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This is what democracy looks like

Today is a big day for all of us who believe not only in sustainable food and agriculture systems, but also in the democratic process. The months since the election brought an outpouring of engagement from citizens urging the Obama Administration to appoint change-makers to lead our country. And it paid...

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,...

Ready, set, go change the food system: A checklist for evaluating the new USDA’s first six months

Above: National Agricultural Library archival image, shot from the Washington Monument in the mid-1920s; US Department of Agriculture greenhouses on the Mall are shown in foreground. The food system in this country has broken down like a rusty old tractor. Or more accurately, like a $250,000,...

Digest – Opinion & features: Fred Kirschenmann questions, Pat Roberts explained, Wes Jackson expands

Opinion: Peak soiler: Sustainable-ag visionary Fred Kirschenmann urges Secretary Vilsack to ponder a future in which oil will be $300 a barrel, fresh water resources are half what they are as today, and weather is twice as bad. What kind of agriculture should we be designing? And what could we do to launch...

Celebrating food independence: A review of “Depletion and Abundance”

OK, quick check: everyone who is concerned about the economic crisis turning into a depression and causing food and fuel prices to rise and pockets to empty — whether for yourself, your parents, your children, your neighbors, your friends, or anyone — raise your hand. That covers about everyone, doesn't...

Wear the Sun-Food Agenda on your chest

Ethicurean reader Erica Nofi was so moved by Michael Pollan's "Farmer in Chief" policy manifesto in last week's New York Times Magazine food politics issue that she created a T-shirt that visually encapsulates his central message: Let's go back to growing food with sunlight, not oil. After reading Pollan'...

Food politics gets a prestigious platform, with Michael Pollan’s manifesto in this Sunday’s NYT Magazine

Michael Pollan — the closest thing the sustainable food movement has to a leader, even if he insists on pretending he remains just a journalist — wants the next president of the United States to pull weeds from the organically managed South Lawn Victory Garden; donate its surplus tons of food to Washington,...

The Bi-Rite Stuff: Sam Mogannam takes grocery retailing to new heights

The San Francisco Chronicle has scooped us here at Edible San Francisco by just a few days, writing about the new venture of Bi-Rite Market grocery store owner Sam Mogannam: Farming. I wrote our cover story for the October/November issue on Sam, the Bi-Rite Farm (that's him in action above), and the history...

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...

Energy to spare: Clif Bar Q&A and profile

At the Eco-Farm conference this past January, Tom Philpott and I were suitemates. (He was also my chauffeur and backpack caddy, due to my dumb neck-nerve injury, but that's another story.) Tom went to the Ferry Building beforehand and loaded up on wine, cheese, and other goodies for our trip to Santa Cruz....

More kudos to Slow Food Nation: Bioplastic utensils with improved labeling

In a post about bioplastics a few months ago, I lamented the failure of some bioplastic manufacturers to label their products as biodegradable or compostable: a fork that was supposedly biodegradable had absolutely no markings at all. At the Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilions* over Labor Day weekend, I ran...

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