Archive for September, 2014

Food News Fast – September 29, 2014

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Why it’s so hard to discover where your fruit was grown and what those little PLU codes are actually for. [Mother Jones] Cultivating biodiversity on the farm. [CSA News] Packaged ice is a $2 billion a year industry that keeps urban food systems cool. [Miracle of Feeding Cities] At roadside stands, “local” food isn’t always what it seems. [Narratively] Gorgeous essay about the struggle and heartbreak of the new American dustbowl, known to many as […]

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September 29, 2014 at 11:03 amFood News Fast News

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

I’m obsessed with honey. Ever since writing a paper on its history during my freshman year of college, I was hooked. Did you know that bees were the first domesticated “animal” we used for food? Or that it has antibiotic properties that can soothe burns? Maybe you heard that 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination? Oh, yeah, and it’s delicious and never goes bad. If the world needed to put together a […]

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September 26, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Beans

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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.  Beans, beans the more you eat… Ok, really, beans […]

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September 26, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Milk Not Jails Uses Dairy to Reform Prisons and the Rural Economy

Milk Not Jails Uses Dairy to Reform Prisons and the Rural Economy

Prison reform and agriculture don’t seem to have much in common. The first usually deals with human rights, rehabilitation, wrongful incarceration; agriculture is about rural communities, food economy, and environment. Yet if you take a closer look at rural areas throughout the United States, you might find an interesting connection between them. In New York State, 90 percent of state prisons are located in rural areas. Though NYC may feel like the center of finance […]

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September 24, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – September 22, 2014

Food News Fast – September 22, 2014

Meeting the real victims of the Peanut Corporation of America poisoning. [Food Safety News] The jury results are in: all are guilty in the PCA trial. [Food Safety News] A fascinating look at whether Scotland becoming a free company could affect the nation’s food prices. [Vice] A little lesson in statistics and how good the USDA agricultural census is for giving the public accurate information. [Modern Farmer] Is eating local just a modern day famine […]

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September 22, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

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.  I’ll be honest—I’m not a huge fan of eggplant. […]

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September 19, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Why Farmers are Voting for an Independent Scotland

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On Thursday, September 18, Scotland will vote on whether it should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent country once again. The independence movement is so strong that media outlets are already imagining what the iconic Union Jack flag would look like without Scotland’s blue color contribution. There are a lot of decisions on the horizon if Scotland secedes from the United Kingdom. What will their currency look like? What will happen […]

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September 17, 2014 at 8:14 pmFeatures News

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

Just in case you missed the life cycle of New Nordic Cuisine, here it is. Claus Meyer and René Redzepi started it in 2003 with the opening of Noma. In 2005 the Nordic Council of Ministers adopted a manifesto and twelve Scandinavian chefs signed it. Ragnar Egilsson of the Reykjavik Grapevine declared it dead late last month. So that was fast. Except that, if you take dining out seriously at all, New Nordic Cuisine isn’t […]

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September 17, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

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 […]

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September 15, 2014 at 10:21 amFood News Fast News

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

Farm equipment is expensive. Large tractors, combines, and sprayers cost anywhere from $20,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only farmers who can feasibly work that kind of expense into their budget are the ones growing hundreds of acres of monoculture crops. This leaves a lot of small- and medium-sized farmers with a lot of hard labor to do by hand. Mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur Rory Aronson hadn’t thought much about agriculture or […]

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September 12, 2014 at 8:30 amAgriculture Columns Food Fund Fridays