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When discrimination is more than OK: Time to call our reps about pesticide policy

Update 4/10: We're hearing from our confidential intel sources on the Hill (OK, an action alert I just received) that the deadline for asking your reps to sign the letter mentioned below has been extended until mid-day tomorrow, 4/11. I just called my rep. The feeling of fulfillment is immense... try it! -E...

John Edwards knows the way to this Ethicurean’s heart

…is through my stomach. Seriously, as obsessed as we are with food politics, we do care about other kinds as well. Yes, the Farm Bill was a disaster, but so was the Energy Bill. And let's not even talk about Iraq or healthcare and education in this country. We're not endorsing anyone based on their...

Digest – Features: Methyl bromide alive and kicking in Cali, beyond-kosher movement

Do we need strawberries and tomatoes in winter that badly?: Methyl bromide, a common pesticide and fumigant, is not only toxic to humans but harms the ozone layer. So why is the U.S. still using it? And why does California, which has some of the toughest laws governing its use, spraying 6.5 million pounds...

Digest – Blogs: Salatin opines, Windy City to ban chickens, organic processors doing their part

Everything he wants to say should probably be illegal: The inimitable Joel Salatin riffs on the pitfalls of “sound science.” (Food Democracy) Buy fresh, buy local ingredients: Lainie deconstructs new research from the USDA that indicates many organic food manufacturers are sourcing locally and...

Digest – Blogs: Exploring food deserts, Cargill timeline, music to our ears

Watching the sausage being made so we don't have to: The absolutely heroic Dan Owens is live-blogging the Senate's Farm Bill cluster$*%@ debate  — with trademark blistering commentary. (Blog for Rural America) "Nutritional apartheid": OrangeClouds115 at DailyKos posts a diary about...

“King Corn” preview and discussion in Berkeley draws crowd

Michael Pollan with "King Corn" stars Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, and director Aaron Woolf, along with a corny hat that Pollan had in his backpack. As expected, Tuesday night's special event for "King Corn," featuring Michael Pollan and the three filmmakers, had a huge turnout, with...

Bay Area events: “King Corn” filmmakers to chat with Michael Pollan, audiences

Like the maize from which it takes its name, the documentary "King Corn" is conquering America. The film's message — that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. is growing too much subsidized cheap grain — obviously contains enough kernels of truth to discomfort some Big Ag folk. Its run was...

“King Corn” is really about zombies

    BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin has an entertaining interview for bbTV with the "King Corn" guys, shortly after their screening for Congress. Although they  look like they're getting used to wearing ties,  Ian Cheney's clearly starting to get bored with the "we eat too much...

Digest – Features: The ABCs of GM foods, Alice as the Sustainable Kitchen Fairy, clean-food catastrophe

This Digest was amended at 11 a.m. to add the excellent New York Times Magazine feature on water. A frank look at frankenfoods: Science writer Elena Conis has a top-notch, clear-eyed primer on the science of, and debate over, genetically modified foods — which can be found in 70% of processed foods....

Digest – Blogs: Foie gras formula, we all (heart) Fergus Henderson

Applying the Learned Hand formula to foie gras: According to a wonderfully nerdy post at Law For Food, PETA should really be concentrating on improving feedlot conditions, instead of the low-hanging livers. Paté, Montana style: Charlotte may be calling this post "Terrine Jacquy à la...

Digest – Features: Pollan Q&A, the bee middleman, some wild donations to hunger cause

Two P's in a partnership: As part of its "Sow What" special series of food and farming, Grist columnist Tom Philpott interviews Michael Pollan in a Q&A that blessedly doesn't go over the same tired soil (except the Cracker Jacks). Interesting nuggets: congresspeople are now calling Pollan...

Digest – Features: Cows — they’ll eat anything, Wendell Berry book & news

China, please, just say no: Several American feedlot cattle operators are starting up in China, where they hope to "kick start the consolidation of China's disorganized beef-production chain, bringing to Inner Mongolia all the high-volume efficiency — and social and environmental concerns —...

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