Picking Fruit

Published on March 3rd, 2008 | by

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Sometimes you just can’t find an organic peach. Of course, most grocery stores and markets continue to expand their local and organic produce sections, but we have all faced a produce aisle, dinner party recipes in hand, without a nontoxic eggplant in sight. Should we just go conventional or try to find an organic replacement? […]

Is Local the Goal?

Published on March 3rd, 2008 | by

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I’ll say it: I like local food. I tend to choose it whenever I can find it, and whenever I can afford it. I’ll say something else, as well: I don’t just eat local foods. I’m extremely fortunate, as my corner of the world (Southern Vermont) offers an agricultural bounty unknown to many parts of […]

Se-se-se-Salba!

Published on March 2nd, 2008 | by

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You remember those ads. Clay lamb and dog statues sprouting thickets of green blades, punctuated by an 800-number and a 2-for-1 offer. Last year, I was visiting Mexico with my father and some of his colleagues. One day, we went out for lunch at this gorgeous restaurant called Los Danzantes in Coyoacan – Frida Kahlo’s […]

Urban Agriculturalist: ecoCity Farming

Published on March 1st, 2008 | by

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Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Struck by the high carbon cost of sending food to dense urban areas and communities in extreme climates, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson devised a highly efficient, waste-free aquaponic growing system in which vegetable crops and […]

Pollen: The Bee’s Knees?

Published on February 29th, 2008 | by

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For months, I passed by the beekeeper’s table at my local farmer’s market on Front Street in Toronto. Perhaps it was his proximity to the old guy who croaks Bob Dylan songs from his stackable chair or perhaps it was my fear that the lettuce guy was out of organic arugula that propelled me faster […]

Urban Agriculturalist: Fruit Tree Harvesting

Published on February 29th, 2008 | by

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Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Los Angeles has a dearth of publicly owned fruit trees, but who owns the fruit they produce? The three activists behind Fallen Fruit dare to ask, “Is this my banana?” By their estimate, 22 different crops […]

Don’t Fear the Brussel Sprout: An Easy Side Dish Recipe

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

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I’m not exactly sure why, but brussel sprouts somehow earned the reputation of the vegetable most feared by children everywhere. Threats of cleaning your plate before dessert have done a disservice to one of my favorite vegetables. Another problem, alluded to in a comment in Ali’s post yesterday is that many people don’t quite know […]

A Downer Question: Should Food Safety and Livestock Welfare Be Separate Issues?

Published on February 28th, 2008 | by

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If you’ve been paying attention to food news over the past month, you have surely heard of the downer cow debacle between the Humane Society and the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. In shocking, secret footage recorded by Humane Society activists at the Chino, California livestock farm, handlers are shown using electric prods, high-pressure hoses and forklifts […]

Notes from A New Cook: Simple is Best

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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I’m not a foodie. At least I’ve never been one before. I was always a soda-guzzler, a nugget-snarfer, a fan of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. But then I started reading about food. Fast Food Nation, Food Politics, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the Ethicurean… What I read frightened me. It scared my pants right off (figuratively, that […]

Local Gourmet: Roasted Onions with Caprese Stuffing

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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Onions, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are among my favorite things. Roasted onions are especially delicious and, according to Beth’s harvest calender, they’re in season in my area. This dish is perfect for dressing up a salad or starting a meal. A lot of recipes call for bacon and bread crumbs, but this a lighter […]

Now, That’s What I Call Seed Saving

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today with the beginning shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. The seeds represent everything from food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce, barley, and potato. The vault, located on a remote island […]

Magazine Review: Good’s Food Issue

Published on February 26th, 2008 | by

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Good Magazine, profiled before on Green Options, is one of my favorite magazines because it highlights good things happening in the world AND because they give 100% of subscriptions to the nonprofit of the subscribers choice that is affiliated with Good. It always has a variety of interesting articles, features a clean, modern design, and […]