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Surplus Side Effects: Toxic Food Systems in Japan and America

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 1:49 PM

Immediately after watching The Cove, I needed to catch my breath after the final 10 heart-pounding minutes. Neither my 10-year-old son, who had been sitting closely by my side, especially during the final scenes, or I could find words right away.

We then started putting what we had...

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10 Things We Should Teach Every Kid About Food

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Food is essential to our survival. It impacts our health and well-being. It has the power to bring people together.

Food can be manipulated in many ways, from cooking to processing to using it as fuel. It provides tremendous opportunities to create value, and, as such, food is big business.

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Mr. Smith Plays the Farm Card

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 11:38 AM

Picture an angry young man with a sign. He appears to be agitated, holding a sign that condemns what his opponent stands for. There's a chain link fence behind him.

Take a second to capture how you feel about those three sentences. Has your heart rate jumped? Do you associate...

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From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 2:49 PM

In 2001, Houghton Mifflin Company published a book by Eric Schlosser titled Fast Food Nation -The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Much like the work of Upton Sinclair in his 1906 title The Jungle, Mr. Schlosser, an award-winning investigative journalist exposed how the explosive growth of fast...

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Is Whole Foods Losing Its Sustainable Luster?

(37) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 5:17 PM

Lost in the ear-splitting uproar over Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's controversial venture into the health care debate, is a bigger, though less subtle story.

It's a story about how a small, well-intentioned sustainable food company lost its way. It's a story of how that company went from a single...

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Dear Julia Child, We Need You!

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM

"The grand thing about cooking is you can eat your mistakes." -- Julia Child

There was a time not so long ago that cooking shows resembled today's reality TV, where mistakes were made and corrected right before your very eyes. No second takes. No editing. Just the real thing.

How...

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Seeing Through the Food Industry's "Personal Responsibility" Smoke Screen

(25) Comments | Posted August 11, 2009 | 11:33 AM

I grew up in a home where family meals were the norm. Nearly every night, nine of us would crowd around the kitchen table to enjoy a home-cooked meal together, recount our days, laugh and argue, celebrating each unique personality's contribution to the whole. Each meal made the fabric of...

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Guess Who's Controlling Our Food Supply

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 3:14 PM

It's no secret that I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don't know about how this "promising" technology may or may not be impacting human health and our environment.

For those...

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Pro Food: Slow Food with an Entrepreneurial Twist

(12) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 8:45 AM

With my recent introduction of the term "Pro Food", and a definition of its core principles, several readers have questioned how Pro Food differs from Slow Food. Rather than try to answer this question on my own, as I am only somewhat familiar with Slow Food, I am opening...

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Sustainable Food Ripe for Entrepreneurs to Drive Forward

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 4:37 PM

What if I told you that America's food system is broken? What would you say?

Would you defend it by pointing out the abundance of choices offered in today's average supermarket, estimated to be over 45,000 items? Would you cite that per capita spending on food has dropped significantly...

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Closing the Farm to Plate Knowledge Gap

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 2:35 PM

In the battle for the hearts and minds (and pocket books) of everyday Americans, the large corporate players in today's industrial food system must be pleased.

Consumer advocates for sustainable, healthy food are fighting with farmers, not because either picked a fight with the other, but because the knowledge gap...

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