Archive for October, 2013

Sand Animator David Myriam Uses Art to Show the Reality of Foie Gras

Sand Animator David Myriam Uses Art to Show the Reality of Foie Gras

David Myriam is a French artist who has worked since 1990 in the mediums of drawings, comics, poems, short stories, sand performances, and short sand animation films. His short film “Mangez Buvez Gavez/It’s Not Food!” uses live sand painting to tell the story behind the foie gras we get in clever in-store packaging. It’s a beautiful and harrowing take on an industry that many of us have heard of before. This new take on a story […]

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October 31, 2013 at 11:16 amCulture Multimedia

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: Riverpark Farm

Riverpark restaurant exterior 
[Monica Johnson]

In 2011, a large urban farm was created to service the highly acclaimed Riverpark restaurant. Utilizing a stalled construction site, the farm was designed with mobility in mind using lined milk crates. This makes it easy to move and create the size and shape of the farm. At the beginning of this year, construction resumed and the milk crates were relocated. Now, the farm now exists a few feet away from its original location. Following […]

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October 30, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

California Presents: Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Dill

California Presents: Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Dill

Potatoes are in season in California from late summer through the fall. When the farmers dig their potatoes this time of year, I love to buy tiny fingerlings. They are grown for their taste and texture, not for quantity, so the resulting crop is always extra sweet and creamy. A simple preparation is best if you want to appreciate the earthiness of the fingerling potatoes. After a gentle simmer, I prefer to toss them with […]

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October 29, 2013 at 8:00 amSeasonal Recipes West

Busting the “Organic Is Expensive” Myth

Busting the “Organic Is Expensive” Myth

The Cost of Organic Food Is Worth It and—Surprise—It’s Not Always Higher “Organic food is too expensive.” It’s a complaint we, as organic farmers and advocates, hear all too often. And we’ve practiced and often repeated our defense of organic food’s higher price tag: it’s worth every extra penny in terms of a long-term investment in our health and in protecting the environment. When people complain of the high price of organic foods, farmer Joel […]

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October 28, 2013 at 7:00 amCulture

Food News Fast – October 25, 2013

Food News Fast – October 25, 2013

A brief history of the fashion icon you know as the bib overall. [Modern Farmer] Even McDonald’s hotline workers know that their employees need to sign up for food stamps and government assistance to make ends meet. [Huffington Post] Now Detroit isn’t just becoming the land of urban farms, urban woodlands are breaking ground too. [Detroit Free Press] In honor of Food Day (10/24) the organizers published this handy Food Literacy Quiz. How much do […]

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October 25, 2013 at 10:34 amFood News Fast News

Table Scraps: Making Stop-Animation Spaghetti

PES Western Spaghetti

Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They don’t have enough calories for a full article but are just too good to let go to waste. A viral video in 2009, PES‘ film Western Spaghetti was a Sundance Film Festival Winner. Another short film by PES, “Fresh Guacamole” was nominated for an Oscar in 2013. While there are a number of serious issues in our […]

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October 25, 2013 at 9:28 amColumns Table Scraps

The Most Graphic Game

Dog With Hare, Holland, 2009

“Isabella Hunts” Captures the International Search for Wild Game Though people have been able to hunt the aisles of their local grocery store for meat rather than trekking into the wild for decades, hunting has held its ground. At once a sport and a genuine source of food, each culture has kept its own version of man’s original greatest game. Yet, beyond the pages of literature hunting has largely disappeared from daily modern life. For […]

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October 24, 2013 at 9:57 amCulture Features Multimedia

Brief Interviews on Local Farms: OKO Farms

Plants growing in an aquaponics system at Oko Farms
[Monica Johnson]

OKO Farms is an aquaponic farm located in Brooklyn founded by three collaborating parties: Moore Street Market, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), and OKO Farms. Aquaponics is becoming a popular way to farm as it simulates a symbiotic and naturally occurring system between plants and fish and provides both for consumption. Following is my interview with Yemi Amu and Jonathan Boe, co-founders of OKO farms. MJ: You are an aquaponic farm located at the […]

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October 23, 2013 at 9:00 amColumns Culture Farm and Food Profiles

Food News Fast – October 22, 2013

Food News Fast – October 22, 2013

The spill heard round the world. Retro Report revisits the story of a 79-year-old woman who won a $2.9 million suit against McDonald’s. [New York Times] Months after a public school in Flushing, New York went 100% vegetarian, test scores and overall health are improving. [EcoWatch] The story of Sriracha’s rise to success in sushi bars and kitchens all over the world. [Quartz] In an effort to save water for the future, Kansas farmers have […]

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October 22, 2013 at 12:11 pmFood News Fast News

GMO OMG! is a Documentary About People, Not Science

GMO OMG! is a Documentary About People, Not Science

Aly Miller also had a chance to interview GMO OMG! director Jeremy Seifert in October 2013. To read his personal answers about the film, read this illuminating Q&A. When I saw GMO OMG!, Jeremy Seifert’s documentary about genetically modified food, I was prepared by critics for an “outrage documentary” – the sensationalist kind of film that turns omnivores into vegans, if only for a week. Instead, Seifert presented a storyline that didn’t stop at the […]

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October 21, 2013 at 11:30 amReviews