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Atlantic's Caitlin Flanagan Blames Arugula for California's Failing Schools

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 9:26 AM

In the media world, the hatchet job has long been a profitable one. It involves finding a major figure, uncovering a supposed flaw and then showing the world how it is a symptom of everything that's wrong with -- fill in the blank -- politics, business, schools, etc.

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Is Locavorism Really Elitist?

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 1:28 PM

By Samuel Fromartz

It's fashionable, or maybe just attention-grabbing, to argue that local and organic foods are elitist, the preserve of wealthy shoppers who are willing to dole out wads of bills for a weekly...

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USDA Launches Local Foods Blitz, Bans Fried Foods and Donuts in Cafeteria for a Day

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 10:12 PM

I don't usually get calls from the USDA, let alone the deputy secretary, but there Kathleen Merrigan was on the phone from her car and it wasn't a prank. 

She wanted to talk about the 

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Is Organic in an End-Game?

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 10:08 AM

Last week, the WaPo ran a story headlined "Purity of Organic Label is Questioned" -- a quasi-investigative story on how the organic "program's lax standards are undermining the federal program and the law itself."

I say quasi-investigative because it wasn't particularly news. The tension discussed in the article,...

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Doctors Rx at AMA: Eat Local, Organic

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 1:08 PM

A couple of weeks ago, the New Yorker had a fascinating article on McAllen, Texas, a county that ranks among the highest in the nation in health-care costs. Funny thing is, the outcomes of the patients in the system weren't any better than places that spent far less. The...

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Nobu Feels the Heat about Serving Bluefin Tuna -- A Few Big Names Offer Advice

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 4:54 PM

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is one of the world's most celebrated Japanese sushi chefs, and with partners, like Robert De Niro, he operates 24 restaurants globally that have been a favored haunt of Hollywood stars.

But for several years now, he has come under fire for serving bluefin tuna, a...

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