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Compromising on SOLE food buying habits

The case of the $35 chicken: Pete Wells, who's written memorably before the NY Times Sunday magazine about the bloody reality of eating animals, is feeling the recession's pinch when he goes to the farmers market. We can sympathize. His wife has worked out "what she calls a schizophrenic compromise. One...

New outlets for farmers

The prescription is fresh produce: Mary MacVean looks at some of the new ways small farms are reaching the public in the Los Angeles area, starting with Kaiser Permanente's establishment of farmers markets outside their medical centers (30 so far in four states) and purchase of  local produce for their...

“Local” shark-jumping also feeds the minnows

Getting fresh: Tom Laskawy revisits yesterday's NYT article on the co-option of the local label by Big Food, and pulls out the one encouraging element of the trend — how some large-scale California growers are looking more at fruits and vegetables that could be sold to local wholesalers and at farmers...

Inside the all-locavore fridge

Xtreme ethicureanism: A Houston, TX couple have been eating the 100-mile diet strictly for the past year, and chronicling it on their blog. This post's photo of their extremely verdant fridge impresses with its "freedom looks like… freedom from processed, canned and frozen foods. (100 Mile...

What two 19th-century cities can teach us about community-based food systems

While compiling this week's (long overdue) Digest, I came across the excellent infographic above in Yes! magazine's April issue, which is all about growing a food revolution. It nicely collects all of the inputs — homegrown seed, clean energy, regional processing plants, grow-your-own programs — that...

Pixies for the People: A new WIC Local Food Line

Can you hear the chanting? "Pixies for the People!" How about the drums? "Pixies for the People!" Pixie Tangerines, that is, not Tinker Bell. When I first learned of this initiative to provide free fruit, fresh from the farm for WIC recipients, I found myself hollering "Pixies for the People!" in pure '60s...

Unfair fare: Why prices for meat from small local farms are too high

Editor's note: New York part-time farmer Bob Comis sent us a link to a post on his Stonybrook Farm blog for consideration in the Digest, but we liked it so much we asked him if we could publish an edited version in its entirety. His opinions are going to raise some hackles, not to mention hocks, but we...

Postcard from England: Farm Collective opens cafe

Earlier this month I spent 10 days in England, visiting friends from grad school in London, Hove (near Brighton), and Diss (near Norwich). I was there for fun, but it was impossible not to see with Ethicurean eyes just how far ahead of America the UK is when it comes to chewing the right thing. Here's the...

After Michelle Obama: a Q&A with Scott Schenkelberg of Miriam’s Kitchen

Mrs. Obama on the line at Miriam's Kitchen; photo courtesy of Choice Photography. Last week, Michelle Obama made news by serving a meal at Miriam’s Kitchen, a DC social service agency. Miriam’s Kitchen feeds 4,000 people each year, mostly from fresh, wholesome ingredients. I caught up with the executive...

Digest – News: Salmon synergy, Whole Foods less whole, rotation’s right

Slammed by synergism: Researchers expose juvenile coho salmon to combinations of commonly-used agricultral pesticides. For two-thirds of the pesticide combinations, they find that the effect of the combination is greater than the sum of the impacts of the individual pesticides (i.e. the combo has...

Digest – Features and blogs: Why go local?

Agriculture next to fall? In his latest blog screed, famed dystopian James Howard Kunstler predicts that agriculture will be the next to fall in the world economic crisis, noting that "if the US government is going to try to make remedial policy for anything, it better start with agriculture, to promote...

CSA to deliver education along with produce

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be picking up my first CSA delivery of the year in late April. When I do, it will be the 16th consecutive spring that the Rolling Prairie farmers have unloaded their goods and distributed them to subscribers in Lawrence, Kansas. Those facts — the 16th year and the...

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