Food

Order up: Readers’ fave sandwich shops [PHOTOS]

(Jess Steinitz photo)We asked readers to nominate their favorite sustainable, locally owned sandwich shops — the ones sourcing their ingredients directly from nearby farms and turning them into “consistently and mind-blowingly good sandwiches,” as Grist’s Tom Philpott put it. Dozens …

Passive-aggressive cakes spill onto Gulf coast

skooksie via Flickr Creative Commons Some crude feelings about BP’s half-baked efforts are starting to wash up in the cake window of New Orleans grocery store Breaux Mart, likely to be followed by a boom in sales. I wonder how …

Feeling sheepish: An exercise in small-town networking

Sheep ready to be unloaded into their new pen from the borrowed livestock rack.(Steph Larsen photos)My first experience working directly with cows on a daily basis was not a particularly good one. It was 7 years ago on an organic …

Boost your support for urban agriculture with a rice-growing bra

AFPEager to show your full support for urban farming, ladies? Then try this over-the-shoulder rice-paddy holder: a bra that double-A’s a pot to grow rice, complete with irrigation system (the watering hose is a belt that holds seedlings). The concept …

Cafeteria confidential: Behind the scenes in school kitchens

Forget broccoli — Berkeley students aren’t keen on beans either

Part 5 of Cafeteria Confidential: Berkeley, in which Ed Bruske reports on his recent week-long, firsthand look at how Berkeley, Calif., schools part ways from the typical school diet of frozen, industrially processed convenience foods. Cross-posted from The Slow Cook. …

The birthplace of pizza may be cooking its pies with coffins

pie4dan via Flickr Creative Commons When the truth hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a-mor-e. When the pizza was cooked on an old coffin’s roof, that’s … a-pall-ing. Even if you’ve gone to heaven, you still might …

Small slaughterhouses on the chopping block, ag research constrained, pushing GMOs

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.  New rules, old mindset Everyone should read this article, posted on Chewswise by Joe Cloud, who co-owns …

Hardcore hip-hop for vegans

Dis’ hip-hop duo thinks it’s ridonkulous not to ditch dairy and meat ‘cuz they be eatin’ “only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole wheat.” Whole foods, fo’ realz. Apparently, the all-natural life prescribed in this song precludes drinking tap water …

Scientists link ADHD in kids to routine pesticide exposure [UPDATED]

  Writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan detailed how, following World War II, nerve-gas factories were converted en masse into synthetic pesticide factories. These weapons reborn as pesticides are organophosphates, as are both Sarin and VX gases. For farmers, …