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Food News Fast – January 12, 2014

Food News Fast – January 12, 2014

Craft breweries are making so many new beers that they’re running out of names – and it’s getting them into legal trouble. [NPR] Bill Gates tested a machine that turns human waste into drinking water. [Foodbeast] There’s a Hello Kitty themed farm in Hong Kong. [Modern Farmer] Traffic light food labels may nudge people into eating better. [Civil Eats] Just like people, fish brought out of water too quickly can get the bends – but […]

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January 12, 2015 at 8:00 amUncategorized

Top Reads of 2014

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Dear Readers, As we wrap up our food news and culture programming for 2014, we’re taking a look back at your favorite posts. Some, like “Why I’m not a ‘Foodie’” are oldies but goodies – still bringing new eyeballs to the page almost a year and a half later. Others, like Monica Johnson’s wonderful series “Putting Up Your Harvest” were new this year and allowed us to branch out into new territory. To date, we’ve published […]

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December 31, 2014 at 8:08 amUncategorized

Why Is There Fish in Pig and Poultry Feed?

Why Is There Fish in Pig and Poultry Feed?

Straight From the Farmer’s Mouth shares stories about farming as told by farmers. Plucked from the countless blogs tirelessly kept by the people who grow and make our food, this series shows food from the other side of the table. A Fishy Dilemma Menhaden, anchovy, sardines, herring- all what are known as “forage fish” and form the basis of the fish food pyramid (well phyto and zoo plankton are actually the base, forage fish are […]

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December 3, 2014 at 8:19 amUncategorized

Food News Fast – November 10, 2014

Food News Fast – November 10, 2014

The alpaca bubble failed to deliver on a get-rich-quick scheme to the detriment of owners and animals. [Modern Farmer] The trials and tribulations of the farm and lifestyle magazine known as Modern Farmer. [New Yorker] Thanks to heirloom seeds, Appalachia has one of the most diverse foodsheds on the continent. [NPR] Iowa restaurant offers discount to customers who put away their phones and talk to each other. [Des Moines Register] The UK’s goat cheese may […]

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November 10, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News Uncategorized

Our First Year!

Our First Year!

Today marks the day that Food Politic: Journal of Food News and Culture celebrates its first year of life. We’ve accomplished some pretty great things in one year but still have a long way to go to become the resource and community sounding board that was our goal from the beginning. When we started, we imagined Food Politic as a place where anyone – from PhD economists to students, farmers to artists, bloggers to professional […]

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February 18, 2014 at 9:25 amUncategorized

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

Madisonians know where their food comes from – not because they’re scrutinizing labels or going out to eat – but because they’re digging into their community garden plots and perusing the farmers’ market every Saturday. The Dane County Farmers’ Market stretches around all four sides of the state capitol building, and is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. Vendors make their own cheese curds, produce artisinal pasta and bloody mary mix, pickle mushrooms […]

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July 23, 2013 at 2:04 pmMidwest Seasonal Recipes Uncategorized

Food Fund Fridays – The Nourishmat

Food Fund Fridays – The Nourishmat

Gardening gets more high-tech every day. The Nourishmat, brainchild of founders John Gorby and Phil Weiner, is a garden that you just have to unroll, water, and grow. With pre-made holes already spaced for seeding, optional connection for automatic irrigation, and a weed barrier, the Nourishmat and its sister product the Herbmat (which, unsurprisingly, grows herbs), want gardening to feel accessible to people who feel they don’t have the time, energy, or knowhow to grow food […]

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July 12, 2013 at 12:58 pmUncategorized

Mapping Montana’s Local Food Movement

Mapping Montana’s Local Food Movement

While geography and food are often tied together in the food movement’s semantics with concepts like “food shed,” “terroir,” “food miles” and the ever-defensive “local,” we now have a tool that can illustrate and even quantify all of these ideas at once. Montana’s Department of Agriculture released an interactive, multi-layered map that answers all of your questions about local farming. Curious about what your neighbors are growing and whether it’s sold locally? Interested in the […]

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May 9, 2013 at 3:30 pmUncategorized

Big-Ag Afraid of its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Big-Ag Afraid of its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Disclaimer: This piece contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse, collected by investigators working undercover as farm workers who have used their videos to criminalize abusive animal owners.  America’s history of undercover investigative journalism, most notably Upton Sinclair’s 1906 The Jungle, which exposed the unsanitary conditions of food processing sites, and Elizabeth Jane Cochran’s undercover investigation of the conditions in insane asylums, are famous for changing public opinion of our food and health systems, and instigating […]

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April 24, 2013 at 11:48 amPolicy Uncategorized

Just Food Conference: Day Two

Just Food Conference: Day Two

If you’d like to read about the first day of the conference, just click here! You know that feeling you get in high school where suddenly you know where all your classes are, how to get to the best bathroom, and where to sit at lunch? That was how I felt today going in to round two of the Just Food Conference. Only some of this was due to the fact that the events themselves […]

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March 31, 2013 at 3:00 amNews Uncategorized