2009 was the year that issues like local food, sustainable food systems, and agriculture reform went mainstream, and we expect this national conversation to intensify in 2010. Unfortunately, much of the time it looks less like dialogue and more like, as LA Times food editor Russ Parsons writes, "two armed camps deeply suspicious of one another shouting past each other." How can "hard-line aggies" and "know-nothing urbanites" create meaningful discussion and change?
The food world is rife with culinary catch phrases and overused foodie buzzwords these days, isn't it? Which one...or more!...terms do you think should get put to rest this year? Maybe it's even the term "foodie" itself that gets your feathers ruffled!
We have all felt the pangs of a grumbling stomach, but how many of us know what it's like to be truly hungry, to not be able to afford enough food or nutritious food? More than you may think. According to the USDA's annual Household Food Security report, a staggering number of Americans – over 49 million – are food insecure. The new Feed A Neighbor program suggests several ways to help…
We were totally fascinated by an article in The New York Times last week, all about the new wave of locavorism spurring people towards hunting. And not mushroom hunting, or hunting for ramps — hunting for wild game. Have you ever hunted?
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we have been contemplating gratitude not just for the good food in our lives, but also for the farmworkers whose unseen hard labor brings this nourishment to our tables. We just watched a new online documentary on this subject, called Fair Food: Field to Table, and highly recommend it.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer watchdog group, recently released a controversial report on "The Ten Riskiest Foods Regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration." On the list were many healthy foods like leafy greens, tomatoes, and berries...
Happy Fair Trade Month! Whether you're an avid supporter of Fair Trade or are curious to know what it all means, there's a new Web site offering daily doses of food talk, impact stories, events, and giveaways.
In the fast paced world of food, organic companies and products seem to be taking the largest leaps forward. That means they also have the greatest appeal for larger parent companies looking to snatch them up and have under their corporate "wing." We were fascinated by these charts that reveal who is really backing the smaller names we think so highly of.
Do you know your farmer? Do you know where your food comes from, each and every day? Inviting Americans to join a national conversation about local and regional food systems, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new USDA initiative this week.