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Digest – Blogs: “King Corn” dispatches, Bruce helps out People’s Grocery, estate tax loopholing

"King Corn" star blogging: Curt Ellis, one of the co-producers of the new documentary “King Corn” (see our review) is blogging about the movie and its string of openings across the country. (Culinate.com) The Boss in my hometown: Bruce Springsteen has picked Oakland's food justice...

“A three-ring circus of fruits and vegetables”: Monterey Market in film

I spent part of a beautiful sunny afternoon last weekend watching a documentary about a grocery store. That's right, a documentary about a grocery store. Some of you might be thinking that I saw Robert Greenwald's "Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price" or some other muckraking exposé. No,...

Don’t stop playing with your food

The Vegetable Orchestra performs using only instruments made of vegetables — cucumberophones, pumpkin basses, leek violins. Check out this awesome video of their music. Who knew a carrot could sound just like the finest flute? We hope they ate, or at least composted, the leftovers. Via the Slow Cook,...

Digest: USDA diluting organics, emptying bottled water

NEWS Organic, except when it's too hard: The USDA followed the tried-and-true technique of releasing controversial news on a Friday afternoon with an interim approval to the rule allowing 38 non-organic ingredients to be used in products with the "USDA organic" label. Manufacturers must prove (whatever that...

Earth Day: Past time for Americans to scale down our appetites

In honor of Earth Day, here's a new video from Free Range Studios, the awesome Berkeley-based animation team that also brought us The Meatrix series. It's called "One Earth," and it explains that if everyone lived like Americans — that is, inordinately wastefully — then we'd actually need five Earths to...

‘Bacon, the film” ~ this Sunday in Montreal

  Montrealers should be aware that a documentary about large-scale hog producers that was produced in 2002 will be screened this coming Sunday afternoon: Bacon, the film Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 4pm Redpath Museum Auditorium 859 Sherbrooke West Montreal, Quebec, Canada French with English subtitles...

Wanted: Young American farmers for documentary

"Vote with your fork" is a wonderfully simple mantra: we should opt for sustainable, organic, local, and ethical food whenever possible. But we're not going to be able to "chew the right thing" if there's no one growing it for us. Demand for SOLE food is way outstripping supply, and the gap is only going to...

Get this dude a recording contract!

OK, maybe not. But do check out the songs and animated videos created by Carl Winter, a food toxicologist with UC Davis's Food Science & Technology Department, who gives Weird Al Yankovic a run for his money. Winter takes songs like the Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and turns them into paeans to...

It’s all connected

"Fast Food Nation" the movie may have disappointed at the box office, but with the release of the DVD today, I bet that many more people are going to end up watching it. After all, it's not appropriate for a date, unless for a PETA personals setup, and it sure as hell doesn't make you want to grab a bite...

“Eat at Bill’s” celebrates farmer-friendly Monterey Market

Large, chain supermarkets have no smell. Even in the produce aisle, where piping sprays water over cucumbers and lettuces in a vain attempt to make them look dew-kissed, the only scent you might catch is a faint chlorine tang — possibly from the floor, possible from the misters. The apples might as well be...

Blog snacks: Food security, nitrates explored, meat epiphany…

To explain why the personal posts have been a little sparse lately, several of the Ethicureans are on hiatus and I've been wrapped up in Operation Pork — a hog share I'll write about as soon as I've recovered from it — along with the ever-more-demanding Digest. (If only someone would pay to syndicate it....

Web video snippets with an Ethicurean slant

Snowed in? Taking a break from cooking? We've run across some Web videos that Ethicurean readers might be interested in. TreehuggerTV goes supermarket shopping with nutritionist Marion Nestle, learning about wax on produce, country of origin labeling, and what organic means. One confusing bit: Nestle says...

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