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Milk Not Jails Uses Dairy to Reform Prisons

Food Politic | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Food Politic

It's impossible to look at shuttered prisons without recognizing that they're taking away what is often one of few sources of employment in an already struggling area. So if the prisons go, what is supposed to take their place? This is where agriculture comes into play.

Got More Herbs Than You Know What to Do With?

Food Politic | Posted 10.18.2014 | Taste
Food Politic

I decided to save herbs in every way possible and had to get creative to find uses for all of my herbs. Here are eight helpful hints I have used to put up your herbs so you can enjoy them year-round.

The Real History Of Summer's Favorite Drink

Food Politic | Posted 09.28.2014 | Taste
Food Politic

Thereis no denying the importance of Pimm's in any proper summer's evening.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means For The Food Industry

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Michael Zacka

Given the fact that the local foods movement offers consumers so many benefits, sustainably processed and packaged food has an important role to play in supporting the admirable goals of local food advocates and supplementing their needs.

Where Did the Food Movement Go Wrong?

Food Politic | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Food Politic

We say that we're for "best practices" in agriculture but I'm not convinced that any of us -- whether we're part of the food movement or the biggest of Big Ag -- are ready to concede that we might not be right all the time. I've certainly had a hard time with it.

Pyramid or Brokerage Scheme? Herbalife vs. Bill Ackmaan

Food Politic | Posted 05.21.2014 | Home
Food Politic

By Aly Miller Originally published in Food Politic How did Herbalife, a company that sells nutrition and energy supplements, become the center of a ...

Food Science 101: Salt

Food Politic | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Food Politic

Salt -- the delicious alchemy between explosive sodium and the toxic green gas chlorine -- is an essential mineral for biological life and an all-purpose tool for deliciousness.

Men in Aprons: An Ode to Gourmet Magazine

Food Politic | Posted 04.09.2014 | Home
Food Politic

And so it went in issue after issue of many of America's bestselling magazines through the 1940s and '50s. Rosie the Riveter may have found her way to the factory floor during World War II, but you'd never know it by looking at these publications. But in the midst of all this, a different voice was born: Gourmet.

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving A Face to Big-Ag

Food Politic | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Food Politic

If farmers want the public to understand and respect their work, that needs to change.

Thinking Organic? Think Again

Food Politic | Posted 02.17.2014 | Home
Food Politic

Consumers get warm and fuzzy feelings about organic foods and are willing to shell out a lot of money to make their organic dreams come true. But is all this praise justified?

Educating an Eater

Food Politic | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Food Politic

I know what I want for my daughter's relationship with food. I want her foundations to be set in solid sense memories. She should have special occasions like little oily fish before Christmas, and rich, hearty brisket at Passover.

FarmHer Refaces the All-American Farmer

Food Politic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Food Politic

"When you think of a farmer, you don't automatically think of a woman." Marji Guyler-Alaniz, the photographer behind FarmHer said. Yet she knew that women were farming -- it just wasn't being reinforced to the public through stories or photos.

GMO OMG! Is a Documentary About People, Not Science

Food Politic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Food Politic

Scientific debates aside, the GMO frames the American way of eating in alarming terms: We are mechanized eaters (85 percent of our processed foods contain GMOs) dependant on mechanized farmers -- of our population -- to feed us. Do we wish this on the rest of the world?

The Problem With Foodieism

Food Politic | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Foodieism has a misplaced emphasis on value-added quality over community. Foodieism loves to take food out of context. What we need, however, is not another establishment that serves $11 local swiss chard every Wednesday.

Farm Forward's Will Put Humane Eating in Consumers' Hands

Food Politic | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Farm Forward is developing an application called, which will be an answer for people who are willing to spend a little bit more for humanely raised products but are confused by the labels.

The Source Project and Modern Agriculture in India

Food Politic | Posted 07.20.2013 | Green
Food Politic

How is it possible that we have moved from a free system that enhances our environment to a costly system that destroys our environment?

Big-Ag Afraid of Its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Food Politic | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Is it up to the consumer, the farmer, or the state to determine what constitutes animal cruelty? Abuse is inherent in the making of the factory farm, and it's the publics' right to see it, and decide if they can stomach the level at which it's happening.

Don't Judge a Fruit by Its Color: Produce Standards and Food Waste in America

Food Politic | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Food Politic

It's no secret that we're a wasteful nation. According to Dana Gunders, in her paper for the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food produced in America is thrown away.

The Omnivore Vegan: "No Meat"

Food Politic | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Food Politic

When most people think of a farm, it's fresh eggs and produce in the morning, milking cows, and, sometimes, sending animals to slaughter. Not so if you're an intern at Farm Sanctuary, a vegan-run haven for rescued animals.

University Beef

Food Politic | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Food Politic

I have found food to be the solution to most problems in life. Hungry? Eat. Tired? Eat. Upset? Eat. Need to celebrate? Eat. Now, food also seems to be the answer to recent budget cuts in public financing for universities. Bookstores on campus are now selling... Wagyu beef.

We Serve You -- We Aren't Servants

Food Politic | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business
Food Politic

If we really wanted restaurants to pay their workers fairly, we would require them to pay their own workers and factor that expense into their prices -- much like every other business has ever had to do.