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…]
New York City is being plagued by a shocking crime that is being committed at ever-shifting secret locations, its perpetrators involved in a shadowy underground operation accessible only through a sinister online network. I am referring to illegal dinner parties.
Now the Washington Post just published a feature about meal-sharing sites that made them sound like great ideas, a way for tourists to hang out with locals and for amateur foodies to ply their craft. True, people who do this aren’t licensed and inspected as a restaurant is, but they are small, informal operations. What is funny about the story after the jump and especially the video at the link (I couldn’t embed it, but you’ve got to see it) is the tone of the journalists, who go “undercover” to expose this heinous crime. They write and speak with an indignation that is unintentionally hilarious, especially at the revelations that these operations are “unregulated!” You can hear the exclamation mark. And the biggest outrage is that some of these perpetrators (who aren’t even real chefs!) are trying “to turn a profit”! [Read more…]
Remember Stewart Lundy, my former student who helped me with the technical side of my blog? He has now embraced farming. But what a farm! He is doing cutting-edge local, sustainable, organic farming. He is raising heirloom vegetables, chickens, ducks, rabbits, bees, and “rare pigs.” People are driving an hour and a half just to buy his eggs. He is attending to the microbes in the soil, restoring minerals to the soil, and applying all kinds of other sophisticated techniques to make all of this work.
You have got to scroll through his site and see the pictures of what all he is doing: Perennial Roots – Accomac, VA – Farm, Food & Grocery | Facebook.
Contact him from the site if you want to order a pig (either as food or as a pet) or get in on any of this other stuff. [Read more…]
Researchers in London served the first hamburger patty that came not from an animal but from genetic engineering. Those who sampled it which consisted of protein generated from cattle stem cells, said that it tasted “almost like meat.” Yum, yum.
But many people are heralding the development as the beginning of a new era in food. No more need we kill animals. No more will livestock operations pollute the land. We will be able to generate cheap food for all. Read about it after the jump, whereupon we will consider the implications. [Read more…]
Back in 2007, about three different servers ago when this blog was with World, I wrote a post entitled The Rapture of the Bees. Honeybees were disappearing, which is a major concern, since they are so important in the pollination of crops. Since then, I’ve read several pieces that purportedly solved the mystery of why that’s happening, but I guess there is still controversy over the causes, and the problem remains. Thanks to Pete Muller, who sent me an account of a “Bee Summit” sponsored by pesticide-maker Monsanto.
Some are blaming pesticides for the die-off of bees, while others are blaming a kind of mite that preys on bees and that presumably could be controlled by. . . pesticides. Anyone want to guess what the diagnosis will be from the Monsanto summit? Or from environmentalists? Notice how science, though supposedly objective, is not free from conclusion-shaping presuppositions. [Read more…]