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Digest – News: Answer to Alice Waters mystery, Farm Bill stalls again, avian flu back in UK

Umbrellas up, chickens — there's a deluge of catch-up links since last weekend's Digesting. O how we hate it when the RSS-feed headlines top 4,000. Alice on the Ameya Preserve: In a Wall Street Journal story titled "Politically Correct Developments: Montana Project Raises Ante for PC...

Eat your Devil’s Food and be quiet

We’re in the weeds up to our bleary eyeballs with deadlines and other pesky interruptions to our regular blogging obsessiveness. In the meantime, please nosh on this cooking-themed third installment from Barry Foy's Devil’s Food Dictionary, that "pioneering culinary reference work...

Foraging in Quebec

This week was Noshette's birthday, and among the many things we did to celebrate was to have dinner at Les Jardins Sauvages, which in English means "the wild gardens", a woodland table restaurant in St.Roch de l'Achigan. (Since I no longer go by the name "Nosher", Noshette will now be...

Strange bedfellows: Why is Alice Waters involved with the Ameya Preserve in Montana?

The following is by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, who has contributed previously and we hope will soon join the Ethicurean kitchen formally. Charlotte writes the LivingSmall blog from Livingston, Montana; she is the author of the novel Place Last Seen (Picador, 2000). Alice Waters is everywhere right now,...

Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Immigration bill, Alice Waters on “The View,” annals of pork

COMMENTARY Pick this legislation, Senator: Why Congress should pass a bill known as AgJobs, a bipartisan measure with broad support in the farm industry and among farmworker organizations. (New York Times) Stamp of disapproval: An editorial on food safety begins by recounting the failure of a simple...

Digest – Features: Grist goes ag-grow, excremental exhortations, and Cal Dining gets SOLE

Now that's true Grist: Our favorite environmental website has kicked off a special, two-week series on food and farming. Among the current crop of stories: Tom Philpott first looks at the history of industrial agriculture in Iowa, then he heads into the Corn Belt capital to compare Hardin County,...

Digest – Features: Rats prefer organic, horse exposé, toothpaste hero

The rat's nose knows quality: Given a choice of biscuits made from organic or conventional wheat, 40 Swiss rats ate significantly more of the former. While organic advocates everywhere start jigging, writer and food scientist Harold McGee blows right past this revelation, explaining that it could be because...

Digest – Blogsnacks: Postcards from China, we bow down before farmers — and Rick Bayless

China's organic agriculture, up close and personal: Jim Harkness, president of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, is blogging from China as he meets with experts on China's food and farm system. His tales of visiting organic farms and co-ops are pretty eye-opening, and not in the "Clockwork...

Digest – Commentary & Blogsnacks: Aurora talks back, Johanns departure analyzed, Alice Waters blogs

COMMENTARY Aurora Organic fights back in print: A rebuttal to Sam Fromartz's coverage, from the Colorado dairy that had its organic certification threatened. "Some observers, whose glasses of organic milk are always half-empty, lament the fact that what began as the organic-food movement has evolved...

Eating local, organic lunches every day at work — for $4

Which Bay Area-based, technology-oriented company with a hip-yet-geeky staff has made a point of serving local, organically grown food since 1997? Nope, not Google. Back then, at the height of the dot-come boom, Larry and Sergey were still grad students and calling their search technology...

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