Food

Challenging recipe

Michelle Obama vows to ‘move the ball’ on kids’ diets

White House flickr streamHer husband got dealt a difficult set of cards in taking over the post-Bush II presidency–and has arguably played them quite badly. …

putting the lab in labyrinthine

FDA on BPA: Our hands are tied

The FDA finally released its report on Bisphenol A. The good news is that the FDA now admits that BPA — the endocrine-disrupting, heart disease–causing …

Climate change and food culture

Drought drives Middle Eastern pepper farmers out of business, threatens prized heirloom chiles

Editor’s note: This marks the launch of Climate Change and Food Culture, a series of posts by Gary Nabhan about how climate change threatens to …

Aw, contraire

Anti–school garden campaigner Caitlin Flanagan, on Colbert back in ’06

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Caitlin Flanagan www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy Okay, this post means nothing in …

BELIZE IT OR NOT

Everyone wants a piece of Belize

One day in December, the residents of the seaside village of Punta Gorda in Belize looked out to the horizon and saw something unexpected: Jamaican …

Choice nuggets

From dominant Monsanto to ‘innovative Med-American,’ 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.  • …

Milking the Farmers

Can a new USDA advisory committee make the dairy industry less pathetic?

Much as I’ve long been taken with the romanticism of dairy farming and the visions of grazing cows and nurturing fresh milk it conjures up, …

California schools are failing and it's because of... school gardens?

Failure to cultivate: Why school gardens ARE important

In the latest edition of The Atlantic magazine, Caitlin Flanagan has written a surprisingly harsh critique of the popular and growing movement to include gardens …

Schoolyard bully

Thoughts on The Atlantic’s attack on school gardens

Hands-on education at Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard. Photo: Edible SchoolyardFor several years starting in the early ’90s, I worked as a remedial math and writing teacher …