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Opinion/blog: Let's create a new award at Cannes for not advertising to children

By Alex Bugosky

alexbogusky's posterous 2010-06-24

Opinion: Free-range livestock face predators, insect pests and more parasites than confined animals dosed with antibiotics

By James E. McWilliams

The Atlantic 2010-05-10

Opinion: Administration's schizophrenic agricultural policy on display with installation of Islam Siddiqui as agricultural negotiator during recess and despite objections of 90,000

By Barry Estabrook

The Atlantic 2010-04-01

Blog: Resource as valuable as school gardens shouldn't depend on unpaid volunteers or overloaded teachers

By Sarah Bernardi

The Slow Cook 2010-02-08

Blog: Oscars nominees include documentaries "Food, Inc." and "The Cove"

By Jennifer Merin

About.com 2010-02-02

Blog: 19,000-cow dairy lobbies to change pending grazing requirements for organic milk certification

By Barry Estabrook

Politics of the Plate 2010-01-27

The starter list for low-cost, high-taste meals

Eating well, yet cheaply, means shopping perimeter of store and skipping the packaged items (click 'See also'). Nutritious, delicious items for less than $1 a serving: oats, eggs, kale, potatoes, apples, nuts, bananas, chickpeas, broccoli, watermelon, wild rice, beets, butternut squash, whole grain pasta, sardines, spinach, tofu, milk, pumpkin seeds, coffee.

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2008-12-29

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Opinion/blogs: How Obama can fix the broken food system

Reports (click 'See also') show agriculture today - heavily subsidized industry supported by commodity groups, paid scientists, friends in Washington - is fault of Democratic and Republican administrations. Obama should choose agriculture secretary unafraid of change, create National Food Policy Council and food czar, move nutrition programs out of USDA.

By Bruce Friedrich

The Huffington Post 2008-12-07

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Rich farmers still receiving crop subsidies, report says

Payments to rich farmers in 2003-'06 totaled $49 million and expose USDA problems, GAO says, but agency says it lacks authority to check payments against tax returns. Payments favor wheat, corn, rice, cotton growers; produce growers don't receive direct subsidies. And: Obama says unwarranted payments are prime example of waste he intends to end (click 'See also').

By Michael Doyle

McClatchy Newspapers 2008-11-25

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Opinion/blog: Food, baseball intersect for Rays' manager

Opinion/blog: Food, baseball intersect for Rays' manager

Jeff Houck

Joe Maddon holds forth on matters of the plate.

Baseball, food, wine are top passions for Tampa Bay Rays' manager Joe Maddon, who was raised in Phillies' country on spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and peppers, good Italian breads, ravioli, lasagna, pierogies, halupkies, and sauerkraut. Game No. 1 of the 2008 World Series between Rays, Phillies, is in Florida (click 'See also').

By Jeff Houck

The Tampa Tribune 2008-10-22

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Opinion: Next president must fix infrastructure

Modern-day Works Progress Administration that restores America's crumbling infrastructure - drinking water, schools, roads, bridges, transit systems - would generate jobs and help support flagging economy. Presidential candidate Barack Obama wants infrastructure investment (click 'See also', section V); John McCain has not presented plan.

By Dave Demerjian

Wired Blog Network 2008-10-19

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Opinion/Blog: Monsanto dairy hormone business for sale

After shoppers and businesses shun biotech hormone that increases milk yields, agribusiness giant Monsanto looks to sell its Posilac business. Company says it will focus on its genetically modified seed. And: Sale of business means sale of Georgia facility, which employs 200 (click 'See also').

By David Biello

Scientific American 2008-08-07

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Opinion/Blogs: Eating efficiently

With a backdrop of widespread food riots, ballooning prices and countries scrambling to feed themselves, export partners be damned, the one thing in our power is our own diet. It takes about five pounds of grain to produce a single pound of beef. Reducing meat consumption is as meaningful as using compact fluorescent bulbs or cloth shopping bags - it's time to start.

By Brandon Keim

Wired 2008-04-21

Opinion/Blog: Clean water to drink

Opinion/Blog: Clean water to drink

Xuan Li

Pathogens cling to iron oxide nanoparticles, purifying drinking water.

Grad student discovers cheap way to filter viruses and arsenic from drinking water, and tells the secret at American Chemical Society meeting. He uses glass fibers as a sturdy support for positively charged iron oxide nanoparticles, which attract pathogens with negative charge.

By Aaron Rowe

Wired 2008-04-12

Opinion/Blog: Farm/food bill proposal

Bipartisan House farm bill proposal avoids new taxes and includes: $9 billion increase for food stamps and nutrition programs; $4 billion increase for conservation programs and $1.3 billion more to benefit fruit and vegetable growers; and country-of-origin labeling of imported meat. It also guarantees farmers $52 billion in automatic payments over the next 10 years even if prices stay high. Click 'See also' for investigation of agricultural subsidies.

The editors

The Washington Post 2008-04-10

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Opinion/Blog: Dirt on diacetyl

Chefs' group calls for change in FDA safety advisory on diacetyl, an artificial butter flavoring implicated in lung problems of workers in flavoring and popcorn factories. CDC is examining hazard in three New York institutional restaurants; Washington State officials are examining at least two sites in Seattle. Artificial diacetyl is routinely added to pure unsalted butter.

By Andrew Schneider

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2008-03-20

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Opinion/Blog: Battling FDA

Honduras fights FDA's recall of cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano, which imports about two million boxes annually under Dole, Chiquita and Mayan Pride, and possibly other labels. Recall threatens $100 million industry and 5,000 Honduran workers; country wants reimbursement for $8 million already lost. FDA has linked the melons to 58 cases of salmonella; critic says shoppers have no idea how to determine who grew a melon.

By Mike Nizza

The New York Times 2008-03-26

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Opinion/Blog: When on Mars, eat this

While developing diet for life on Mars, researchers see benefits of same sustainable diet for Earth. Rice, azolla (highly nutritious mosquito fern, with drawback of stink) and loach (a fish) grown together would allow air- and water-cleaning, with azolla pulling nitrogen from the air, nurturing rice without need for fertilizer. Other foods are soybeans, sweet potatoes, silkworm pupa and a green-yellow vegetable.

By Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

Wired 2008-03-07

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Opinion/Blog: Back to dirt

Opinion/Blog: Back to dirt

Karla Cook

Our homogenized domestic landscape is mirrored in the runaway demand for, and planting of, corn. As manufacturing disappears and the food supply chain dwindles, why not reintroduce farmland? Purposeful reclamation of urban and suburban lands for return to agriculture is serious fodder for artists, architects and academics.

By Allison Arieff

The New York Times 2008-03-19

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Opinion/blog: Keeping up with the Greenses

Opinion/blog: Keeping up with the Greenses

Michigan State University

Click 'See also' to see the changing landscape of organics as existing companies are gobbled by bigger food companies and multinational conglomerates make their own versions of popular foods. Here's the key: organic brands are green; multinational food processors, yellow; investment firms, blue; organic versions of mainstream brands, red.

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2008-03-19

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Opinion/Blog: Seeking sustainable solutions

After reading 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and 'In Defense of Food,' Wal-Mart's sustainability blogger quotes the author, Michael Pollan, then asks readers for suggestions on short-term solutions for making the industrialized food chain better, which products the retail giant should carry and what one item should be removed from Wal-Mart stores.

By Rand Waddoups

checkoutblog.com; Community Food Security (Tufts University) 2008-02-26

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Opinion/Blog: Voting with our forks

Michael Pollan, author of 'In Defense of Food,' analyzes a few candidates' food policy: Barack Obama - calculatedly vague, but somebody there understands the link between public health and agriculture. Hillary Clinton - supported local agriculture and farm-to-school programs in New York, but the Clintons have deep roots in agribusiness. Mike Huckabee - does he understand obesity in a systemic way or as a personal triumph? John Edwards - had called for a moratorium on feedlots, a single food safety agency and his adviser on agriculture was an organic farmer.

By Rebekah Denn

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) 2008-02-15

Opinion/Blog: Nurturing human health

Opinion/Blog: Nurturing human health

Wired

Pinstrup-Andersen

Cornell professor predicts that farmers will be lured by high prices to return to food crops. For more sustainable food system, he says, priorities are land and water use efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to market and climate changes, finding a better crop than corn for biofuel, researching options for small farmers, researching implications of structural changes in food marketing, and 'biofortification' - likely genetically modified foods.

By Alexis Madrigal

Wired 2008-02-17

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Opinion/Blog: Just sow

Enthusiasts provide their favorite, mostly organic and heirloom, mostly edibles seed sources, culled from years of gardening. Evocative names include Purple Peacock Broccoli, White Satin Carrots, Touchstone Gold Beet, Red Noodle Bean, Momotaro Tomato, Chocolate Cherry Tomato and Thai Rom Dao Watermelons.

Fork & Bottle 2008-02-03

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Opinion: Fish vulnerable

Fish supplies relied upon by a billion people could be endangered by global warming. A new study found that deep-sea crustacean populations, an important part of the ocean ecosystem, are particularly vulnerable to climate change, having collapsed during previous warming and cooling episodes.

By Brandon Keim

Wired 2008-01-30

Opinion/Blog: Origin of a film

Opinion/Blog: Origin of a film

For documentary film maker, 'Two Angry Moms' grew from her interest in sustainability, food politics and integrative nutrition, as well as her marriage to French man and his family's obsession with food, the couple's launching of the first certified organic poultry operation on the East Coast and working with Chef Ann Cooper, Renegade Lunch Lady.

By Amy Kalafa

The Huffington Post 2008-01-04

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Opinion: Chef returns

Opinion: Chef returns

Food Network

Jamie Oliver, in his new series, "Jamie at Home", on the Food Network, is appealing in his unfussiness, and the effort to talk about foods in-season and gardening is refreshing. But the British-to-American weights and measures could trip us up, says writer.

By Nina Lalli

The Village Voice 2008-01-03

Opinion: Globally fed

As he dines on dish after dish during New Year's feast, writer realizes that he is celebrating the diversity of a nation built - and fed - by immigrants. Then, he wonders, is the intruder the Mexican lady on the corner with the shopping cart full of hand-made tamales or the chain restaurant, pushing mediocrity?

By Peter Miller

The Huffington Post 2008-01-02

Opinion/Blog: Goods on garlic

Garlic may boost hydrogen sulfide production in our bodies, which helps relax blood vessels, increases blood flow and may prevent damage to heart muscle from heart attack. For benefits, eat at least two cloves a day, crushed and left at room temperature for 15 minutes, or snack on garlicky hummus with vegetables.

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2007-10-15