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Digest – Blogsnacks: A farmer learns something new, Midwestern grapes, deformed frogs

A pasture and his flock: Farmer Gene Logsdon ruminates on his luck in the recent floods and what he learned from the drought this year about sheep, weeds, and conventional wisdom. (Organic To Be) Organic does not mean good for you or the planet: Fortune reporter and blogger Marc Gunther returns from the...

Digest – Blogsnacks: Eat meat, kill the planet, Alice has higher standards

PETA vs. green carnivores: The biggest brawl we've ever seen on Gristmill's comment section is over a post about the animal-rights group's "stupid claim" that "you just cannot be a meat-eating environmentalist." (Gristmill) Don't ask Alice: All the food at last weekend's Farm Aid concert...

Guest post: Keeping goats in Seattle

Bonnie here: Jenni Pertuset, who's posted previously about the Crown S Ranch in Washington State, recently met a goat owner who could use some help from fellow Seattle residents. Read on to find out how a small urban farm is butting heads with city regulations. Jenni (pronounced like Jenna) lives in Seattle...

Digest: Breastfeeding campaign exposé, pet food history lesson, SciAm food issue

Wow, can't remember the last time the Digest was short enough for one post. The media seems to be taking Labor Day Weekend off. NEWS & FEATURES The most SOLE food of all: A few years ago, in an attempt to raise the nation's historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned...

Digest – Features: Deenosaur, urban farms, Pollan update

Paula, you make us puke: Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been very good for her sponsor Smithfield Foods, and the company, aka the Death Star of Pork, has been very good to her in return. She's entirely unfazed by how it treats its workers, whose union has staged protests at her appearances — and...

Blogsnacks: Pigs in the ‘hood, framing fatness, you can can

Move over Dellums, Novella for mayor: A shout-out to Tea at the Grinder for alerting us to City Farmer, Novella Carpenter's blog. Some of us know Novella as the nice woman who herded the chickens for all of Michael Pollan's events at UC Berkeley while she was a journalism student there; others will no doubt...

Guest post: Talking to Growing for Market’s Lynn Byczynski about organic’s evolution

Bonnie here: I am really pleased to introduce Janet Majure, who's offered to guest post from Lawrence, Kansas. Janet is an editor and journalist who occasionally writes for the Kansas City Star; she had a weekly cooking column for almost 10 years and has written a couple of cookbooks. I've been enjoying...

Digest – Features: Meatpacking towns, Illinois goes local, Severson’s got soul food

What Big Meat giveth, Big Meat can taketh away : This remarkable piece by AP reporter Roxana Hegeman documents how, just as the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1872 brought white settlers to populate the dusty towns and farms of fledgling America, the relocation and consolidation of the meatpacking...

Digest – Blogsnacks: Buying the farm, Nestle on pet food

Cotton' pickin' dreamer: Dan Owens has found a Louisiana cotton and rice farm for sale online, and is having a dandy time calculating the checks he could collect from the government just for sitting on the porch and drinking iced tea — if only he had $50 million. (The Blog for Rural America) Give her...

Catching up: Washington State locavoreanism

The Butter Bitch and I have been on hiatus for the past few months, due to our day jobs and ongoing projects. The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Sunday Magazine devotes most of this week's issue to an overview of Washington's locavorean movement and the promotion of sustainability in the wine. The Bounty...

Digest – Features & Blogsnacks: Joel Salatin offers seminars, Johanns talks

FEATURES Growing genius: BusinessWeek reporter and raw-milk-detective David Gumpert looks at "Omnivore's Dilemma" sustainable-farming poster guy Joel Salatin, whose Polyface Farm is leasing another 700 acres to keep up with demand. Hmm. Does Polyface's $700,000 annual revenues include those from...

Guest post: Michael Shuman parries the latest local-versus-global lunge

"Lamb in the Shire" by Sixintheworld on Flickr. On August 6 the New York Times published an op-ed by James E. McWilliams, a self-described passionate "eat local advocate" and the author of “A Revolution in Eating,” that made the most-emailed list and inspired many a blog...

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