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Philpott on the ground in corn country

In my very first article for Grist a year and a half ago, I declared with confidence that "If you're going to talk about poverty, food, and the environment in the United States, you might as well start in the Corn Belt." Trouble is, I had never actually been in corn country, at least not in sentient memory. All of that changed Tuesday, when I landed in Des Moines on assignment for Grist. Here are some of my first impressions. * Iowa, at least the part I've seen so far, is not as rigorously and brutally flat as I'd always …

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The worst good news/bad news tale ever told

The bad news is that we're doing it by eating the fish that are eating the concentrated mercury in the food chain, further concentrating it in ... us. Mad as hatters we are! This could also have been titled, "Another reason that coal is the enemy of the human race (or at least those members of it that like to eat)."

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Pimp My Shrimp

Wal-Mart environmental practices changing shrimp farming in Thailand Latest practice impacted by omnipresent Wal-Mart: Thai shrimp farming. Crustacean aquaculture, long demonized for destroying mangrove trees and polluting waterways, is the focus of new standards penned by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and backed by Wal-Mart, Red Lobster, and other big seafood purveyors. To make the grade for Wal-Mart -- the U.S.'s biggest single shrimp buyer -- farmers must improve water testing, treat discharge, discontinue antibiotic use, and plant three times as many mangroves as they chop down. As with all Wal-moves, there's controversy: around 80 percent of shrimp farms in Thailand …

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Donuts!

If you'd rather skip the interminable food debate that's been conducted a dozen times on this site and a gazillion times on the internet and a googol times in the world at large, I recommend proceeding directly to Mihan's recipe for sweet potato bourbon buttermilk donuts. Now that's some food news you can use!

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Gross

So I'm reading a magazine this weekend, and what should I stumble across but this two-page ad (pardon the hacked together scan -- click for a larger version): I mean, I like meat and all, but the enthusiasm on display here, particularly by that black woman on the left, who looks like she just got a pony for Christmas ... well, it's just unseemly. "Go meat!" Doesn't that make you throw up in your mouth a little?

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Umbra on refrigerator downsizing

Dear Umbra, Two of our favorite Brit-coms are Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By. It is hard for an American not to remark that in both households, which seem quite affluent, the refrigerator is short, and fits beneath the kitchen counter: nothing so grand as what passes for normal in American kitchens. Do most Brits and Europeans in fact have in their kitchens only counter-height refrigerators? And if so, are they therefore quite satisfied with that arrangement? And if so, are they therefore using much less electricity than we are? And if so, is there any chance that …

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Now’s the time to speak up

Can an Armani-clad gal from the big city be the champion of the good farmer? After giving two thumbs up to the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill last Thursday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi's rise to rural populist hero-status seems as likely as old Bessie having twins. Said Pelosi: ... the bill represents a critical first step toward reform by eliminating payments to millionaires, closing loopholes that permit evasion of payment limits, and promoting our nation's family farmers. But Pelosi still has a chance to emerge as the defender of real farm bill reform. And why shouldn't she? After all, the farm …

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On the difficulties of going veggie

I love bacon. Sure, meat is murder and all that, not to mention it's contributing more emissions than most of us slightly green carnivores would like to admit, but it is tasty. And filling. I learned that last bit in June when my family gave up meat at the slight urging of vegetarian Gristmillers responding to my query about the best ways to green my family life. It took me about three tummy-rumbling weeks before I learned veggie burgers satisfied my craving for hearty food. In a month's time I came away with conflicting thoughts about meat. For instance, kids …

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Too, Too Sullied Flesh

Meat production spews more greenhouse gases than a three-hour joyride The next time you chomp a hamburger, think of this: the process of getting that beef to your bun may have spewed more greenhouse-gas emissions than leaving all your house lights blazing while taking a three-hour joyride in your car. Researchers looked at beef production in Japan and its impact on climate, water, and energy, and came up with sobering statistics. Wanna hear more? Not including transportation of meat from farm to store, production of 2.2 pounds of beef (OK, yes, that's a big burger) also spews the same amount …

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