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Hannibal Peckter: When being Mother Hen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Post updated 11:27 a.m. with punnier new headline, hat tip to Impolite Company Editor's note: We're pleased to announce that frequent guest contributor Debra Eschmeyer has consented to join the Ethicurean team. Debra is an Ohio organic farmer, farm-to-school activist, and one of this year's distinguished...

Waiting is the harvest part

If you've been wondering, "Whatever happened to those Victory Gardens you Ethicureans were tending?" — well, truth is, after that last big burst of excitement with tomatoes and such finally ripening, things have kind of gone downhill. It had to happen, of course. Let's face it: in most of our areas (save...

Celebrating food independence: A review of “Depletion and Abundance”

OK, quick check: everyone who is concerned about the economic crisis turning into a depression and causing food and fuel prices to rise and pockets to empty — whether for yourself, your parents, your children, your neighbors, your friends, or anyone — raise your hand. That covers about everyone, doesn't...

Victory Garden update: Finally, everyone’s eating something

Lately we've seen a bumper crop of articles extolling the virtues of gardening. Sure, it's a great way to reduce your food costs at a time when those prices are experiencing rapid growth spurts. But it's more than that: gardens can be environmentally friendly and even (in our dreams, perhaps) politically...

Victory Garden update: Getting in a few good digs

Memorial Day weekend, though mostly seen as the first taste of summer vacation, also gives us time to reflect on the meaning of patriotism. For those of us who garden, it offers a little of both, especially now that more and more people are viewing their Victory Gardens as a way to save our country and our...

We’re seeding a trend here…

Maybe a collective spring fever is making its way around the Internet, but I've seen and read more about gardens lately than I have in a long time. If you somehow missed the hubbub this past week, Michael Pollan published a piece in last Sunday's New York Times titled "Why Bother?" Addressing the issues of...

Announcing the Bay Area’s newest meat CSA: the Clark Summit Farm Meat Club!

In September 2006 I complained to then-San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carol Ness that there were plenty of veggie Community Supported Agriculture programs in the Bay Area, but none that would give you a selection of chicken, beef, pork, and eggs every month. She quoted me as saying I thought someone...

Meeting my meat at Garden of Eden/Lionette’s Market in Boston

Johanna Kolodny is dedicated to working to change the food system at multiple levels. She has worked with the NYC Greenmarket and Slow Food, and taught undergraduate courses about the food system. A graduate of Williams College, she received her MA in Food Studies from New York University. On a frigid...

Coming out of hibernation

Finally, after 3 months of blizzards, winter seems to be showing signs of weakness in Montreal. I'm sure this doesn't mean that winter is over, even though spring officially began over two weeks ago, but still, today the sun was shining and the snow was melting, and people were out on the streets, chatting....

Bake on the wild side: Part 2, the bread

In part 1 of "Bake on the wild side," I wrote about how to create a sourdough starter and some of the science behind it. In this post I'll tell how I used the starter to make loaves of bread. There are many different ways to turn sourdough starter into bread: some easy, some complicated. My...

Canadian government wants feedback on food safety

On December 17, 2007, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the government will be implementing a new "Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan". Apparently, the federal health and agriculture departments want feedback from Canadians on how the government should carry out its proposed...

Digest – Blogs: Test your 2007 food-politics knowledge, Nestle on low-fat, ethics of hair mats

Attention regular Digest readers!!!: Get thee over to The Cleaner Plate Club, where Ali has concocted a most amusing "2007: The Food Quiz" for you, with multiple-choice questions like "How many pounds of beef products were recalled this year due to E. Coli?" We only missed two. You?...

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