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Ethicurean’s Marc interviewed on Berkeleyside

Marc my words: Ethicurean co-editor Marc Rumminger talks about which cookbook authors and local-food purveyors he admires for an interview on Berkeley Bites. His personal blog, Mental Masala, was recently named a blog with bite and featured on food rockstar Mark Bittman’s recently launched group site. Yay...

Ethicurean nominated for Treehugger Best of Green award!

The Ethicurean has been nominated for a TreeHugger.com Best of Green award, in the Food & Health category. The Best of Green Awards recognize "the people, companies and ideas doing the best in walking the sustainability walk within their respective fields," and the candidates are suggested by readers...

Behavioral economics and the food system

The human mind is fascinating. Understanding how we make decisions, how we form preferences, how we think about the future is not only intellectually interesting, but can also help us understand the dynamics of national conversations and find solutions to some of today's most pressing problems. The national...

Spy on Smithfield, Polyface, and more

Flyover country: Tufts University professor Parke Wilde has a little fun with Google Maps and Google Earth, zooming in on 10 eclectically chosen "U.S. food policy destinations," from the world's largest pork slaughterhouse — the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel, NC — to pineapple countryside in Hawaii, "just...

Grow for it: A message about food from the president

In 1945, during the fourth year of America's direct involvement in World War II, President Harry Truman issued a proclamation about food. He called for those on the home front to plant larger victory gardens, to preserve more food, and to minimize food waste. This proclamation came after years of propaganda...

Housekeeping notice: Coming changes to the Ethicurean

The Ethicurean is approaching its third birthday, and we are attempting to implement some long overdue changes. A major redesign is in the works that we hope will make the blog more useful and more importantly, allow it to start being self-sustaining, that is, generate some revenue. Some of this may come...

April Fool’s, now and then

You've probably guessed by now that Marc's post about bacon popcorn below is a spoof. It may have been too plausible a concept; last year's wildly improbable April Fool's Digest did actually snare a few people. Elsewhere on the foolish Web, Ethicurean frequent commenter and Vermont hog farmer Walter...

A valentine for my farm

It's that time of year...we are inclined to dig up our innermost feelings for our loved ones and shower those lucky souls with evidence of that love. Cards, candies, and caring words in celebration of relationships. I am doting on the relationship that keeps me alive and well. Often neglected and in a...

Edible San Francisco’s Meat Issue

The latest Edible San Francisco (of which I am deputy editor) is the Meat Issue and has several articles available online that I think will also be of interest to Ethicurean readers. Head over to ESF's website to read them (and please leave feedback in the comments — we need letters to the editor!). At...

Snapshot of the American diet

I find this juxtaposition of establishments at the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, California, a good illustration of the "nutritionism" philosophy that is the foundation of many Americans' culinary consciousness. Grab some chicken wings for an appetizer and a cheese-steak sandwich for the main course, but as...

“Farmers market, Vegas style — this city’s got no SOLE”

Former SF Chronicle food reporter and Friend o'Ethicurean Carol Ness visited Las Vegas recently and posted this photo, taken in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel, to her Facebook profile with the headline above as caption. She was quite unimpressed with the city's sustainable, organic, local, and/or ethical...

Gary Nabhan: Those who forget history are doomed to re-eat it

Above the din of the enthusiastic multitude of Green Festival attendees in San Francisco, renowned author, ethnobotanist, food preservationist, and historian Gary Paul Nabhan gave a whirlwind tour of topics with global, regional, and personal scope. Nabhan started with a big-picture perspective. The current...

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