Archive for March, 2013

Just Food Conference: Day Two

Just Food Conference: Day Two

If you’d like to read about the first day of the conference, just click here! You know that feeling you get in high school where suddenly you know where all your classes are, how to get to the best bathroom, and where to sit at lunch? That was how I felt today going in to round two of the Just Food Conference. Only some of this was due to the fact that the events themselves […]

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March 31, 2013 at 3:00 amNews Uncategorized

Portraits of the Mexican Diaspora: from Farm to Store to Plate

Portraits of the Mexican Diaspora: From Farm to Store to Plate from Maria Cerretani on Vimeo. Last September I interned as a research assistant for the Longhouse Food Writer’s Revival, a gathering of food writers, and food media-makers held in Rennselaerville, New York, and led by longtime food writer, and founder of cookNscribble, Molly O’Neill.   The event started off with a Pop-Up Food Magazine, which included several multimedia presentations that challenged attendees to explore the […]

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March 30, 2013 at 8:55 pmCulture Multimedia

Day One of NYC’s Just Food Conference

Day One of NYC’s Just Food Conference

One of the best parts of a food conference is that there’s good food—a lot of it. I spotted juices from local farms, vitamixes whirring away to make morning smoothies, gourmet sandwiches and arugula salads, fudge brownies and so much more. There was also coffee. This last bit was probably the most exciting as registration began at 8:00am and the last talk ended at 5:00. My least favorite part of the Just Food Conference in particular […]

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March 29, 2013 at 10:47 pmNews

Food Fund Friday: South Bronx wants a Veggie Mobile Market

Food Fund Friday:  South Bronx wants a Veggie Mobile Market

In the South Bronx, they’re not waiting for change; they want to bring it directly to people’s doorsteps. That’s why this fundraiser, sponsored by The BLK ProjeK, is so important. They’re raising money to outfit a “Veggie Mobile Market” or, in layman’s terms, a bus filled with food and cooking demos. For $50 you can even get a homemade banana cream cake along with the knowledge that you’ve sponsored this project. One of the main […]

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March 29, 2013 at 7:33 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

The Omnivore Vegan – Part One

The Omnivore Vegan – Part One

“No Meat”   This essay is the first part in a series about veganism, humane farming, and animal agriculture in the USA. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are original to the author. New sections from “The Omnivore Vegan” will appear every Thursday on Food Politic. When most people think of a farm it’s fresh eggs and produce in the morning, milking cows, and, sometimes, sending animals to slaughter. Not so if you’re an intern at Farm […]

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March 28, 2013 at 1:26 pmFeatures

Food News Fast – March 27, 2013

Food News Fast – March 27, 2013

Cincinnati community garden is saved from developers. [Grist] The Monsanto rider could have serious side effects for judicial review. [Civil Eats] A summary and brief history of that thing we call The Farm Bill. [Food Policy Facts] Mercy for Animals is targeting Walmart’s industrial pork supply. [Culinate] Pork producers aren’t as committed to banning gestation crates as they say. (Surprise?) [Mother Jones] There are now 16,000 dead pigs floating in a river in China. [Grist] […]

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March 27, 2013 at 10:35 amFood News Fast News

On “Guerilla Fertilizing” and San Francisco’s Mandatory Composting

On “Guerilla Fertilizing” and San Francisco’s Mandatory Composting

I always used to cringe when I tossed my leftover food and vegetable scraps into my kitchen trash can. Apple cores and rotten kale are not the most mouthwatering of foods but I felt guilty about adding my scraps to landfills. I know that the food we toss can nourish depleted soil in farms and gardens and help cultivate the food we devour daily. I became a compost junkie. Armed with a plastic shower caddy, […]

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March 26, 2013 at 6:00 amPolicy

Food News Fast – March 25, 2013

Food News Fast – March 25, 2013

New York’s old Fulton Fish Market is battling to become the next grand metropolitan food destination…unless Howard Hughes Corp has their way. [Mother Jones] The “convenience” of collecting eggs from your backyard chickens comes with a tiny warning label: might contain salmonella. Maybe you should rethink buying those chicks for Easter. [NPR] It’s possible to fight a CAFO in your community and win. The David and Goliath story of HOMES. [Civil Eats] Bill Gates sees […]

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March 25, 2013 at 11:33 amFood News Fast News

Ethical Dining and Restaurant Workers Rights

Ethical Dining and Restaurant Workers Rights

“People eat with blinders. We just want to eat our nice dinner without thinking about whether the person who made it is ok.” This statement, made by Barbara Sibley at last week’s roundtable discussion on Food, Justice, and Restaurants at the New School for Public Engagement, undoubtedly struck a nerve or two. It took the question that had thus far been tacitly woven into each speaker’s stated experiences and thrust it onto the table like […]

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March 25, 2013 at 6:00 amPolicy

The Root of the Horse Slaughter Controversy

The Root of the Horse Slaughter Controversy

Only a short while since Europe’s horse meat scandal died down, this doesn’t seem the most prudent time to discuss opening a horse processing plant in the United States. Yet that’s exactly what Valley Meat Co., based in Roswell, NM, is trying to do. Horses have always straddled the line between companions and work animals. To “put them to work” we ride them, putting physical contact between human and horse in a way that’s simply unnecessary with […]

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March 24, 2013 at 6:00 amNews