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An artisanal plea from a fed-up foodie

The food movement has a terminology problem -- starting with "food movement." Can we cook up something better?

Food

In defense of candy

Americans don't eat too much candy. Our problem is that we consume too much candy masquerading as real food and beverages.

Food

Better Eating Through Engineering

I’ve been interested in efforts to improve school lunches ever since my days as a reporter at the Seattle P-I, and here’s one of the coolest ideas I’ve run across: the “smart cafeteria.” Despite our best efforts to get kids …

Food

Global weirding and the scrambling of terroir

Hail storms, tornadoes, and other weather anomalies are battering growers around the country. How can farmers, their seeds, and breeds learn to adapt to uncertainty itself?

Food

Senate ag committee chair is opening up. Who's in line?

Blanche Lincoln, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, is headed for defeat. You won't catch me shedding tears over her exit, but who will replace her in this key role? A Big Ag politician, or one who might support Farm …

Climate & Energy

Obama's riding the (cellulosic) ethanol pony — here's why he should buck the trend

Like countless politicians before him, Obama is striving to shore up his political support in the Midwest by dangling goodies for the ethanol industry. This time, though, it's cellulosic ethanol -- which, I argue, isn't nearly as ecologically benign as …

Food

What a 'sweet surprise'! HFCS contains more fructose than believed

A new study shows that assumptions about fructose/glucose ratios in high-fructose corn syrup have been way off. And since fructose is demonstrably worse for us than glucose, this could explain a lot.

Food

With school-lunch reform on the rocks, it may be time to invest in 'smart cafeterias'

With Congress unable to pass meaningful school lunch reform, researchers are suggesting that simple changes to the lunchroom -- as easy as placing apples in a basket -- could have big effects.

Food

Hitting the Big Apple's food-justice buffet

New York City is jam-packed with urban farms, community gardens, and food-justice projects. Not all of them are what they seem, I've discovered, but one has stolen my heart.