Food

Bubble Trouble

The soda wars heat up — and the possibilities are thrilling

To read the news, it would look like soda taxes are just around the corner. First, President Obama mildly suggested in an interview in Men’s …

A foot in both camps

Quick thoughts on the USDA’s ‘Know Your Farmer’ program

What should we make of the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, which the agency rolled out this week? USDA via FlickrAfter hearing …

Spare change for local food

USDA’s $65 million drop in the bucket

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is so fired up about local food economies that it’s coughing up $65 million for a new program called “Know …

The Agrichemical Revolutionary

Thoughts on the legacy of Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug (Photo courtesy FAO)In the early 1940s, Mexico was a fraught region for U.S. geopolitical strategists. Not so long before — 1939 — a …

Meat wagon

If JBS-Pilgrim’s deal goes through, four mega-firms will dominate the meat landscape

In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages from the meat and livestock industries. —— Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that …

Paging Dr. Pepper

Pollan says health-care reform will fail unless we change the way we eat

Michael PollanNPR’s Guy Raz: What if health care is overhauled and it doesn’t change the American diet in any way? Michael Pollan: We’ll go broke. …

food reform DOA?

When lobbyists cheer, the news can’t be good

As suspected, agribusiness is indeed turning cartwheels over the news that Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is now chairman of the Senate Ag Committee. The public …

Just Beak Ahhs

Ask Umbra on sex … chicken sex, that is

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, Vegans don’t eat eggs because it’s an animal product like honey and milk and also because of …

Grow your farmer ...

USDA to unveil “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative

Vast potential: a farm grows in Brooklyn. Photo: Added ValueAs I prepare for five days of announcements next week, when USDA plans to unveil its …