Currently Browsing: Hunting and fishing

The water wars: California’s salmon vs. agribiz interests

By Paul Johnson I've been selling fish for 30 years, and I'm pleased that my store, the Monterey Fish Market, has a reputation for exceptionally fresh and sustainably sourced seafood. We're lucky in that our customers support us in our mission to provide the best possible product that doesn't contribute to...

Canadian restaurants that serve seal come in for criticism

“It’s no worse than veal”: The handful of restaurants in Canada that serve seal got a boost last month, when the European Union banned imports of commercially caught Canadian seal products. Canada allows two different hunts each year: a small one by Inuits in the Arctic that pretty much no one objects to,...

Lack of hippo manure tips ecosystem into failure

Hippo-suction: From Lake Edward in war-torn central Africa comes another example of the complexity of nature. The lake was once a rich and reasonably well-managed source of fish for the region, but now fishing nets are coming up empty. Reasons include unlicensed boats, fishing in the normally off-limits...

Bay Area hunting club shoots and shares wild game

Full-boar assault: The Bull Moose Hunting Society, a hunting club and wild game cooperative based in San Francisco, connects "city folk eager to gain intimacy with the capture and slaughter of the animals they eat." The society helps soft-fingered newbies through the hunting license process, advises on...

Beware: Pirates patrol these waters

By Ben Bowman For the fish-loving Ethicurean, pensive while paddling a small craft through the treacherous Straits of Seafood Uncertainty, the signal ‘Safe Passage Ahead’ beamed from a passing research ship is more than enough to make the heart lift and quicken. This was the effect on the fish-focused...

Pollan painting #3: Sequoia National Pork

The latest in a series of interpretive paintings done by 5-year-old Frederick, inspired by his mother's reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and summarizing it for him. (See #1, Children of the corn and #2: Chicken Little at Magic Mountain.) Michael Pollan’s chapter about boar hunting reminded...

Digest – Commentary: Bottle ballast, foxy argument

California wines turned back in Ohio: Our blog-buddy Tyler Colman lands his "red, white, and green" wine carbon-footprint research in the Times' op-ed section. (New York Times) And a pheasant holiday to you too: Commentator Geoffrey Wheatcroft argues that "on every honest test, from moral to...

Digest – Commentary: Pollan on “sustainability,” more locavore perspectives

Pollan is nice and green, naturally: Michael Pollan uses two of this year's alarming crises — Colony Collapse Disorder in bees and drug-resistant staph (MRSA) that may originate from antibiotics fed to hogs — to illuminate, in his usual elegant way, the breakdown of our cheap-food system, and to...

Digest – Features: Locavore hit Parade, ethical certifiers, attack of the Chinese tomatoes

Praise Jesus. And call Oprah!: Parade magazine — mainstream America's bible — has a story on seeking out locally grown foods for Thanksgiving. Now if we can just get him and her and (might as well dream) her to endorse locavoreanism and ethicureanism, we'll be set. For whom the label tolls: The...

Digest – Blogsnacks: Raw milk, Alice Waters updates; wine’s carbon footprint, defining local

Calling all Californian raw-milk drinkers: David Gumpert is chronicling all the latest twists and turns in the shady saga of AB1735, the handful of words that may have consigned raw milk to the compost pile in California. A raw-food advocate plans to file a court injunction and launch a class action suit....

Digest – Features: Pollan Q&A, the bee middleman, some wild donations to hunger cause

Two P's in a partnership: As part of its "Sow What" special series of food and farming, Grist columnist Tom Philpott interviews Michael Pollan in a Q&A that blessedly doesn't go over the same tired soil (except the Cracker Jacks). Interesting nuggets: congresspeople are now calling Pollan...

LivingSmall in Montana: What’s in your freezer?

Please welcome a new contributor from the real West, Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who writes the LivingSmall blog, grows a garden, and is restoring a 1903 bungalow in Livingston, Montana. She's too modest to say so herself, but she's also the author of the novel Place Last Seen (Picador, 2000), which got...

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