Choice nuggets

From Big Ag’s climate problem to Whole Foods’ latest snafu, tasty morsels from around the Web

 When my info-larder gets too packed, it’s time to serve up some choice nuggets from around the Web. —————- Get ‘em while they’re hot.  • I’ve been writing a lot recently about how industrial agriculture …

California screamin'

California’s ag crisis and our concentrated food system

Not  many “green shoots” in the Central Valley. California’s severe drought–which could well be related to climate change–isn’t just menacing Los Angeles. The drought has helped tip the state’s Central Valley, epicenter of U.S. fruit …

No justice, no sustainability

‘Time’ was right about cheap food–but forgot farmworkers

The widely read recent Time cover story “Getting Real about the High Price of Cheap Food” is a useful complement to current discussions about our food system. It offers further evidence of the mainstreaming of …

How I got drafted into James McWilliams’ anti-locavore diatribe

It’s happened a lot lately. Someone will send me the latest political diatribe that quotes my work. “What do you think of this guy?” they will ask. There’s also a recent growth industry in academic …

Shell game

UPDATED: The cruelty of industrial egg-riculture — plus a tasty recipe for your local pastured eggs

Consider the egg. Photo: Kurt Michael Friese UPDATE:  The owner of the hatchery in the video mentioned below has spoken out, says there were violations of procedure but makes no apologies.  He calls “instantaneous Euthanasia” …

Ad Nauseum

NYC warns residents: “Don’t Drink Yourself Fat”

While the evidence continues to mount that taxes alone aren’t enough to significantly reduce junk food consumption, the political prospects for passing a federal soda tax appears to be dim. Well, New York City has …

Think Fast

Your greenest Ramadan

Islam is green by nature, and Ramadan offers a chance to make a big impact.Shawna AyoubAfter my grandfather had a stroke, the doctor said he might not walk again. He also said that getting him …

'Feeding the world'--or consuming it?

The way we eat is trashing the fragile conditions that make human life possible

In the ongoing debate about whether sustainable agriculture can “feed the world,” it’s important not to lose sight of what industrial agriculture is doing to ecosystems–both in specific areas and on a grand scale. Producing …

Imagining a new USDA

Top USDA official gets serious about local/regional food systems

Hope and fresh produce: Kathleen MerriganWith the climate bill gutted by Big Ag and stalled in the Senate, with health-care reform on the verge of collapse, prospects for real change in national politics are looking …

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