Lettuce From the Garden, With Worms

“Growing up on a farm near Yamhill, Ore., I quickly learned to appreciate the difference between fresh, home-grown foods and the commercial versions in the supermarket. Store-bought lettuce was always lush, green and pristine, and thus vastly preferable to lettuce from my Mom’s vegetable garden (organic before we called it that). Her lettuce kept me {read more}

500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late

At a time when big restaurant chains seem more ubiquitous than ever, “Roadfood” authors Jane and Michael Stern continue to focus on the quirky all-American food haunts. In their latest guide, “500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late,” their advice ranges from the best hot fried chicken (Keaton’s Barbecue in Cleveland, NC) to whoopee {read more}

Chipotle Seeks New Model for Quality Fast Food

“On Joel Salatin’s farm in north-central Virginia, it’s a pig’s life. Free of the concrete sties and steel pens used in most large hog operations, Salatin’s swine spend their days roaming lazily through a leafy green forest, foraging for food, maybe stopping every once in a while for a good scratch on a tree trunk. {read more}

Don’t Let Big Agribusiness Ruin Food Safety Reform

From the Food Team at Food & Water Watch: Here’s the good news: After countless recalls, including the disastrous peanut butter-related Salmonella outbreak this winter, Congress is finally considering Congressman Henry Waxman’s food safety bill—the bill goes to the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week. The bad news? You guessed it, big ag is {read more}

Food Inc: Coming To A Theater Near You

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2sgaO44_1c] I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of Food Inc. last month, and it was amazing … just the sort of “eye-opener” about where our food really comes from that everyone needs to see. You must check out this movie; click here to find show dates in a city near you (heads-up {read more}

So … What Exactly Is Meat Glue?

“Meat glue: It sounds utterly repellent; like some pre-industrial, rustic adhesive made out of horse hooves that smells of old fish and burnt hair, but it’s actually a fine, tasteless powder that looks like icing sugar and is one of the more clever things to come out of molecular gastronomy. Produced as Activa by Japan’s {read more}

Dignity is a Non-Negotiable Part of a Sustainable Food System

In a strongly worded letter, more than two dozen of the country’s leading sustainable food activists are demanding that Chipotle, the fastest growing company in fast-food, live up to its claims of “food with integrity” and “work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as a true partner in the protection of farmworkers’ rights.” Frances Moore {read more}

The Issue of Insurance

“Larry Harbour is celebrated in Nebraska as a model entrepreneur. But the 33-year-old owner of LB Custom Chrome and Detail in rural Broken Bow, Neb., is an illness or injury away from losing his business. “If anything were to happen to my wife and I, the business is sunk,” Harbour said, standing in the shop {read more}

An Oldie, But A Goodie …

I have no idea why I’ve been posting so many random videos lately; apparently, the long hours at the job use up all my brain power hence I cannot post anything coherent! Anyway, here’s an oldie, but a goodie from SNL:

Florida Tomato Growers, Whole Foods Market Sign Agreement Supporting Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ ’Penny-per-Pound‘ Program

Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, recently announced that Lady Moon Farms and Alderman Farms are the first Florida tomato growers to sign agreements with Whole Foods Market in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW)”penny-per-pound” program, designed to improve wages for tomato harvesters. “Lady Moon and Alderman Farms are {read more}

Mr. Pink Takes Manhattan

“I don’t tip because society says I have to. Alright I mean, I’ll tip if someone really deserves it, if they really put forth the effort, I’ll give em something extra, but tipping automically, that’s for the birds.” — Mr. Pink One of my all-time favorite movies is Reservoir Dogs. Here’s a video that synchronizes {read more}

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Defining Local

“Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry in Yountville, honored as the Chef of the Year during the Sustainable Foods Institute, says, “For me, as I went through my career, as I came to understand where our product came from and where the best products came from, the term ‘local’ changed for me. It wasn’t {read more}

Happy World Environment Day!

Check out the videos below from Live Earth and then do your part to protect the planet by using less and acting more: