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Goodbye To All This

Goodbye To All This

It’s been a wonderful two years. We’ve published 525 articles by 81 amazing authors and talked about everything from food trends to life on a farm to food deserts. Our authors have been PhDs, students, farmers, journalists, and eaters. Yet today I have to make a bittersweet announcement: Food Politic is closing up shop. Though we accomplished so very much we were never able to get funding to pay our writers and working on a […]

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January 22, 2015 at 9:50 amFeatures

From Udder to Plate: Two Faces of Vermont’s Goat Cheese Scene

From Udder to Plate: Two Faces of Vermont’s Goat Cheese Scene

They want YOU to raise goats. Miles Hooper and Joey Conner, that is. Preferably not too far from the Vermont Creamery. And if you can manage a goat milk with high protein content, a clean bill on pathogens, and a hint of clover in the finish, your milk will be heartily welcomed. What a long way American goat cheese has come. The little chèvre that was once considered a stranger from foreign parts now has […]

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December 10, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Features

Honey + Schmaltz Shows the Non-Latke Side of Jewish Cuisine

Credit: Sari Kamin

“People don’t think, ‘Oh my god, that incredible Jewish food restaurant.’” Sari Kamin says. “It’s not a revered cuisine. It’s not French cuisine. It’s not Italian cuisine.” Despite all this and partially because of it, Kamin started Honey + Schmaltz, a project to collect Jewish recipes and the stories behind them. It all started in the final year of a Master’s program in food studies. Kamin had to develop a project – a thesis of […]

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November 5, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features

When Fast Food Slows Down

When Fast Food Slows Down

You know the market for artisinal, craft foods is booming when some of the world’s biggest food companies try to cash in on the action. Fast food and soda have been scrambling to stay relevant with that key group of consumers you hear so much about – millennials. Sales of cheap, sweet sodas, burgers, fries, tacos, and more have been slowing for a decade or more. Per capita soda consumption in the United States has […]

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October 22, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features

With Fast Food’s Bait-and-Switch There’s No Truth in Advertising

Dario D.

With a mind-boggling number of products to choose from, advertising is everything. It’s especially true in the food industry. Unlike vacuum cleaners which probably aren’t purchased more often than every few years, people need food multiple times a day, every day. This means that every Taco Bell advertisement on the way to your office is another enticement to eat there for lunch. Each magazine ad for Crunch bars is a reason to buy those and […]

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October 15, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

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

Why Farmers are Voting for an Independent Scotland

Credit: UK Electoral Commission

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

Cultivating Farmworker Advocates, One Student at a Time

Cultivating Farmworker Advocates, One Student at a Time

Like many farmworker advocates, Melinda Wiggins can rattle off a long list of injustices faced by the people who harvest America’s food — stagnant wages, unsafe working conditions, housing often unfit for human habitation, and one she finds particularly unconscionable: Many farmworkers aren’t allowed visitors in the camps where they live. “I’ve had a grower tell me it’s just like his kids who want to have visitors,” she told me. “They need to ask him […]

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September 8, 2014 at 9:00 amFeatures

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Finding Food and Culture in the Caribbean Isles “Come out da road!” he shouted and pushed me forcefully into a rocky strip of sand as a bus came tearing around the corner. I felt a WHOOSH of air and slight vacuum left by its departure as I blinked my eyes in the sun and glanced backward to see what had happened. Dwayne, officially the maintenance man at our rental house but today our tour guide […]

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September 3, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures Seasonal Recipes