Test-Tube Meat

Test-Tube Meat

Feb 21

First Synthetic Test Tube Meat Due Out This Fall The idea of eating meat grown in a lab is admittedly unappetizing. For many, this is an unfortunate step beyond the genetically mutated animals currently waiting to be approved for use in retail foods. But for me, it’s a welcome alternative to our current industrial meat system. Test tube meat may not be so far-fetched, according to the above...

Obesity Undermines Military … ?

Obesity Undermines Military … ?

Jun 08

A recent USDA e-mail update I received described a press conference concerning MyPlate (the new national food icon, replacing the pyramid) and the high costs of obesity. One of the high costs, said one retired Air Force Lieutenant General, is the undermining of our military. It’s a small thing, an opinion by one man, but the Secretary of Agriculture chose him to speak at this press...

Can food save a town?

Can food save a town?

May 08

I’ve been reading The Town That Food Saved by Ben Hewitt recently, all about a few “agripeneurs” in Hardwick, Vermont, who are trying to build a model for a local food economy. Part of the book is dedicated to questioning the motives and methods of these enterprising individuals, which has sparked some thoughts in my own mind. Local food is always perceived as being expensive...

Waiting for Our Food to Change

Waiting for Our Food to Change

May 02

Laura and I have both been reading a lot of anecdotal books about agriculture and community, like the one I’m currently reading about the town of Hardwick, Vermont, and how a few enterprising individuals there are trying to build a model for a local food economy. Throughout many of these books, I’ve noticed a common thread, a shared sentiment that something is awry with the American...