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Digest: Bacteria love, food bill of rights, more hogfarm lawsuits, Glassner revisited

Fiber — like armor for your gut: Thought there was nothing new to say about last year's E. coli outbreaks? Think again. This op-ed says the best defense against the bad bugs starts with your own stomach: eat more fiber, so your gut's bacteria can fight off invaders. Recommended are onions, leeks, garlic,...

Digest: Future food-industry scientists, stealthy Pepsi, turkey hunting in Napa

New York Times*: The youth organization once known as Future Farmers of America is thriving, having dropped any reference to actual farming from its name. The membership has changed as well: more FFA members now come from towns & suburbs and want to be not farmers, but food-industry scientists, seed...

Digest: Where the wild things aren’t, Terra firma plans, slo-growing

Diner's Journal/NYT blog: Ever take a walk on the wild side in restaurants? Dairy Queen likes to — which is why she's shocked and embarrassed to learn from NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni that by law, the "wild" game served in U.S. restaurants is not exactly Bambi and Thumper, but more Old MacDonald....

The joy of the ‘Joy of Cooking,’ circa 1962

This posted is rated NV: Not for Vegetarians. A friend in the book-publishing industry was dining at our house last week and rhapsodizing about old Joy of Cooking editions, particularly the illustrations from the '60s. Lo and behold, on my shelf was a 1962 edition my father had given me. The book opens with...

Digest: Gene Revolution’s fine print, snacking research, mad deer disease

Des Moines Register: An op-ed lauds the Gates Foundation's support of African agriculture as a coming Gene Revolution — saying biotech will be critical to restoring that "blighted land." Why? It's "uniquely suited to address a fundamental problem that many poor farmers face: the enormous stumbling block of...

Digest: Hog bust, Fox in the organic henhouse, Mason Q&A

The HooK (VA): Cover story about how USDA officials came onto a Christian couple's 153-acre farm in remote Virginia, quarantined it, and killed 79 of their pigs with shotguns because they suspected they had pseudorabies, a highly contagious swine infection not dangerous to people -- and that doesn't make...

What else we’re reading

Toronto Star: A funny semi-review mocking the machismo in Bill Buford's new book Heat. Concludes with some crowd-pleasing points about a "quiet revolution" and a "paradigm shift" toward "a love of food in its purest, unrefined, unbleached, un-prepackaged, locally grown, ethically responsible way." New York...

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