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Digest – Blogs: Sweet analysis, rural internet woes, good food in the city

Never let them see you sweet: Tom Philpott looks into a new Tufts study that finds corn subsidies may have been a boon to the HFCS industry, but they alone don't make bad food cheap. Australia has similar obesity patterns but eats sugar instead. What we need to do, Tom says, is figure out "how to...

Digest – Blogs and opinion: Food pound-gallons (?), friending the FDA, another list for Vilsack

Measuring up: We've all heard the average number of miles that industrial food travels from farm to fork (1500), but is that the best way to weigh the environmental impact of our consumption choices? NY farmer Bob Comis proposes a conceptual shift to "pound-gallons," a clunky-sounding idea that might just...

Digest – Blogs, features, opinions: Michigan builds local, peanut pontification, and snacks from the sea

Eating local, even below zero: More than a hundred people gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan to plan for the growth of the region's local food movement and feasted on local greens, squash, beans, meat, and other goodies. Organizers hope that the products of the 2009 Local Food Summit will "transform the way...

Loafing in a cold climate

Winter weather has provided us with a never-ending topic of conversation lately: the storms pummeling the upper Midwest, the guesses as to how much those storms might repeat themselves here in northern Ohio, how to arrange our travels in the face of weather advisories, and, eventually, how much snow we...

Digest – Features and blogs: COOL is not, GM fuel, and DC local-style

So un-COOL: The USDA releases the final rule on Country of Origin Labeling, the law that requires that many of our main foodstuffs be labeled with (duh) the country where they were made, but it leaves a massive loophole by exempting "processed" foods from the law and defining "processed" broadly to include...

“Farmers market, Vegas style — this city’s got no SOLE”

Former SF Chronicle food reporter and Friend o'Ethicurean Carol Ness visited Las Vegas recently and posted this photo, taken in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel, to her Facebook profile with the headline above as caption. She was quite unimpressed with the city's sustainable, organic, local, and/or ethical...

Local food safety cop?: In which Bill Marler is compared to John Travolta, Ally McBeal, Julia Roberts, and 80s pop star Tiffany, all in one place

Earlier this week, Bill Marler, the attorney who’s earned oodles suing food companies for selling products contaminated with E. coli and other pathogens (his wife's car even sports an ECOLI license plate), published his list of top 10 food safety challenges for 2009. Most of these items made me nod my head...

Gary Nabhan: Those who forget history are doomed to re-eat it

Above the din of the enthusiastic multitude of Green Festival attendees in San Francisco, renowned author, ethnobotanist, food preservationist, and historian Gary Paul Nabhan gave a whirlwind tour of topics with global, regional, and personal scope. Nabhan started with a big-picture perspective. The current...

Digest – News: Subway and Michigan join the ranks of the enlightened, Japan counts (domestic) calories

12/12 update: Victory at Tar Heel: After a 14-year dispute with company leadership, workers at Smithfield's Tar Heel, NC plant voted last night to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Smithfield workers had voted against joining the union on two previous occasions, but the company was found to...

Hoe, hoe, hoe! A Victory Garden wish list

Dear Santa, December is already here, and though I'm sure you must be busy running the rush orders through your workshop and checking those lists of "naughty" and "nice" and loading up the sleigh, I'm afraid that we've been so caught up with putting our gardens to bed for the winter that we're a little late...

Digest – Opinion & Blogs: How to give thanks, Merrigan for USDA

Food security begins at home: James Surowiecki on why, despite the overall global "marketization" of agriculture, lots of people simply still can't get enough to eat, and the world food supply seems more vulnerable than ever. (The New Yorker) Pollan debated: Kansas farm leaders address Michael Pollan's...

Opening up: Notes from the Northeast Ohio Food Congress

When I hear or read comments that dismiss local foods as something only folks in California can do, I'm puzzled. Everywhere I go in northeast Ohio, I see farms and markets that have locally grown and produced foods for sale. So I have to wonder: is no one paying attention to us here in the heartland, or are...

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