big salmonella scare, due to tomatoes, and then it was over and safe, but then it started up again with chili peppers. • Soy was linked to male infertility. • Apparently plants and crops need sunscreen too. • In 2008 we lost Robert Mondavi and Paul Newman. RIP. • Remember Cindy McCain and Recipegate? • The biggest news, of course: an election that will hopefully lead to a renewed food policy in the United States. • More stores are charging for plastic bags. • One of the biggest beef recalls in history occurred in 2008. • Big business ripped off little business. Story of the year in microcosm? • Rising food costs and the economic downturn have been tough on food banks and other food-related charities. • It still looks pretty bad on the tuna front. • Urban agriculture and city chickens are growing in popularity. • And finally, a blatant bit of horn-tooting self-promotion: In 2008 we were on Time.com's list of 50 best websites, and PC Mag gave us a shoutout as one of the 10 blogs you should be reading daily . We also found out that Google engineers like to read The Kitchn. A big thank you for all of those mentions, and to everyone else who reads The Kitchn daily and contributes to this community!