Food

Farm bill of health

What can the health-care act teach the food movement?

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton celebrate healthcare reform. Will food reformers ever get to celebrate a wide-ranging policy victory? Photo: White HouseWhat follows is the first of a two-post series. “This is what …

to hell in a fruit basket

Glenn Beck’s survival guide: Food and energy independence

Thinking I’d catch some of the conservative side-show after health care passed, I moseyed over to Glenn Beck’s website to find out when the healthpocalypse will destroy “our” America. But I found something even more …

The Greenhorns

Meet a young farmer leading a greenhorn ‘guerilla’ movement

Severine von Tscharner Fleming, farmer and director of the film The Greenhorns. Severine von Tscharner Fleming is the director of the forthcoming film The Greenhorns and founder of the crucial new young farmer organization of …

Sweetness and blight

Researchers: HFCS is much worse than table sugar

The long-running, contentious debate over the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be approaching a conclusive end — one not likely to please those sensitive souls over at the Corn Refiners Association. While …

chewing the scenery

Some tasty viewing for the first Monday of spring

In “Chewing the Scenery,” we round up interesting food-related video from around the Web. ——- Here’s a smorgasbord of videos to get your week started right. • After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived, …

The organic Twinkie dilemma

For the food industry, has organic surpassed its sell-by date?

Organic and the mega-market: an uncomfortable fit? Photo: Tim Psych on FlickrIs organic ag doomed to permanent niche status? Yes, according to this report from the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago. Based on …

keep your fin up

Why we shouldn’t bury bluefin tuna just yet

The mighty bluefin: Are rumors of its death at least slightly exaggerated? “Nations free to fish bluefin tuna to extinction,” thundered Tom Laskawy’s headline on Grist. On the Politics of the Plate blog, Barry Estabrook’s …

looking good for your age

A Happy Meal still looks ‘fresh’ on its first birthday

A newborn Happy Meal.Joann BrusoHappy birthday to you, you look just like new. A year later you can’t tell, and the fries still don’t smell. Happy birthday, dear Happy Meal, happy birthday to you! This …

Gimme your lunch money

Blanche Lincoln’s dismal school-lunch bill

Blanche Lincoln, chair of the Senate Ag Committee. Tight purse strings for kids and conservation; loose ones for large-scale farmers. Remember when Obama rolled out his proposal for increasing the school-lunch budget, and lots of …