The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food – Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Michael Moss goes inside the boardrooms of Big Food. It’s a fascinating look at how America got hooked — and heavy — on substances resembling real food.
Happy Birthday, GMO’s!! – This month marks the 40th anniversary of transgenic organisms. UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela takes a look at their legacy in this Op-Ed in the Mexican paper, La Jornada. Original is in Spanish, but here is a Google Translated version.
New Report on Farmers Markets and Low-Income Communities – In 2009, The Project for Public places, in partnership with Columbia University, launched a study to look at what kinds of food markets attract low-income shoppers, what are the obstacles that prevent low income families from shopping at farmers markets, and how youth-oriented market programming affects healthy eating habits among kids and teens. The results of their study, alongside specific recommendations, were published this week.
Recovering Wasted Food in the UK (video) – Supermarkets around the world insist on having the very best products on their shelves – so much so that they’re willing to throw away perfectly edible food, because it doesn’t fit their size and cosmetic standards. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from Kent in the UK on how campaigners are trying to save that waste.
Front to Backyard Urban Farms & Gardens - A crack team of landscapers wants to help city folk plant their own gardens and start urban farms. As they explain on their website, Front to Backyard “will install raised beds, container gardens, herb gardens, and vegetable and kitchen gardens in your front or backyard, or anywhere you have available land.” After a free site visit and consultation, prices range from roughly $1,000 for a full kitchen garden to $125 for a worm composting setup. Beekeeping and Chicken raising….coming soon!
The Gaza Kitchen – A new cookbook captures lost history of the Palestinian peoples through food.
Pictures Don’t Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands - This week, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows actual pictures — derived from satellite data — of a transforming Midwest landscape. The images show that farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska converted 1.3 million acres of grassland into soybean and corn production between 2006 and 2011.
Landowners or Laborers? - Watch the video from “State of Rights and Resources 2012-2013: a panel on the rural development choices facing leaders of developing countries.” Posted February 5, 2013.
Saving Seeds, Saving Farmers - The team from Perennial Plate has just returned from 6 weeks of filming in India. In these videos, they sit down with Vandana Shiva to talk about farmer suicides, GMOs, and why preserving agrobiodiversity is so pivotal.