A hundred years ago, we ate what was local and easily grown in our county. Today we have Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, 7/11, and McDonald’s, who serve us food from around the world all year long. But it's a mixed blessing, this access and abundance, and it's easy to look around and not actually be [...]
Picking up Nicolette Hahn Niman's Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (buy on Amazon), one can’t help feel a vague sense of foreboding and dismay. Like all great love stories – The Red and the Black, War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice – Righteous Porkchop, at first glance, offers up [...]
Slate runs a piece on how farmers produce so many birds for Thanksgiving:
With a little help from their human friends. The vast majority of turkeys sold in the United States are of the white broad-breasted variety. These birds have been bred to produce as much white breast meat as possible, resulting in males so large [...]
Tuesday's Oprah, Conscious Choices, focused on Proposition 2 in California, "which seeks to increase cage sizes for egg laying hens, pregnant pigs and veal calves." Slim-margin, Matrix-style industrial cage-rearing versus organic free-range happy cuddling. Jezebel has some video.