Archive for December, 2013

The Top 5 Posts of 2013

The Top 5 Posts of 2013

On the last day of the calendar year, we’re rounding up the five most popular articles of 2013. These posts have had thousands of views from readers throughout the world and exhibit the range of opinions, authors, and subjects we strive to cultivate in this publication. 5. Washington State’s I-522: The Road to GMO Labeling This article by Sara Lavenhar was published on February 18, 2013 – the very first day Food Politic went live! […]

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December 31, 2013 at 9:00 amNews

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving a Face to Big-Ag

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving a Face to Big-Ag

If you like both watching videos on YouTube and farming, you’ve probably heard of the Peterson Brothers. In 2012 the three boys – Greg, Nathan, and Kendal – who’d grown up on their family’s beef farm in Kansas decided to turn the farming life into something a little bit catchier. Covering LMFAO’s song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” they created a song that brought agriculture to the public: “I’m Farming and I Grow It.” A […]

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December 30, 2013 at 7:00 amCulture

The Urban Farmers of Sesame Street

The Urban Farmers of Sesame Street

In this old Sesame Street song, workers sing about the fun of cooperation and working together on a neighborhood garden! 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. -Tove K. Danovich

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December 27, 2013 at 9:44 amTable Scraps

Cranberry Growers Bogged Down With Supply

Cranberry Growers Bogged Down With Supply

Cranberry growers in the United States simply have too much fruit. After spending millions expanding cranberry bogs at the request of Ocean Spray and other major processors, a huge harvest in Canada caused prices to plummet. Now, without the projected growth of juice or dried cranberry sales overseas, growers are struggling to make ends meet. Tom Lochner, executive director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, sees a big problem looming for his state’s growers. […]

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December 26, 2013 at 1:33 pmAgriculture News

Food Advertisements of Christmas’ Past

A 1959 advertisement for Nestle's Cream

Advertisements run amok during the holidays – that time of year when retailers from all sectors compete with each other for a place in your family’s celebrations. Though food doesn’t usually find its way into wrapped boxes underneath the Christmas tree, marketers in the food industry know people are revving up for their holiday feasts. The following commercials show some attempts over the years to make one dish the first your family thinks of when stomachs […]

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December 24, 2013 at 12:08 pmCulture Multimedia

Food News Fast – December 24, 2013

(Credit: Brett Woodvine)

Christmas trees can be an important off-season source of income for farmers. [Modern Farmer] China has rejected over 545,000 tons of an unapproved strain of GE corn from the United States. [BBC News] NYC has become the largest city to ban styrofoam food containers. [EcoWatch] Do bean plants think? Watch the video and decide for yourself. [The New Yorker Online] Salinas, California is hoping to upgrade their agriculture. [NPR] Pecan crops, one of Georgia’s biggest […]

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December 24, 2013 at 11:04 amFood News Fast News

Where Did Sriracha Come From?

Where Did Sriracha Come From?

Last week filmmaker Griffin Hammond released a 33-minute documentary detailing the origin story of Sriracha – the most beloved hot sauce in America. Sriracha, the movie! got its funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Hammond asked for $5,000 in donations to complete the film and received over $21,000 from sriracha fans instead. This is the kind of enthusiasm that marks sriracha fans across the United States. The original sriracha is a blend of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, […]

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December 23, 2013 at 10:41 amNews

Table Scraps – Grand Coulee Dam

Table Scraps – Grand Coulee Dam

This newsreel from the mid-1900s gives a brief overview of Washington State’s Coulee Dam and the importance it played to local agriculture. The purpose of the dam, built in 1942, was to provide electricity and water to irrigate neighboring farms. By 1952 the dam irrigated over 66,000 acres. However, the Grand Coulee lacks a salmon ladder that would have allowed fish to continue spawning, essentially causing the collapse of Columbia River Basin salmon. Like many large […]

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December 20, 2013 at 9:41 amTable Scraps

Food News Fast – December 19, 2013

Food News Fast – December 19, 2013

This Stanford PhD left a life as an epidemiologist to become a fruit picker for the hungry. [NPR] In the wake of White Wave’s sale to Earthbound Farms. [Monterey County Weekly] For snackers, sugar – not fat – is the real draw. [New York Times] How did Edible become such a large magazine franchise? [Modern Farmer] The neonic pesticides that are so bad for bees might pose developmental problems for babies too. [Grist] As customers […]

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December 19, 2013 at 1:22 pmFood News Fast News

Eggnogs Across America

Eggnogs Across America

It’s eggnog time. The season when odd packages join the milk aisles of grocery stores to be picked out and savored throughout the holiday season. Eggnog, also once called “egg milk punch,” is the beverage that tastes better when you don’t think about the ingredient list. (Especially if you’re buying it from the grocery store.) Eggnog is the only Christmas beverage to be implicated in a riot, It’s sold commercially only between mid-October through the end […]

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December 18, 2013 at 12:39 pmNews