Local Happens

Illinois points the way to food system reform

Not your father’s Corn Belt. This development in Illinois managed to pass somewhat under the radar, probably because it took place during the dog days …

GMO job--or new food paradigm?

Another Monsanto man in a key USDA post? Obama’s ag policy’s giving me whiplash

Like a tractor driven by a drunk, the Obama administration keeps zigzagging on food/ag policy–sometimes veering in the direction of progressive change, other times whipping …

Champagne and real pain

Big Ag places a foot soldier at the U.S. Trade Office–but loses a GMO court battle

Agribiz: flying high … or coming down? If you run a globe-spanning, U.S.-centered agribusiness firm, you’re probably not sure whether to cry in your Krug …

Open Letter to Editors of 'The Nation'

‘Nation’ misses golden opportunity to highlight workers’ voices

The food movement is slowly waking up to the fact that it has long treated the workers who plant and pick our food as if …

Mercury rising

To change your tuna, consider the sardine

In Checkout Line, Lou Bendrick cooks up answers to reader questions about how to green their food choices and other diet-related quandaries. Lettuce know what …

The real dill

Home pickles made easy–and delicious

Yes, you can (preserve your own peppers). All photos by April McGreger Judging from the first canning-equipment display I’ve ever seen at my local health-food …

Meat wagon

JBS: industrial meat’s new heavyweight champ

In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages from the meat and livestock industries. —— • Remember two weeks ago, when I warned that …

Plastics, the Silent Obesogens

Can plastics make us fat?

Hmm… That title doesn’t quite seem to capture the urgency of the issue, does it? Yet despite rampant skepticism, the data continue to pour in …

Choice nuggets

Soylent Green is … toxic algae?, and other not-so-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.  • …

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