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Events: Meet the folks behind the Eat Well Guide and The Meatrix!

Sustainable Table, the nonprofit responsible for the indispensable Eat Well Guide and the proud sponsor of the most awesome Meatrix videos, is touring America right now in a biodiesel-powered bus. Landing in L.A. yesterday, they're rolling up the West Coast, then across the Midwest to end up back in New...

Becasse chef Justin North sounds wake-up call for Australians

This is the third guest post from Melbourne writer Jillian Burt, who has two of her own blogs, Yamazaki's Notebook and the new Soul Food. (Read her first and second reports from Australia.) It's been raining for the last couple of weeks along the East Coast of Australia, but it isn't all good news. New...

Brains for lunch

We were, in blog parlance, first "tagged" for the meme "Blogs That Make You Think" many moons ago by our friend Cookiecrumb, and then we got poked again and again. Thanks to all those kind enough to credit us with being thought-worthy, as we — OK, I — more often feel like a news-synthesizing robot incapable...

Guest post: Report from Australia

I'm pleased to be able to share the following guest post from Jillian Burt, an Australian writer introduced to me via email by a friend. Jillian reports on technology, mythology, food, the arts and local business in a way that she thinks of as "warm hunting," considering how what's contemporary connects up...

In the belly of the food movement: Report from the 2007 Food and Society Conference

I spent most of last week in Traverse City, Michigan, at the Food and Society Conference sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The foundation foots the astronomical bill for the whole thing, from rooms in a three-star resort to meals (sourced mostly from local farms) for three days for 550 people. All...

Digest: FDA gets food safety czar, rural broadband $ misused, honeybee update

Note: The Digest is going to be published every other day for a bit until we figure out how to better balance our paid and unpaid commitments. NEWS Melamine crisis & FDA developments: That new czar smell: The FDA has appointed a new food safety czar — Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer of the...

Digest: Pet food problem overview, egg season, McGee on red meat

Painting the pet-food big picture: An excellent investigation into the Menu Foods pet food recall. Christie Keith nails the most important questions: "How did this problem ... get so out of hand? How come pet owners weren't informed more rapidly about the contaminated pet food? Why is it so hard to get...

Adding SOLE to your pet’s diet

Man of La Muncha and I are currently "owned" by a small tortoiseshell cat, Ms. Teeth and Claws.  Ms. Claws is our third cat; previous cats included a pretty black and white girl and a large Maine coon cat.  We have loved all our cats, and have always fed them "good" pet foods, figuring that while they cost...

Blog snacks: NYC’s green giant, Roman meal, chew-your-view dilemma

In between the Digest news deluge, we've been reading some good blog posts, too. For your delectation: No Impact Man: Writer Colin Beavan alerted us to his experiment forcing his New York City family to live for a year with no net environmental impact. As part of that goal, they're only eating food produced...

Blog spotlight: Sugar Mountain Farm

Horses were long my favorite farm animals, but recently I've been smitten by pigs. There's just something about their quivering heart-shaped noses, their doglike intelligent eyes, and their curvaceous butts that really gets me. These days, I also like to eat them, nose to tail — someday Miss Steak and Corn...

Berkeley events with Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, and Carol Ness

Bill McKibben — the writer, thinker, activist, and all-around awesome guy — will talk about his new book, "Deep Economy," with food-chain chronicler Michael Pollan on March 19 at Berkeley's First Congregational Church. Tickets are $10, available online or at local independent bookstores. Don't live in...

Digest: Rice restraining order, Pollan smackeyed, Farm Bill proposal, beef warning

Rogue rice: The USDA has ordered dealers not to sell a long-grain rice seed, Clearfield CL131, for planting because it may have been contaminated by a genetically modified strain. Yep, Bayer's pesky Liberty strain may have escaped its cellular bonds once again. New York Times Who you calling a gentleman?:...

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