Samuel Fromartz

Samuel Fromartz is author of the recently published Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew. See excerpts and background at his website.

  • Name that calf

    Cough up a little dough for a cute cause

    The birth of an organic calf on Dec. 12 wouldn’t be news, except for the fact that it was the first organic calf born on the nation’s first organic dairy research farm at the University of New Hampshire. Now, for …

  • Cook that chicken!

    Consumer Reports finds chicken riddled with bacteria

    I didn’t catch this two-day-old story until now, but it’s causing me to reheat my homemade chicken broth to boiling. Consumer Reports found a stunning 83 percent of all chickens it tested harbored campylobacter or salmonella, the leading bacterial causes …

  • Chew on this organic commentary

    Reflections on the state of organic from an old pro

    Bob Scowcroft, executive director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation and a longtime presence in the world of California — and national — organic farming, published a provocative essay recently on where organic came from and where it’s headed. He …

  • Night of the living dead (chicken)

    Zombie hens survive euthanasia

    In a truly bizarre story, laying hens who have survived euthanasia have walked out alive from compost piles. Neighbors in Sonoma County dubbed them “zombie chickens.”

  • Organics on ABC World News

    A nice bit of TV

    ABC World News is running a three-part series on organic food that concludes tonight. It’s worth viewing, if only to see the messages the “mainstream” is getting.

  • Whole Foods: feelin' the heat

    Food retailer boosts salaries of top executives

    Success breeds imitation breeds competition, and Whole Foods is feeling the heat: its stock dropped more than 20 percent on news of slowing sales. Said CEO John Mackey on his blog: There has been an explosion in interest from our …

  • A delicate subject ... ah ... balls

    Should we eat them?

    Michael Ruhlman, a food writer who has penned books with the likes of Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), has an interesting thread on his blog about cooking balls (yes, the ones between legs). I haven’t put a lot of thought …

  • Go slow and mangiati il fegato

    Slow Food event in Italy

    Slow Food recently wrapped up its biennial event, Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy. The conference gathers food producers from around the world to share information, stories, and food. Slow Food had a running blog of the event, with pictures and …

  • Déjà vu, nutritionally speaking

    More research on what kind of diet makes people healthy

    Sir Robert McCarrison is not a household name, but in the 1920s this honorary physician to the King, head of post-graduate medical education at Oxford and proponent of nutrition, played an influential role in the birth of the organic food …