they were gone. But asparagus became...

Wired’s Infoporn on mapping the price of a calorie

The current issue of Wired (16.01) has an infographic feature I put together, with three visuals overlaying the price per calorie of various foodstuffs with their energy payoff and sugar content. Basically, it shows how the cheapest foods in a supermarket are generally the most likely to make you fat. This...

Farmers market overload

This Hook'n'Go cart, specially designed for farmers markets — a birthday gift from my mom last year, when it was NOT $60, I hope — has been a lifesaver when my personal pack mule husband can't accompany me on my big shops. Saturday was some sort of record -- I think I have 50 pounds of stuff on...

The Ethicurean Holiday Gift Guide 2007

I had mixed feelings about doing this gift guide again, because truthfully, I'm pretty sick of stuff right now. And I was feeling that way even before I watched "The Story of Stuff," a new 20-minute film about what exactly our insatiable urge to consume is doing to our earthly home, and to each...

“A three-ring circus of fruits and vegetables”: Monterey Market in film

I spent part of a beautiful sunny afternoon last weekend watching a documentary about a grocery store. That's right, a documentary about a grocery store. Some of you might be thinking that I saw Robert Greenwald's "Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price" or some other muckraking exposé. No,...

Spring harvests in Montreal

Spring is sprung — even though it is officially over in a few days — and our farmers markets are finally showing some local produce besides last years carrots. Most importantly, asparagus is here. I have been buying and grilling it for almost a week now, and I don't see Noshette and I getting bored of it...

The naked fridge, and some thoughts on pound-foolishness

I know, I know, we were tagged ages ago for the "Blogs That Make You Think" list, and I still haven't posted the nominations I collected from the other Ethicureans. Soon, I swear. But this other meme that's going around the food blogs seemed like a fun break to take in the middle of a dire freelance story,...

Hurray for Hogtown (or as some call it, Toronto)

To celebrate Passover, a time when the Jews wandered 40 years in the desert searching for the land of milk & honey, Noshette and I wandered 4 hours westward in search of organic milk and wild honey (and some other sustainable foods). Noshette was born and raised in Toronto, so we were going there to...

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