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The slaughter bottleneck in buying local meat

Last fall I wrote a piece for Mother Jones' sustainability issue, on how the lack of small-scale slaughter facilities hampers both local meat production and distribution. It was bumped from that issue, along with all the other food coverage, and finally appears in this month's March/April special package on...

Digest – Commentary & blogs: School food programs need to start from scratch, Vilsack unCOOL’d, NYC foodshed

Trays important: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse Foundation director Katrina Heron urge the Obama administration to fix the National School Lunch Program not by throwing a little more money at it, but by starting from scratch. Which means a lot more dough: enough for schools to afford to cook and serve...

Ready, set, go change the food system: A checklist for evaluating the new USDA’s first six months

Above: National Agricultural Library archival image, shot from the Washington Monument in the mid-1920s; US Department of Agriculture greenhouses on the Mall are shown in foreground. The food system in this country has broken down like a rusty old tractor. Or more accurately, like a $250,000,...

Review: New documentary “Food Fight” is more of a lovefest

Ethicurean headquarters in Oakland, CA, should have been the home stadium for a preview screening of "Food Fight," the new documentary by Chris Taylor. After all, this "story of culinary revolt" covers the damage wrought by industrialization of the food system and features star players such as Michael...

Finding real food on the road — all the way across America

By Stephanie Pierce My husband and I recently finished a summer-long adventure in which we toured the northern half of the United States. Even though we were living out of our 1998 minivan — sleeping on a futon we'd equipped with leg-risers to fit in the back — we were determined that one part of our...

Food politics gets a prestigious platform, with Michael Pollan’s manifesto in this Sunday’s NYT Magazine

Michael Pollan — the closest thing the sustainable food movement has to a leader, even if he insists on pretending he remains just a journalist — wants the next president of the United States to pull weeds from the organically managed South Lawn Victory Garden; donate its surplus tons of food to Washington,...

California’s raw-milk bill — skimmed?

California’s ongoing drama about permitting raw (unpasteurized) milk to be sold in stores has turned sour once again this week. Just when it looked like proposed legislation palatable to the raw dairy industry — that would allow those that implemented a more holistic food-safety program to opt out of...

“End Times” for Nebraska Beef?

The wave of ground-beef recalls entangling even Whole Foods has grown to tsunami proportions for Nebraska Beef Ltd.: the amount of beef recalled has reached 6.66 million pounds, as food injury lawyer Bill Marler recently pointed out. If nearly 100 people sick is not enough, the Mark of the Beast's...

California raw milk: Headed for a HACCP?

California legislators, food safety experts, and raw milk advocates met this evening in Sacramento to discuss improving raw milk safety. Legislators passed new language in October that required producers to meet much stricter bacteria standards — legislation strongly opposed by the raw-milk community, who...

When discrimination is more than OK: Time to call our reps about pesticide policy

Update 4/10: We're hearing from our confidential intel sources on the Hill (OK, an action alert I just received) that the deadline for asking your reps to sign the letter mentioned below has been extended until mid-day tomorrow, 4/11. I just called my rep. The feeling of fulfillment is immense... try it! -E...

Digest – Features: Abattoir ambitions, grain stampede, farming the bluefin

Locally raised, locally slaughtered: Farmer Cheryl Ouellette raises pigs, cattle, chickens and ducks on her Summit farm in Pierce County, WA, but she has to drive them all over to be slaughtered. Which is why she's on fire to get a mobile abattoir built — and with all the interest she's sparked, just...

How I taught my kid to curse…and why I blame Big Food

We're very pleased to bring you this guest post from Ali, as we've long been fans of her blog. Ali says she was once a nugget-snarfing, soda-guzzling, TV dinner kind of gal. Since then she has come to her senses, and is doing her best to raise healthy kids in a Froot Snack world. When she's not at her local...

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