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Brother, can you spare a fridge?

Lush for life: Yes, my family likes to enjoy the bubbles around the holidays.Photo: Bonnie Powell A few weeks ago, my spare side-by-side fridge/freezer up and died. I was (and remain) pissed about this. It's a fancy-pants Samsung, about four years old, and the Sears repair guy said the compressor would cost $800 to fix -- 75% of what the fridge was new. "Samsung's great for TVs; crap for fridges," he said. Why do I have a spare fridge? Well, three adults and one baby live here, and I cook a lot, far more often than I feel like shopping. …

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Favorite food books of 2010

Here at Grist Food virtual headquarters, we were grappling with the obligatory green-holiday-gift-guide pressure, batting around DIY ideas like fruit-infused vodka, home-made granola ... you know, virtuous hippie stuff. Then, perhaps like you, we procrastinated, both on this feature and our own gift-making. So on the theory that nothing beats the gift of knowledge, we asked some of our friends in the sustainable-food movement to tell us the best food-related books they read this year. And because used books are greener than new (albeit not for starving authors) we said it didn't matter what year the book was published, only …

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FarmHack celebrates 'resourceful farming with found materials'

Get this plant party started: When the PBR keg is tapped, turn your cups into seedling homes. Photos: Benjamin Shute Poultry kill cone made from an old mailboxFarming is not a career path for people who want to get rich. Sixty percent of small farms in America have sales of under $10,000 a year [PDF], and survive because someone in the family has an off-farm job. Young farmers in particular have to pinch their pennies hard. Fortunately, the field attracts tinkerers, makers, and make-doers -- and now they've begun open-sourcing their inventions on FarmHack, a blog about "Resourceful Farming with …

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U.K. chef goes from zero-waste restaurants to affordable co-op supermarket [VIDEO]

In America, when restaurants brag about how eco-friendly they are, it's usually because they've switched to compostable takeout containers and serve their own house-fizzified tap water instead of bottled. But to U.K. chef/restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson, that kind of stuff is just the babiest of baby steps. As Dawson explains in this inspiring TED talk, his London restaurants Acorn House and Water House compost their green waste, feed it to worms, and use it in their own food-growing gardens, which drink from pebble-filtered restaurant water. And that's just the beginning. The two restaurants are part of a planned zero-carbon quintet, …

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Men in aprons, food-police backlash, and 8 more trends

Men in aprons are sexy. OK, not all men, and not all aprons. But pie is good!Photo: Carol BrowneIt's the end of the year, and that means publications everywhere are ramping up their Best/Worst/Most Lists and Trends to Watch in 2011. (Grist is no exception. Hey, we've got our own holiday baking and recycled gift-wrapping to do too, you know -- and lists are way easier than hard-hitting investigations!) The Food Channel website worked with some marketing firms to assemble what is in fact a pretty good list of the top trends we saw take shape this year -- although …

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The real nitty-gritty on small farms and the food-safety bill

As recently as Monday, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) seemed set to sail through the House and to the president's desk for rubber-stamping. But now it's stalled in the Senate yet again, due to a technical error that could well sink the legislation -- and with it any prospects for food-safety reform for a generation. While advocates fight for the bill's life amid the chaos of the lame-duck Senate, renewed opposition to S. 510 is popping up in some surprising corners. Many family-scale farm supporters had been overjoyed at the inclusion of the Tester-Hagan amendment into the Manager's …

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Jon Stewart smacks Glenn Beck over food safety bill

Jon Stewart lauded the Senate last night for finally passing the Food Safety Modernization Act -- OK, almost passing -- in the face of stubborn opposition from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and the bitter, recalcitrant talking heads at Fox News.  He has some fun with Glenn Beck in particular, who sneers that the FDA was created by progressive Theodore Roosevelt as if that's a bad thing -- you know, "that damn FDA, started 100 years ago just to make sure that the milk bottles you got were full of milk, instead of white paint and rat [bleep]," as Stewart mocks. …

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What food pros are looking forward to this Thanksgiving

Those of us who write about food for a living don't welcome Thanksgiving. It gets boring. (Five years ago, before Tom joined the staff of Grist, its editors commissioned him to write a Thanksgiving-themed piece.) Frankly, we think turkey kind of sucks: Most of what ends up on American tables has been raised in industrial feedlots and then, to add insult to injury, overcooked. The vegetable side dishes are all the same, from coast to coast: heavy on starch, low on flavor. The history of the holiday is troubling, too. But even so, Thanksgiving is a national, convivial feast -- …

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Food-safety bill stalled; Stabenow named Senate ag chair

Watching C-Span's live coverage of the Senate deliberations yesterday over the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is enough to make me long for a dictatorship to move things along. I mean really, would it kill Congress to computerize its voting? As of Thursday morning, chances had looked good for passing S. 510, which considering we haven't updated our food-safety laws since 1938, would have been a step forward. Consumer protection groups had made a deal with the sustainable agriculture camp to revise the Tester-Hagan small-farm amendment enough to get it included in the Manager's amendment to the bill, meaning …

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The Onion serves up some 'wrath-minded' GM taters [VIDEO]

It's been a disappointing week for food safety. The Food Safety Modernization Act is stalled in the Senate until after Thanksgiving -- and the amendment banning bisphenol-A from baby bottles has been quashed by the chemical industry. Meanwhile, the FDA seems set to approve genetically modified salmon, sidelining government fish experts who should be consulted. Even the Onion has caught the bad-food bug. Check out the latest episode starring crotchety crank pundit Joad Cressbeckler, who's just heard that genetically modified potatoes have been approved (they're actually being planted in the E.U.), and fears that this interference with their DNA will …

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