Even before the California drought was threatening food security for basically every American, almond milk drinkers were being singled out. No longer could California’s Millennials sip their almond milk lattes in peace, they were now pariahs, wastefully sloshing around a few almonds in a whole lot of water for an over-priced latte they probably had to stand in line a half an hour to get. What a way to spend a Saturday. Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott lovingly scolded almond milk drinkers last year for partaking in “an abuse of a great foodstuff,” he wrote, noting that a protein-packed almond gets quite diluted in a jug of almond milk (which is mostly water)—a fool’s gold, of sorts.
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Last week, I met one of my food heroes and teachers — Joel Salatin — the lunatic farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia. Never heard of him? Let’s fix that.
What’s wrong with the state of farming and food in America? Vox posted a collection of maps, graphs, and charts that tell the story in an enjoyable way.
If you’ve ever thought about keeping sheep, but didn’t know where to start, Sue Weavers has written The Backyard Sheep for you. This introductory guide takes the reader through a survey of sheep breeds, their care, and how to deal with the most common problems that might come up.
Earlier this month, three Senators submitted a bill to require the FDA to report on data about the use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock.
Americans may have a bird’s eye view to a lot of things, but U.S. citizens are largely kept in the dark regarding food safety issues, even if those issues have global implications. If you’re a regular reader here, you’re probably already aware of the gross prevalence to which America’s meat is filled with unnecessary hormones […]
A report released last week by the International Livestock Research Institute shows that livestock are fueling disease epidemics worldwide.
From California to Iowa to Michigan, factory farming has blown up in the past 5-10 years. A new interactive map on this topic created by Food & Water Watch “illustrates the geographic shift in where and how food is raised in the U.S. and allows anyone to quickly search for the highest concentration of animals […]
The Food and Drug Administration recently expressed concerns related to the overuse of antibiotics in raising animals for food. FDA raised concerns about the rise in drug-resistant pathogens, and they’re pointing to industrial agriculture as a major culprit. The problem is that it’s an industry practice not to just use these antibiotics to treat sick […]
New United Nation Food and Agriculture report tells us again that eating meat has perhaps the largest negative environmental impact of any human action. And more than half of the world’s crops are fed to animals. I’ve written on the relationship between eating meat (or being vegetarian) and the environment extensively before. However, there is […]
The following is a brief review of the first part of Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe. Included are some key highlights as well. I was raised on organic foods and try to buy organic whenever possible. Yet, when I read the title of this […]
The small city of Lancaster, Texas has had a law on its books banning all chickens within the city limits, but for years it had gone unnoticed and unenforced, until recently. That changed when a local resident found out that the previously unknown law would now be enforced citing anyone who kept chickens within the […]
I’m sitting in my backyard, surrounded by chickens and children. A couple of dogs periodically pester both species of livestock. (Yes, I did just call my child flock “livestock.”) I’m waiting on the first egg of the day, a pink speckled one from my oldest Americana hen. This backyard chicken experiment is new to my […]