Bad Produce and Food Saviours

The food saviours. I love their intentions, but often hate their execution. You know them — you’ve seen them writing passionate manifestos on the internet, holding community meetings, writing books. They’re the people who recognise that there’s a serious access problem when it comes to getting food in low-income communities, and want to address the […]

On Raising Meat Animals

Through much of my childhood, I was surrounded by farm animals. Goats, sheep, chickens. I played with kids, lambs, and chicks, but I also ate barbecued goat, and lamb chops, and roast chicken. And I knew that these things were connected: We weren’t buying meat in the store and pretending that it had nothing to […]

Big Organic, Bad Organic

Stacy Mitchell at Grist recently described the ultimate ‘Trojan carrot,’ discussing WalMart’s plans to move into organic packaged foods since it’s done so well with organic produce. She looked at the issue in the context of WalMart’s attempt to dominate a growing percentage of the food supply, pointing to the fact that the company’s share […]

Accessibility and CSAs

Ah, the CSA box. The great equaliser, that which brings fresh, affordable, wholesome vegetables directly to your doorstep — okay, well, maybe to a pick up point — allowing you access to the best that nutrition has to offer. And, of course, ensuring that you have no excuse for not eating a ‘healthy’ diet, because, […]

March of the Vines: Vineyards are Exploding, But is That Good for Wine Country?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on California wines; some people think they’re insipid and awful, a judgment usually based on the reputation of the early years of the wine industry, and other people think they’re fantastic. In actuality, of course, some vineyards make outstanding, award-winning vintages that rival wines from anywhere else in the […]