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“Good Morning America” — you’re being cornified!

Thanks to reader Henry for alerting us to the recent appearance of "King Corn" filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney on "Good Morning America" with Diane Sawyer. The 5-minute segment was a good summary of the movie's major points, particularly corn's role in American obesity, and also...

“How now, pill-poppin’ cow?”

In the aftermath of the Hallmark/Westland slaughterhouse exposé, henceforth to be known as Downergate, there has been much outrage. Let there now be outraged laughter ... assuming your sense of humor is as sick as mine. I think this animated editorial cartoon about Doreen the Downer Cow, "The...

“We’re never going to get anywhere if we insist on dividing this country into red fruits and blue fruits!”

PETA's smartest PR move ever may be hiring Free Range Studios, the geniuses behind The Meatrix, to co-produce their latest campaign, "The Road to the Greenhouse." The go-vegetarian message is a lot more palatable when served up as a mock debate featuring the presidential candidates of both parties...

Finding common grounds: a review of “Black Gold”

How many cups of coffee do you drink during the day? Now, how many cups of coffee would you guess are consumed every day throughout the world? Not being a hard-core coffee drinker myself – one cup will usually satisfy me, if I even need that – I hadn't given the global coffee trade a whole lot...

Marilyn Manson says “Buy American”

and that "growing takes proteins; meat can be a tasty treat, like fish or human beings" in this surreal video on the food pyramid from the goth rocker: Via U.S. Food...

Straight-from-the-farm guerrilla dining in South Carolina

Cool little video about an underground restaurant event in Charleston, SC, put on by Curious Fork/Furious Cork — "a place where the hungry, curious and adventurous gather to share, inspire or get inspired." And what inspires these hipster Southern chefs is just-picked produce from farmers...

“Have you ever been to the farm?” Let Sesame Street take you

Tomorrow's New York Times Sunday Magazine has a story about the DVD release of “Sesame Street: Old School” that mentions some trippy sequences on farms. I didn't recall any of this from my Sesame Street-watching childhood in the early '70s, so I went trolling YouTube. My favorite: I didn't visit...

Missoula, MT is for the birds — and against them, too

Meloukhia (along with my BoingBoing-reading husband) alerts us to a fantastic multimedia story at New West about how a proposal to legalize backyard chickens in Missoula, Montana, is dividing neighbors. It's the battle of the Locavores/Ethicureans vs. Prissy NIMBYists: In case you're not familiar with it,...

Digest – Blogsnacks: Russ Parsons says “Pay more!”, farmer reality show

Everybody's talking about: Michael Ruhlman gets spanked by Russ Parsons over whether farmers markets cater only to an elite audience who can afford "boutique" prices. The argument is old, but Parsons delivers a peachy-keen fresh take. (Ruhlman.com) Framing farming: Examining the sterile, landless...

“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...

Stephen Colbert on Kellogg’s advertising, antifreeze toothpaste, and obesity drug

Stephen Colbert is doing some of my favorite reporting, fake or otherwise, on the various absurdities of our food system. In April he had a hilarious segment on rBGH, the synthetic hormone uses to boost cows' milk production. Last night there was a repeat of a June show I'd missed, with a "Cheating...

Dinnertime viewing

This cartoon by P.S. Mueller from the May 14 New Yorker reminded me of the BBC Three reality show "Kill It, Cook It, Eat It," which premiered back in March. The premise of the show is for eaters to learn where their meat comes from. Each of the three episodes focused on a single animal — a cow, a lamb, and...

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