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The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t's

The Top 12 Restaurant Don’t's

Restaurant owners might be interested to learn that what really annoys their customers isn’t getting seated near the kitchen or bathroom. Consumer Reports recently released a survey showing people’s most common complaints upon dining out. Topping the list was having a dirty table or utensils, dirty or ill-equipped restrooms, and impolite or condescending servers. Most of these aren’t too surprising if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant. Customers don’t really mind when the food runner […]

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July 23, 2014 at 7:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Food News Fast – July 21, 2014

Food News Fast – July 21, 2014

Tracie McMillan asks why people are malnourished in the richest countries. [National Geographic] A law aimed to make San Franciscan children’s fast food healthier backfires. [Wall Street Journal] A Kentucky farmer is selling heritage pigs in order to save them. [NPR] A new study on organic food finds it higher in antioxidants and lower in pesticides than conventional produce. [New York Times] Soylent-lovers are making their own version of the powdered non-food. [NPR] How much […]

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July 21, 2014 at 9:19 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

Domesticated Animals Are Making Us Sick

Domesticated Animals Are Making Us Sick

Did you know that you’re more likely to contract a disease from your backyard chicken or dog than from a monkey? According to a recent study published in Infection, Genetics and Evolution, animals domesticated the longest ago have been responsible for giving us the most parasites, pathogens, and other illnesses. This isn’t just a case of proximity either. Even newly domesticated animals are likely to transfer their illnesses to humans. And the speed at which these often-new […]

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July 9, 2014 at 9:51 amAgriculture

Kickstarting a $39,122 Potato Salad

Kickstarting a $39,122 Potato Salad

How much money do you think potato salad is worth? In a Kickstarter campaign that launched only five days ago, Zach Danger Brown set out to raise $10 to make himself a bowl of potato salad. Today he’s raised $39,122 – shattering his original goal by tens of thousands percent. Some of the original prizes for stretch goals include: $35 – I will make 4x as much Potato Salad. I know $40 isn’t 4x $10, […]

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July 8, 2014 at 11:57 amColumns News Table Scraps

Food News Fast – July 7, 2014

Food News Fast – July 7, 2014

Food trucks, moving companies, and more are getting creative to cut down on household food waste. [Civil Eats] Those “farms” your friends are choosing for wedding locations probably aren’t doing one important thing – growing food. [Modern Farmer] Rounding up the best/worst food jokes you’ve ever heard. [Huffington Post] Artists explore urban living and agriculture through an art installation in Brooklyn. [Hyperallergenic] Getting inside Monsanto – its business practices and goals. [Bloomberg Businessweek] An important […]

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July 7, 2014 at 10:57 amFood News Fast News

The Underground World of NYC Truffle Dealers

The Underground World of NYC Truffle Dealers

What is it like to be a dealer for one of the most expensive foods in the world? In a video produced for Vice Munchies, “Day with the Dealer” we follow forager and specialty foods purveyor Ian Purkayastha. Purkayastha is the owner of Regalis foods, a business the 21-year-old built himself after years of grabbing edible plants from the woods. Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and […]

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July 2, 2014 at 2:24 pmColumns Culture Table Scraps

Land Grabs Are Good for Crop Yields, Bad for Locals

Land Grabs Are Good for Crop Yields, Bad for Locals

A new study published in Environmental Research Letters suggests that the practice known as “land grabbing” could feed an extra 100 million people. Land grabbing is a controversial practice common to developing countries which entails a foreign government or business acquiring large tracts of land. Dole and Chiquita banana companies ownership of massive banana plantations in Guatemala and other Central American countries are a well known example. Land grabs have often been the source of labor rights […]

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July 1, 2014 at 11:44 amAgriculture

Food News Fast – June 30, 2014

Food News Fast – June 30, 2014

Behind the scenes of the hardest job in the world – feeding 1.1 million NYC public school students. [Miracle of Feeding Cities] Iraq’s food stores are in crisis after the escalation of conflict in large areas of the country. [FAO] An essay by Darby Minow Smith on the problems facing mid-sized farms. [Grist] Inside the USDA’s secret technology business. [Modern Farmer] Just how many animals are actually raised on “small” farms? [Counting Animals] Organic farming […]

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June 30, 2014 at 10:51 amFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – Bring Growing Cities to PBS

Food Fund Friday – Bring Growing Cities to PBS

Growing Cities is an hour-long documentary about the urban farm movement popping up across the nation. I was lucky enough to watch a screener of the film which manages to cover a wide range of what urban farming means today. The director and producer Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette visit farms ranging from Growing Power in Milwaukee to Brooklyn Grange in NYC to Seattle’s P-Patch community gardens. Some of them are run as food justice organizations, […]

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June 27, 2014 at 10:42 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Urban Farming is a White People Thing

Urban Farming is a White People Thing

Urban agriculture in the US is a white people thing. But I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing. As an Asian guy who has been involved in the urban agriculture movement in the US for over a decade, it is interesting to observe race dynamics between the proponents and beneficiaries of urban agriculture. The common theme that is the face of the movement is that urban agriculture (managed and controlled by white people) can […]

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June 26, 2014 at 11:15 amAgriculture