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Ethicurean nominated for Treehugger Best of Green award!

The Ethicurean has been nominated for a TreeHugger.com Best of Green award, in the Food & Health category. The Best of Green Awards recognize "the people, companies and ideas doing the best in walking the sustainability walk within their respective fields," and the candidates are suggested by readers...

Food & Wine magazine sins against the monkfish

In the January 2010 issue of Food & Wine magazine, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni visits top-rated Le Bernardin (3 stars from Michelin, 4 stars from the New York Times) and acts like an ass to the sommelier as he eats his multicourse meal*. If you're into restaurant drama, or food...

Scorched pastures and lost birds at Soul Food Farm

The Bay Area's well-known, much-loved Soul Food Farm was devastated by a fire last night, I learned this morning from a heartbreaking email sent to friends by Soul Food's Alexis Koefoed. Alexis and I were in the middle of setting up a Community Supported Agriculture program for Soul Food's pastured chickens...

Just say YIMBY: Weed expert Nancy Gift talks about lawns for dinner

By Holly Hickman vs. Recently, a man I know sprayed his front and back lawns with a brand of weed killer he'd bought from the store and administered himself. He had lived for years in Long Island, the capital of "green carpets," and now insists that the only acceptable lawn is a uselessly beautiful,...

New book about high cost of a bargain, “Cheap,” lauds Wegmans

And what about those Swedish meatballs?: This provocatively titled review ("Why Ikea is as bad as Wal-Mart") of Ellen Ruppel Shell's new book, "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture," isn't really about food, although one could argue that cheap food is the most obvious symptom of a toxic cycle of...

In case you missed it: Will Allen profiled in NY Times Mag

We can't get enough of Will Allen: The Sunday New York Times Magazine had a must-read profile of Milwaukee urban farmer and grant magnet Will Allen, one of the most inspiring leaders of the sustainable food movement. Allen, writes "Bottlemania" author Elizabeth Royte, "is the go-to expert on urban farming…a...

Fujimotos’ departure from Monterey Market a tough blow to local food chain

By Carol Ness Calling Bill and Judy Fujimoto's forced departure on Wednesday from Berkeley's Monterey Market — after two years of family dissension over their vision for the business — a tragedy isn't a stretch. For those who don't know it, Monterey Market is one of the pillars of the Bay Area food scene, a...

Ann Wright named Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA

All Wright!!!: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Ann Wright as Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. Before serving as senior policy advisor to Majority Leader Harry Reid on issues before the Senate Agriculture Committee, she was a policy analyst for Consumers...

Meeting Louis Bromfield – and Wendell Berry! – at Malabar Farm

Here in northeastern Ohio, not only are we surrounded by acres of rich agricultural land, on which depend a mixture of big and small farms, but in every county there are hidden pockets of little-known historical significance. And in almost-neighboring Richland County, one historical attraction has appeal to...

Family farm advocate named GIPSA head

Sunshine comes to the stockyards: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wins some more fans in these quarters by naming Dudley Butler to head the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). (USDA press release) That's the agency responsible for insuring that livestock producers are treated equally...

A big O no! Oprah teams up with KFC

Bucket O' misery: Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with Kentucky Fried Chicken to offer a downloadable coupon from KFC for two pieces of grilled chicken, two sides, and a biscuit. (Los Angeles Times) Ugh. America's hungry, but … KFC? And this after Oprah ran an in-depth investigation into “How We Treat the...

Everybody loves Polyface Farm

Pope Joel: Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm has become Mecca for sustainable agriculture tourists, with farm-tour reservations as hard to get as Spago in the '80s. (Washington Post) We're not knocking Joel, but c'mon, MSM, there are plenty of other small farms you could give some play to once in a while, even...

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