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Organic dairy pioneer Albert Straus at the Commonwealth Club

If I made a list of the pioneers of the modern sustainable food movement in Northern California, Straus Family Creamery would be one of the first names I would add. For decades, the family dairy farm has been trying new approaches to reduce the environmental impact of their farm while also improving the...

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...

Mini-Digest (Blogs): Shredding the NYT’s locavore coverage, the end of food — and the organic boom? Plus TCHO Chocolate TV

Our friends in the blogging world have been busy cooking up some great pieces. Back when we did the Digest lo so many months ago, these all would have merited a green star, or even two. So check'em out. Sacred cows made of bullshit: Kerry Trueman tartly (and masterfully) fillets the numerous "let's not save...

EU fertilizes the organic agriculture sector

Do the Europeans know something we don't, or are they just more willing to act on it? First the European Union urged caution on the marketing of cloned animals, and now it's — can you believe it? — actively encouraging organic farming and foods through its "Organic Farming: Good for Nature, Good for You"...

Wal-Mart sees the locavore light

The Associated Press reports that Wal-Mart plans to spend $400 million on locally grown produce this year, which the company defines as anything farmed within a state's boundaries. The company's Commitment to You web page states that the company "realize[s] the important role that American farmers play in...

Tom Philpott issues a composting call to farms

Two days ago Tom Philpott gave a challenging speech to organic food industry folks at the Organic Summit in Boulder, Co. He has published the text of those remarks as today's Victual Reality column this week for Grist, and it's a must-read. Tom has become a good friend of mine so he is going to be extremely...

Fighting climate change: Food miles vs. food choices

If you want to fight global warming with your diet, it is better to change what you eat than where it comes from, according to a recently published article in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology.* Analysis by Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews, professors in the Department...

Digest – Blogs: DC compost, OJ explored, Lappe tries to save the small planet

The Washington (com)post: Ed goes on the hunt for the District of Columbia's rumored compost pile, and finds it in the oddest setting. (The Slow Cook) Which OJ is more PC?: An Ethicureanish examination of the eco impact of one blogger's favorite citrus drink. (Food Mapping) What would Lisa eat?: We were...

Getting down to Brassica tacks: A recipe for roasted cauliflower salad

I've always been tickled by the pairing of decadence and duty at the Swanton Berry Farm stand at the Berkeley farmers market: sweet, fragrant, addictive strawberries sharing the table with fibrous, disrespected, and most-likely-not-addictive broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. It turns out that...

Saving the songbirds (and ourselves)

Today's New York Times featured an op-ed by Bridget Stutchbury, a biology professor at the University of Toronto and author of Silence of the Songbirds. Her book follows in the footsteps of Silent Spring and documents the rapid disappearance of migratory songbirds -- by her account, a 50% decline in the...

The blame frame, part 2.5: LA Times urges us to miss the point

A while back, I began a series of posts examining the infamous "farm lobby," that oft-mentioned force supposedly responsible for our food system's many ills.  I noticed that mainstream media coverage of the Farm Bill tends to demonize farmers to the exclusion of other, more powerful figures...

Innovative process turns any vegetable organic in seconds

Special to The Ethicurean, by Barry Foy Agribusiness stocks rose sharply today, following the announcement this morning of a new process that transforms conventionally raised produce into organic, instantly and at almost no cost. News of the discovery reached the Washington Post just after midnight, in a...

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