Playing squash: my tweak of an iconic fall soup

A massive fall harvest at Maverick Farms a few years back forced me to combine butternut squash, leafy greens, and garlic into one satisfying bowl.

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Are you trading in Mickey D's for DIY burgers?

Ask Umbra has some food for thought about the United States of Americana, by Kurt B. Reighley. How have your food habits changed in recent years?

Eating GMOs as a form of protest [VIDEO]

Upset about genetically modified foods entering the food chain with little or no public debate? The Center for Genomic Gastronomy says don't just get mad -- get creative.

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?

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.

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 …

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?

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 …

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 …