Food

Get your fingers in the dirt

Garden Girl TV: indoor gardening, part two

Getting my garden started on the right foot makes the rest of the season simply work smoothly, but it also gives me a jumpstart on the growing season with a spring harvest. The key for …

chewing the scenery

Chef Jamie Oliver takes on the American school lunchroom in his new show

In “Chewing the Scenery,” we round up interesting food-related video from around the Web. _________ Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution takes him to Huntington, West Virginia, “the fattest city in …

Peak Monsanto?

For first time, GM soybeans may be losing favor among farmers

A soybean field in summer. Farmers are getting fed up with Monsanto’s soy seed monopoly. UPDATE: This report refers not to the current year but to the 2009 crop year, which according to the USDA …

Mob rules

Are you a farmer at heart? Start a ‘Crop Mob’

Carbon sequestration: Crop Mob stalwarts Rob Jones, left, and Chris Rumbley create a hügelkultur bed at “the Bog” co-housing community in Carrboro, N.C., summer 2009. Photo: Tom PhilpottA growing number of young people are finishing …

the sensitive sovereign

King Corn airs complaints about USDA

Obama’s ag policy has come under justifiable criticism from the sustainable food movement–see here and here–for its aggressive pro-biotechnology and pro-trade policies. But it has also managed to enrage industrial-ag interests, too, with its “Know …

Hamburgling the future

Your car and your meat-eating: the biggest causes of climate change

A new study coming out of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that when it comes to the net contribution to climate change …

Notable quotable

From staple to superfood: açaí goes industrial

“The fruit was traditionally collected from wild palms. Now companies have açaí plantations, and collectors are raising more açaí palms on their land, according to Antônio Cordeiro de Santana, an agricultural economist at the Rural …

Notable quotable

Smithfield tries to weave a silk purse from a sow’s ear

“Just this week I promoted somebody–and I can’t even believe I’m saying this word here, folks–to a chief sustainability officer.”—Larry Pope, CEO of Smithfield Foods, speaking before the North Carolina Agribusiness Council. Smithfield’s environmental record …

don't be so kneady

The time has come to make delicious and easy bread at home

Fifteen minutes wrestling with dough–who kneads it? A little more than two years ago, Mark Bittman and Jim Lahey got together and transformed home bread making for all time. In the kitchen of Lahey’s Sullivan …