If you eat, Food Politic matters.

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Nestlé, ADM, and Cargill can be charged with aiding child-slavery in Côte d’Ivoire according to courts. [Food Navigator] To make Californians cut down on water usage, we should make water more expensive. [Library of Economics and Liberty] Though people have sought to bar the practice, children well under 18 still work up to 12-hour days in tobacco fields. [New York Times] Cowlicks may be a sign of aggression in cows. [Modern Farmer] Tree hunter Bob […]

Read more ›
September 15, 2014 at 10:21 amFood News Fast News

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

“Let them eat cake.” This phrase, often misattributed to Marie Antoinette—perhaps uttered by another “great princess” of pre-revolutionary France, perhaps made up entirely—has come to symbolize the ruling elites’ indifference towards the plight of the poor, malnourished citizens of the lower-class. Someone suggested because the impoverished were unable to afford bread, they should eat cake—the irony being, of course, that cake requires expensive inputs like sugar and butter, effectively making it more costly bread. The phrase […]

Read more ›
September 10, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

Food News Fast – September 8, 2014

Credit: David MK

Company Real Vegan Cheese may have found a way to make everyone’s favorite dairy product from human DNA. [Vice] A program called Student Action with Farmworkers sends college students into migrant camps where they help farmworkers gain access to educational, legal, and healthcare resources. This is the story of one student’s experience. [Narratively] How many real faces are actually behind some of the most famous food mascots? [First We Feast] 5 reasons why we should […]

Read more ›
September 8, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Finding Food and Culture in the Caribbean Isles “Come out da road!” he shouted and pushed me forcefully into a rocky strip of sand as a bus came tearing around the corner. I felt a WHOOSH of air and slight vacuum left by its departure as I blinked my eyes in the sun and glanced backward to see what had happened. Dwayne, officially the maintenance man at our rental house but today our tour guide […]

Read more ›
September 3, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures Seasonal Recipes

Food News Fast – September 1, 2014

Food News Fast – September 1, 2014

Rail congestion caused by North Dakota’s new fracking industry is keeping corn and soybeans from getting to market. [New York Times] New York City has relied on wholesale markets for over 200 years. [Miracle of Feeding Cities] Memory Lane, a reconstructed 1940s village outside an elder care home near Bristol, uses food to reconnect patients to their past. [Edible Geography] Citrus greening is creating a problem for Florida orange growers as OJ becomes a luxury […]

Read more ›
September 1, 2014 at 9:43 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s an unspoken law in Texas that if you […]

Read more ›
August 29, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

8 USPS Stamps that Celebrate Food and Agriculture

8 USPS Stamps that Celebrate Food and Agriculture

Earlier this month, the United States Postal Service unveiled their newest farmers market-themed stamps. Their purpose is to promote awareness and appreciation of the over 8,000 farmers markets sprinkled throughout the nation. For someone who loves a good food illustration, it’s hard to beat the thought of sticking one of these four stamps onto your next letter (or, more likely, outgoing bill). As Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at the stamp’s unveiling, “For years the […]

Read more ›
August 27, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

Another culinary mystery solved thank to a creative GoPro owner. One inventive chef decided to stick his camera into a dish of boiling water and capture the process of poaching an egg on video. First we got to see inside a dishwasher cycle and now we’ve gone under boiling water to watch poaching eggs. What will we think of next? Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and […]

Read more ›
August 26, 2014 at 3:12 pmColumns Culture Table Scraps

Cold Pressed Juice Gets a Spot on the Highline – As Social Commentary

Cold Pressed Juice Gets a Spot on the Highline – As Social Commentary

If you come to visit me in New York City, you’re taking a trip to the Highline. Of all the tourist attractions in this city, it’s the only one I actually enjoy. There are no lines. It looks different in every season. There’s great food. And, sometimes, you can find some neat art installations too. As part of a group art installation called Archeo, artist Josh Kline placed a refrigerator of what looks like fancy […]

Read more ›
August 25, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – August 25, 2014

Food News Fast – August 25, 2014

The farm animals of the United States produce 335 tons of manure every year. Where does it all go? [Modern Farmer] In the wake of Ebola’s spread, Africa is facing the beginnings of a food crisis. [NPR] California beef recall linked to fraud and conspiracy after owners illegally slaughtered animals marked to stay out of the food chain. [Food Safety News] In a 51-part series, Eve Andrews goes state by state to see who’s getting […]

Read more ›
August 25, 2014 at 7:30 amFood News Fast News