Archive for June, 2014

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

Perfect Ice Cream is a Science

Perfect Ice Cream is a Science

What’s the difference between hard, crunchier ice cream and soft serve? This video by the American Chemical Society’s series Reactions might not help you make your own batch at home but will explain the science of how ice and cream come together to become a delicious summer treat. Also, how much fun does this look? -Tove K. Danovich Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They […]

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June 25, 2014 at 9:19 amColumns Table Scraps

The Real History of Summer’s Favorite Drink – Pimm’s Cup

The Real History of Summer’s Favorite Drink – Pimm’s Cup

In London on June 23rd the sun will rise at 4:44 am and set at 9:22pm. That same day will see the start of one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon, and from sun up to sun down the city will be awash in a summer libation called a Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. Within the hallowed gates of Wimbledon alone over 40,000 pints of the summery, herbaceous cocktail will be sold […]

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June 24, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – June 23, 2014

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In order to reach a trans-Atlantic trade pact, the U.S. wants the European Union to ease up on genetic engineering and other food restrictions. [New York Times] Dutch farmers have cut their antibiotic use in half during a long-term trial run to see if large-scale farms can profit without growth antibiotics. [Modern Farmer] Billionaire Mark Spitznagel’s herd of grazing goats was kicked out of Detroit after two days. Maybe it’s time for the city to think […]

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June 23, 2014 at 10:06 amFood News Fast News

Food Fund Friday – The Tales of 2 Urban Farms

Food Fund Friday – The Tales of 2 Urban Farms

This week’s Food Fund Friday is highlighting not one but two projects looking for some Kickstarter love. Though they’re both urban farms and both based in Brooklyn, they’re taking very different approaches to unused land and programming. Farm-in-the-Sky is a 10,000 foot farm in Bushwick, Brooklyn located on top of unused roof space. As part of EcoStation (you can read our past profile of the organization here), youth programming will be a primary focus. Fourteen young […]

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June 20, 2014 at 11:36 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Is the Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Scare Over?

Is the Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Scare Over?

A study published yesterday in the journal Nature has found a way to end the specter of drug-resistant bacteria. They found that by attacking the cell membrane, they could weaken the bacteria enough to kill it off – all without ever allowing a drug to interact with the cell itself. A statement from the University of East Anglia where the research was conducted reports that this new information could end drug-resistance forever. “Until now little has been […]

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June 19, 2014 at 12:13 pmNews

One Small Step for ISSpresso, One Giant Leap for Space Caffeine

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Every once in a while we like to turn away from what’s happening on the ground to look up at the stars. Space food is neat stuff. Not only do scientists have to make the food palatable and nutritious, but you can’t have perishable items orbiting the earth. Then there’s the psychology of food. How can scientists recreate those items that aren’t strictly necessary but provide comfort and a brief respite from the reality of […]

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June 18, 2014 at 2:52 pmCulture

What’s the Deal With Garlic Breath?

What’s the Deal With Garlic Breath?

Have you ever wondered why garlic – that delicious addition to any Italian food – is not the food you want to eat before kissing? Just what is it that causes garlic to make your breath and anything else it touches smell garlicky for hours? The American Chemical Society’s series “Reactions” joined up with Compound Interest to create this short explanation. If only there were a way to chop garlic without, well, chopping it. Food […]

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June 17, 2014 at 8:41 amColumns Culture Table Scraps