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This Book Will Turn You Into a Healthy Eater – Diet Not Included

This Book Will Turn You Into a Healthy Eater – Diet Not Included

When you go to a buffet do you: A. Pick up a plate and start filling it with the first thing you see? B. Do a quick sweep to find your favorite foods? Once you’ve gotten your food do you: A. Sit in a table closest to the buffet in a seat where you can keep your eye on it? B. Sit near a window or in a secluded place facing away from the buffet? […]

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November 12, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Reviews

The Third Plate – Dan Barber’s Food Movement 2.0

The Third Plate – Dan Barber’s Food Movement 2.0

“It’s hopeless and naïve to try to argue that farmers markets can feed all of us.” Dan Barber is pessimistic, to say the least, about the state of food in America. The chef, restaurateur, and de-facto spokesman for farm-to-table cooking offers an argument for reformation in his new book, The Third Plate. The eponymous plate is Chef Barber’s vision of a meal he might serve a generation from now. Instead of the seven ounce serving of […]

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July 16, 2014 at 7:00 amFeatures Reviews

Finally, In Meat We Trust Provides a Non-Partisan History of Meat

Finally, In Meat We Trust Provides a Non-Partisan History of Meat

The bestselling books about meat have always been polarizing. Starting in 1906 with the publication of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, we’ve pointed fingers at a lot of villains in the meat industry – the McDonalds’s, the Tyson’s, the industry captains who are hurting workers, polluting rivers, and ruining our health. What we’ve rarely done is point those fingers back at ourselves. That’s precisely what happens in Maureen Ogle’s excellent book In Meat We Trust, a historic […]

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March 18, 2014 at 8:00 amReviews

Beyond Animal Rights – Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals

Pig Going to Slaughter - Canada
(from Ghosts in Our Machine/We Animals)

When you think of the visuals you’ve seen from conventional farms or slaughterhouses, there’s a good chance an animal rights organization like PETA is behind them. Usually they’re grainy. With laws like the so-called Ag-Gag bills passed in 10 states as well as 2006’s Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, it’s easy to presume any footage was taken without the owner’s permission. The graphics you’ve seen were probably meant to shock you. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur is trying […]

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March 5, 2014 at 1:25 pmCulture Reviews

Is Chipotle Miniseries “Farmed and Dangerous” Clever Satire or Another Attack on Big Ag?

Is Chipotle Miniseries “Farmed and Dangerous” Clever Satire or Another Attack on Big Ag?

Chipotle presented their first national commercial during the 2011 Grammy awards. Titled “Back to the Start,” the advertisement—which at two and a half minutes was more of a short film—told the story of a man who switches to factory farming methods, discovers the error of his ways, and goes back to sustainable farming practices. That advertisement, with its ensuing media coverage and awards, set the tone for Chipotle’s “Food With Integrity” marketing plan. Rather than […]

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February 21, 2014 at 1:01 pmFeatures Reviews

The Lexicon of Sustainability Grows on PBS

The Lexicon of Sustainability Grows on PBS

The nonprofit, Lexicon of Sustainability was founded in 2010 by Douglas Gayeton and Linda Howard-Gayeton. After years of experience working in and around food, they’d become familiar with many of the troubles that plague our current food system. Yet they knew that many people not only weren’t talking about food and sustainability – they didn’t even have the vocabulary to follow the conversation. Out of this premise, a simple mission was born. Not to completely […]

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February 12, 2014 at 11:39 amCulture Multimedia Reviews

This Is Why You’re Bad at Eating

This Is Why You’re Bad at Eating

If you’ve read the sentences, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” You’ve gotten a taste of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. A New York Times #1 bestseller when it was published in 2008, it’s not exactly an unknown tome of food wisdom. Yet it somehow missed my list of books to read until a few weeks ago. I’ve read a lot of books in this genre but only a few have inspired me to […]

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January 31, 2014 at 9:00 amFeatures Reviews

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

Two Days at the Texas FARFA Conference

Two Days at the Texas FARFA Conference

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that is based in Texas and acts as “an advocate for independent farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, and homesteaders, as well as the consumers who support them.” They are involved in such issues as animal identification, food safety, raw milk, the farm bill, and GMOs. Held over two days just outside of Austin, the 7th annual conference addressed national issues, but the focus of the conference […]

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October 4, 2013 at 10:15 amReviews

A Wheat Field Grows in Manhattan

A Wheat Field Grows in Manhattan

A wheat field once grew in Lower Manhattan, covering two acres of landfill with lush, amber waves of grain. At first glance, the photos appear edited, but the field is as real as the New York City skyscrapers behind it. Part of EXPO 1:NEW YORK, a deeply moving module currently at MoMA PS1, Agnes Denes‘ “Wheatfield – a Confrontation: Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan” (1982), offers a rare glimpse of The Twin Towers and the Statue of Liberty behind […]

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August 8, 2013 at 4:34 pmReviews