Food Feeding the City

Smart cities are (un)paving the way for urban farmers and locavores

Across the U.S., cities are buckling up their green belts and introducing legislation to foster local-food production of everything from cucumbers to yellow limes, reports Kerry Trueman for Grist's Feeding the City series. Because nobody wants to get caught with …

Ask Umbra on healthy soil for urban and suburban farmers and gardeners

A reader wants to know if urban dirt is safe for growing food. Is there lead in that urban farm salad? Umbra investigates and gives some savvy tips.

D.C.’s first-ever state fair a hit — and so are my zucchini

Can a state that's not a state have a state fair? For too long, the nation's capital has been denied deep-fried Twinkies, Ferris wheels, and pie-eating contests.

Grist deputy food editor lands insightful op-ed on salmonella scare

Why does Europe have fewer food scares than we do? Grist deputy food editor Bonnie Powell lays it out in a Reuters op-ed.

War-era food posters: Wacky, well-meaning, and still relevant [SLIDESHOW]

Skinless frankfurters, laying-hen lessons, fat recycling -- the Obama administration could take a few tips from propagandizing presidencies past.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 12: Salting vegetables and nonstick cookware

August marks a rich point in summer with food bursting on the vine. This week, the Urbivore salts and cooks an eggplant; as things get sizzling, she takes a closer look at nonstick cookware.

Iowa ag secretary boasted of state's vast egg industry, failed to regulate it

Why was Wright County Egg owner Jack DeCoster allowed to run a massive feed mill completely unregulated by the state of Iowa?

Canada declares BPA toxic. Why haven't we?

Canada has officially declared bisphenol A toxic, in brazen defiance of the chemical industry. Here's hoping that will give the U.S. Senate the spine to follow suit.

Food Feeding the City

Three mobile vendors that are 'Feeding the City' one quick, guilt-free snack at a time

The Bay Area's Primo's Parilla and Let's Be Frank, along with People's Pops of New York, are making tasty, mid-priced food from quality ingredients.