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Digest – Blogs: Tomato truths, legislation lies, and the murky waters of sustainable shrimp

The price of tomatoes: Tom Philpott follows up on his trip to Immokalee, Florida with the second of a two-part post, examining how tomato pickers survive on $50 a day. The answer? With much difficulty. (Grist) That's the internet for you: There's been quite a bit of webby rabble-rousing over Representative...

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...

Serving meals, shedding anger, at a free lunch program in New England

Toward the end of last year, something happened. I still can’t say what, exactly, I just know it happened almost overnight. For two years, I’d been reading and blogging almost exclusively about food. I’d devoured articles about CAFOs and corn, downer cows and diabetes, subsidies and school lunches. I’d sat...

Human Rights Day revelation: Global food companies suck

I have a background in human rights work, so I was especially chagrined to discover this afternoon — having spent the day skulking about my office and being generally useless — that today was International Human Rights Day. The discovery came in the form of a press release from the nonprofit International...

Dispatch from NC: Notes on the food crisis

It's been a whirlwind few days on the campus of North Carolina State University, where I attended "The Politics of Food," a conference organized by the Environmental Leadership Program. There's lots to report on: Panels during the three-day event ranged in topic from the role of business in a sustainable...

Centralization takes center stage at the Commonwealth Club

As part of the "How We Eat" series at the Commonwealth Club this month, Slow Food Nation Policy and Communications director Naomi Starkman moderated a thoughtful panel discussion last week about the centralization of the food industry with Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change; Paul Frankel, managing...

Report from Taste3: “Culanthropy” in New Orleans with the Culinary Corps

In mid-July, I had the pleasure of attending this year's TASTE3 conference in Napa, California. The conference, which is presented by the Robert Mondavi Winery, is a meeting of minds on the topics of food, wine, and art. Over the span of two days, a stream of chefs, artists, writers, musicians, activists,...

Ain’t nobody here but us pigs…

At the rate food prices are increasing, maybe we don't need to worry about people overeating, but a report by Youfa Wang, Lan Liang, Benjamin Caballero and Shiriki Kumanyika released today says 86 percent of Americans are going to be overweight or obese by 2030. Their study, "Will All Americans Become...

Animal behavior: Crackdowns on meatpacking workers give new meaning to ‘inhumane’

Mainstream media and many of the blogs covered the raid of the Agriprocessors, Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville, IA when it took place back in May. It was the largest immigration raid of a single site by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in history: Nearly 400 immigrant workers were...

Déjà chew: The food price crisis in context

We are pleased to be able to share this piece by Daryll E. Ray, who holds the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy at the University of Tennessee and directs UT’s Agricultural Policy Analysis Center (APAC). He is perhaps best known for lead-authoring “Rethinking U.S. Agriculture Policy:...

Rock bottom of the food chain: Children in the fields

Prepare yourself for Food and Society Conference overload — Elanor and I are here in Chandler, AZ, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's annual food-movement meeting and thanks to an angel named Nicole de Beaufort, there is practically an army of bloggers this time. Basically, I'm hanging out with half our blog...

Digest – Commentary: Eating local gains political clout, food prices, corn crisis

Locavore motion: "The buy local train is leaving the station, and it's time for USDA to hear the whistle and get on board," says Vermont Senator Ginny Lyons in this op-ed. (Times Argus Online) Robbing the poor to sell to the poor: An economics lesson from Tom Philpott on what rising food prices...

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