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Biotech & Big Pharma rolling out exciting new holiday products

By Barry Foy When it comes to Christmas cheer, St. Nick has nothing on the big biotech and pharmaceutical firms this year, with the release of an unprecedented number of holiday-related products expected over the next few weeks. Given the sector's legendary lack of sentimentality, this nod toward tradition...

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ethicureans

I hope all of you are getting ready to enjoy a locally inspired feast, or one with at least a couple Ethicureanish dishes on the menu. I'm a bit sad I won't be cooking at home this year. I'm unfortunately stalled in the airport en route to Scottsdale, AZ, where if the rain lets up I shall be hanging out...

Friday musical interlude: Obama, Wilco at Farm Aid 2005

Here's something to start the weekend off pleasantly: soon-to-be-Ethicurean Debra Eschmeyer posted this Farm Aid 2005 video on Facebook, with Barack Obama first talking about family farmers then introducing the band Wilco — three things I really care about, all together in six minutes. (My iPhone's ringtone...

Not too cool for gruel: Wyoming, MI schoolkids interested in showers, oatmeal

By Stephanie Pierce I guess I have always known I was weird, but I didn't realize that I fit the profile for a bona-fide social deviant until a few weeks ago, when my good friend and housemate Catye asked my husband and me to come and speak to her high-school sociology classes about our lives as "productive...

Report from TASTE3: Peter Reinhart on life and death in breadmaking

At the TASTE3 conference in Napa, instructor and author Peter Reinhart told a fascinating life-and-death tale about breadmaking. Although a baker with Reinhart's years of experience might have some tales of Lethal Weapon-style escapes from exploding flour mills or daring bread-delivery runs through a...

Report from TASTE3 – Artist Chris Jordan “runs the numbers” for everyday actions

"Paper Bags" by Chris Jordan, www.chrisjordan.com, used with permission When artist Chris Jordan (right) began the first talk of the 2008 TASTE3 conference, the audience was excited, engaged, and ready to learn. But with his first few slides — paper bags, plastic cups, water bottles — they started squirming...

Turnips are takin’ it to the streets

While walking down Broadway in Oakland (between 30th and Brook), I came across the remarkable poster shown above. A Google search for "Edible Root Crew" turned up nothing. Is this the work of some nearby youth gardeners? Or are the words on the poster some kind of urban slang? Or could it be that the people...

Angst, activism, and art: Inspiration from Gary Snyder and Aleksandar Hemon

Although we Ethicureans occasionally invite you to examine the contents of our refrigerators, to check out our gardens, and even laugh at our cooking mistakes, this is not a "personal" blog. Or it's not supposed to be, anyway. So I am hesitant to explain why I have not been a visible presence here of late:...

The cost of being cool: Refrigeration energy in the food system

On my post about food miles vs. food choices, commenter Mike wondered how much energy is used in the "cold chain" of the food system. The answer: Quite a bit. A report from the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) at the University of Michigan (ref. 1 below) provides a breakdown of the energy used in the...

Signs of the Dietgeist: SOLE, status symbols, and satire

A friend sent me this card from SomeeCards ("When you care enough to click send"): You know something's reached a tipping point when it gets its own hipster greeting card. And hey, has someone been spying on my refrigerator's crisper...

Music for Ethicurean ears: Carbon/Silicon’s “The News”

I've been wanting to launch a series on "Ethicureanish" music, and a friend in England has just turned me on to a great band with which to start. Carbon/Silicon is the project of Mick Jones (formerly of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik). They make...

Bluefin tuna finally extinct: “Well worth it,” say sushi fans

By Barry Foy, Special to the Ethicurean The glimmer of international celebrity outshone the chandeliers in Tokyo’s most expensive hotel on Sunday night, as heads of state, movie stars, and tycoons gathered for what trendspotters predicted would be the party of the year. Flanked by reporters and bodyguards,...

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