Bonnie Azab Powell

Bonnie Azab Powell was Grist's food editor until February 2011. A dot-com-bubble rider turned university refugee, Bonnie co-founded one of the first "food-politics" blogs, The Ethicurean, in May 2006 -- also coining that term to describe someone interested in sustainable, organic, local, and ethical (SOLE) food that also happens to be tasty.

Obsessed with our broken food system, she switched from writing freelance business and technology articles to SOLE food. Her work has appeared in a bunch of places printed on dead trees. She lives in the Bay Area, where she gardens half-assedly and cooks wholeheartedly while running two meat CSAs for small local farms. She loathes the word "foodie."

Grinding us down

Food-safety bill stalled; Stabenow named Senate ag chair

The world's greatest deliberative body didn't manage to vote on the food safety bill before their Thanksgiving recess.

Chewing the Scenery

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

Joad Cressbeckler has just heard that genetically modified potatoes have been approved (they're actually being planted in the E.U.), and fears that they're coming for us.

Pass the Tester

Tester amendment protecting local food production now attached to food-safety bill

Last night, consumer groups joined forces with the sustainable agriculture camp, agreeing to enough compromises in the Tester-Hagan amendment for its protections of "family-scale farms" and small processors to be included in the package of amendments agreed to by both sides in advance. This is great news.

Grinding it out

Industry groups putting the screws to senators over food-safety bill amendments

The Tester amendment protecting small farms and processors is still in play, while Feinstein's bisphenol-A ban appears dead in the water.

Dim summary

Google's Hotpot debuts: Cool party, lukewarm reception

Google's launch party for Hotpot, its new location-based, restaurant-rating service, was just as fun as the old bubble-era shindigs used to be. Too bad it seems more like Why?-ware than Web 3.0.

The Everyday Ethicurean

Savoring the last of summer with a 'Rustic Tomato and Chard Tart'

Like my colleague Tom Philpott, I believe that cooking "from scratch" doesn't have to be either intimidating or onerous. Tom is a much better cook than I am, but I won't let that stop me from sharing some of the simple meals I make from local, seasonal ingredients.

Eat and greet

Please welcome the adventurous locavore of 'The Perennial Plate' [VIDEO]

Long winters, ice fishing, slaughterhouses, urban gardens, and foraging for wild edibles all are ingredients for Daniel Klein's video feasts, which are set to a seriously awesome raucous soundtrack.

Slicker shock

Urban agriculture in West Oakland gets a $4 million boost

City Slicker Farms gets $4 million from the state to buy land for an "urban farm park" that will not only grow food for residents, but provide a safe place to play and hang out.

Chewing the scenery

'Nourish' TV show encourages Americans to ask where their food comes from

Hosted by Cameron Diaz, Nourish features interviews with an all-star cast of the sustainable/real/we-know-it-when-we-eat-it food movement.

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