The best food source in human history

What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history”? [Read more...]

The difference one person can make

Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces.  Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings .  Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more...]

The good wine

I was struck by something in the Epiphany scripture reading a few Sundays ago, about Christ’s first miracle, turning the water into wine.

When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroomand said to him, Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:9-10).

So there is “poor wine” and “good wine,” a difference in quality.  (Also we see that those to imbibe “freely” become less able to tell the difference.)  [Read more...]

Food porn

Pornography involves watching somebody else have sex.  In South Korea, there is a new fad of watching somebody else eat.  It’s being called “gastronomical voyeurism.”

The news story, excerpted after the jump, speculates on some reasons:  More and more Koreans are living by themselves and miss the social interaction of eating with someone.  Many Koreans are on diets, restricting what they eat to the point of being able to take vicarious pleasure in watching someone eat sumptuous food for hours.  But I wonder if it is something even more primal. [Read more...]

Perfect-looking produce vs. blemished produce

A major reason we waste 40% of our food supply:  We insist on visually perfect fruits and vegetables, even though they often don’t have as much flavor or nutritional value as blemished produce.  “Once one realizes that root vegetables and most other plants synthesize more antioxidants and more flavorful sugars and tannins in response to stress,” writes physician Daphne Miller, “even the insect nibbles and sun spots have an appeal.” [Read more...]

Food expiration dates

Do you or does someone in your household periodically purge your refrigerator and cupboards of food that is past its expiration date?  It turns out, those dates on food have nothing to do with whether or not it’s still safe to eat.  Confusion over “sell-by,” “use-by,” and “best if used by” dates–and the complete absence of a “safe-if-used-by” date–contributes to our wasting 40% of American food production. [Read more...]


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