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Digest – Blogs, features, opinions: Michigan builds local, peanut pontification, and snacks from the sea

Eating local, even below zero: More than a hundred people gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan to plan for the growth of the region's local food movement and feasted on local greens, squash, beans, meat, and other goodies. Organizers hope that the products of the 2009 Local Food Summit will "transform the way...

Digest – News: Vilsack updates, Clif Bars recalled, OJ CO2

Tractor tire hits the dirt: After clearing the Senate confirmation process, new USDA chief Tom Vilsack gets to work. (Des Moines Register) Meanwhile, speculation abounds on who may join him at the agency (CongressDaily). Advocates are already pushing the new Sec to change some of Bush's misguided policies,...

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...

Digest: Food’s future heats up, dairy prices tank, and we ask FDA to hold the peanut butter

Incompetence sandwich: 400 people have been sickened nationwide by a Salmonella outbreak linked to King Nut peanut butter, and while the company has quickly responded with a voluntary recall, the FDA has yet to issue a press release telling the public they should avoid the stuff. Are they nuts? (CNN.com)...

Weed’em and reap

Now that our Victory Gardens are starting to burst with the fruits (and vegetables) of our labors, those of us who have just recovered from the physical exhaustion of planting the crops find there's "no rest for the wicked" — or at least not in regard to weeding. In between rows, interspersed with seedlings...

Salon.com plays the locavoreanism-debunking game

The type of article lamented by a few commenters on my recent post about food miles vs. food choices made an appearance in Salon a few days ago. Starting with a provocative headline ("Is local food really miles better?") and subtitle ("Many of us now count 'food miles.' But local fruits and veggies may not...

Fighting climate change: Food miles vs. food choices

If you want to fight global warming with your diet, it is better to change what you eat than where it comes from, according to a recently published article in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology.* Analysis by Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews, professors in the Department...

Getting a handle on sustainability: It’s the ecosystem (stupid)

Caption: Monterey Bay Aquarium visitors watch a small bluefin tuna (center). If world overfishing of this top predator doesn't slow soon, aquariums may be the only places to see one. The word "sustainability" came up a lot at the Sustainable Food Institute portion of the Cooking for Solutions 2008 shindig...

Bay Area event: A discussion of climate-friendly eating

Tomorrow night (Monday, March 31) I'm moderating a discussion about making environmentally conscious food choices, sponsored by CUESA. It's a pretty great panel — all women, incidentally: Helene York, Director of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and Project Director of the...

Climate change already yielding food disruptions

A recurring theme of last fall's Kaw Valley Farm Tour was the terrible, killing freeze of the preceding spring. Now, scientists are suggesting that climate change may mean more of the same, and that's bad news for local food in places with four seasons, a.k.a. most of the country. The March issue of...

Thinking about carbon “foodprints”

The February 25 issue of The New Yorker has an important article by staff writer Michael Specter about some of the economic, logistical, and moral issues related to our individual contributions to the climate crisis* (our "carbon footprints"). In his exploration of the topic, he covers product...

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