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Nuggets of truth: The Charlotte Observer carves up the poultry industry

As the massive outcry in response to the Humane Society's expose of a California beef-processing plant shows, Americans are extremely sensitive to the mistreatment of animals — even those we intend to eat. It would be nice if we showed we cared even half as much about the human-rights abuses that are...

The jury is in: A review of Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”

In December 2005 I quit smoking, after 12 years of a cigarette habit that sometimes reached a pack a day. After many, many failed attempts that included nicotine patches, Wellbutrin, and even hypnotherapy (I lit up five minutes after the session), I read a book by Allen Carr called “The Easy Way to...

Digest – Commentary & Blogs: NYT discovers eating local isn’t always green, Alex Avery pretends feedlot beef is

It's about mindset, not just footprint: We  recently called the New York Times main investigative food & ag reporter the "always-excellent" Andrew Martin, but after the Sunday installment of his column The Feed, maybe that adverb should be "usually." In it, he shares the...

Digest – Features: Farmers, dairymen protest govt crackdowns; rare farm-animal breeds; superbugs coming

Note: So many good features since Sunday that we've had to stash half of them after the jump. Rebels with a cause: This kick-ass feature from the Charlottesville weekly C-Ville looks at the government crackdown on farmer Richard Bean of Double H, who was selling uninspected pork at a Virginia farmers...

Digest – Blogs: The war on raw milk, providing a social oasis in a food desert

“It’s like an undeclared war”: David Gumpert talks to Pete Kennedy, a Weston A. Price Foundation lawyer who's in the middle of many of the state and federal cases involving raw milk, about why the government is sooo concerned for the safety of a few "oddballs." (The Complete...

Events: Milk ‘n’ Honey play puts spotlight on what we eat

Back in February at the Food and Society Conference, I met Nicole Betancourt, the producer of the cool-sounding Food Theater Project in New York City, which she told me was in rehearsals for a play about what we eat. Well, the curtain's gone up on Milk 'n' Honey, it's been reviewed by the New York Times,...

Hey Californians — like your raw milk? Drink fast.

About one year ago, my mom, son, and I attended the rally in which Mark McAfee announced the end of the Organic Pastures recall for E. coli 0157:H7. So many interesting people were there. I met families from the Bay Area and Southern California. I shared mountain-blackberry water kefir out of the trunk of...

Good cob, bad cob: “King Corn” isn’t against the grain

We feed ourselves very cheaply now. You see those tremendous fields of corn out there, corn as far as the eye can see? That's the age of plenty. —Earl Butz, former secretary of agriculture, in "King Corn" A terrific new documentary called "King Corn" is opening this Friday in New...

Tongue in chic: On being a modern offal eater, plus recipe for poached beef tongue

Supposing you were asked to make something you've never made before for a potluck. What springs to mind? And what does it say about you? The range of dishes on offer at my friend Rachel's latest edition of Grub provided interesting insight into the culinary personalities of a roomful of (mostly) strangers....

Announcing the netroots ad campaign for Real Food

I'm on the plane, supposedly on vacation as of four hours ago, and yet I can't stop thinking about this Hellman's Mayonnaise campaign for "real" food. It really gets my goat that one company spends as much on advertising to associate its shelf-stable, caged-egg-based food product, also known as...

Digest – Features & blogsnacks: The rise and fall of bottled water, eco-kosher & beekeeping booms

FEATURES Water torture: Fast Company, of all publications, jumps on the anti-bottled-water bandwagon with an excellent look into how "a whole industry grows up around supplying us with something we don't need." Think you've read this saga before? Not in this well-explored detail — and not...

Digest: The scoop on China’s corner-cutting, Mexico goes GM, chocolate label reasoning

NEWS Be afraid. Be very afraid: The New York Times goes to Zhangqiu, a fast-growing industrial city southeast of Beijing, and gets some hair-raising real dirt on China's practices regarding the chemical that probably killed hundreds, if not thousands, of U.S. pets. For years, producers of animal feed all...

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