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Digest – Features & Blogs: Convention frenzy, local meat gets scrapped, and Michelle’s big announcement

O-yeah: Michelle Obama tells Oprah that she's planning a veggie garden on the lawn of the White House in order to "use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet." The President won't be able...

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 – News: The California conundrum, Monsanto at large, and tuna testing (not to be tried at home)

A new growth export market - the revolving door: U.S. government agencies are imploring foreign countries to bring their food safety regulations up to the (arguably pretty low) U.S. par, but the buck doesn't stop there: countries like India are being pushed to develop regulations on GM crops, industrial...

Digest – News: Flesh-eating bacteria, wallet-eating food companies, and eating, righteously

Makes your skin crawl: As previously reported here, a flesh-eating, antibiotic resistant bacteria is killing 18,000 Americans a year and is carried by 45% of farmers and 49% of pigs in Iowa. Nicholas Kristof's piece concludes that we may be getting more than we bargained for in creating a food system that...

Digest – News: Salmon synergy, Whole Foods less whole, rotation’s right

Slammed by synergism: Researchers expose juvenile coho salmon to combinations of commonly-used agricultral pesticides. For two-thirds of the pesticide combinations, they find that the effect of the combination is greater than the sum of the impacts of the individual pesticides (i.e. the combo has...

Digest – News: Seeds grow, even in prison; allergy nuts; and the return of the pear

Growing hope: U.S. prisons are notoriously bad at rehabilitating inmates and preparing them to return to public life, but San Quentin is trying to change that. How? By providing an organic garden that residents can care for. "It reminds me of being with my grandmother," says one inmate. "It saved my life."...

Digest – News: Meat on the move, the chains of biotech, resources for organic

Drop it like it's hot: Brazilian beef giant JBS, which snagged Smithfield's beef business last March, abandoned plans to purchase U.S. National Beef Packing Co. on Friday. The JBS/National Beef merger was under anti-trust investigation by the Justice Department, which celebrated JBS' decision and claimed...

Digest – News: Vilsack’s singing our song, but he ain’t our valentine yet

Yeah OK, we're listening: The WashPo's Jane Black interviews new Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who says that being an overweight kid has given him insight into childhood nutrition problems, that in an ideal world all food would be purchased locally, and that the USDA needs to help build the...

Edible San Francisco’s Meat Issue

The latest Edible San Francisco (of which I am deputy editor) is the Meat Issue and has several articles available online that I think will also be of interest to Ethicurean readers. Head over to ESF's website to read them (and please leave feedback in the comments — we need letters to the editor!). At...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork

By Samin Nosrat | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork Before Edible San Francisco readers start lobbing flaming Molotov pigtails at me, let me say that as a cook, I was brought up in the Chez Panisse kitchen. And as a writer, I've studied with...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork

By Bonnie Azab Powell | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork I have to confess something: I have a hog in this race. In addition to being a freelance writer and editor, I moonlight as a meat slinger, volunteering for Clark Summit Farm in Tomales,...

Taxing cows to curb climate change

When you fill your car's tank, you pay a gas tax. Someday, when you fill your belly with cheese, milk, or steak, you might have to pay another type of gas tax — one levied on the methane and nitrous oxide emitted by the cows that produced or became your food. Bacteria in a cow's gut help digest what the cow...

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