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Ask the Ethicurean: How do I work to change the food system?

We recently received an email from a reader asking for career advice on how best to make a difference in the food system. He has given me permission to post it here with his name removed — I'll call him Reader D instead. Our suggestions follow, and we'd love to hear yours as well. I have been reading The...

Ask the Ethicurean: What will vog do to my veggies?

We're reviving the Ask the Ethicurean column by plucking a recent question from the comments section. Send your burning questions about SOLE food to t...@ethicurean.com and we'll use our collective brain, contact list, and PhD in Googling to guess at the answer for you. Aloha, I too have an organic garden...

The cost of being cool: Refrigeration energy in the food system

On my post about food miles vs. food choices, commenter Mike wondered how much energy is used in the "cold chain" of the food system. The answer: Quite a bit. A report from the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) at the University of Michigan (ref. 1 below) provides a breakdown of the energy used in the...

Signs of the dietgeist: Ethical eating everywhere

The Washington Post had a nice, if slightly bemused, article on Meatpaper in the Style section today, about how the magazine believes "that meat, and the endless variety of rituals, symbolism and taboos surrounding it, can tell us a lot about our fellow humans." (For some reason the Post refers to me as the...

Five questions for the Ethicureans

Sorry for the additional tooting of our horn, but last week the food writer and chef Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," ran a brief interview with us Ethicureans on his blog Kitchen Table. His staff asked us to weigh in on what we thought were the top...

Ask the Ethicurean: Ethical, environmental and health issues regarding seafood

Chipotle Gloria requested by email: "Can you point me to any resources that will help me learn more about the ethical and environmental considerations surrounding fish as food?" The approach depends on which of us you ask. The Butter Bitch loathes all foodstuffs that come from water, with the exception of...

Ask the Ethicurean: Washington and U.S. Raw Milk Jurisdiction, and a nod to Canada

Curious asks: "Does Washington state have special rules for selling raw dairy products in state? I thought the FDA put the ax to selling raw milk awhile ago…." Broadly speaking, the FDA has jurisdiction over food safety that involves food that crosses state lines. Individual states have jurisdiction over...

Ask the Ethicurean: What is a whole grain?

Omniho suggested a while ago that we start a regular feature called "Ask the Ethicurean," in which readers pose ethical-eating dilemmas or inquire about brands you'd like us to investigate. Chances are we won't know the answer offhand, but with the help of Google, Lexis-Nexis, access to academic and...