food politics

Politics of the Plate: Family Farms or “Facilities”?

Why the new Food Safety Enhancement Act could spell trouble for small farmers.
food politics

The Gourmet Q + A: Robert Kenner

The director of Food, Inc. discusses how “veggie libel laws” have silenced critics of the food industry, why travel is horrible, and more.
food + cooking

Grilling Outlaws

This summer rite may seem like an inalienable right, but for many Americans (maybe even you), outdoor grilling is illegal.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: It’s in the Bag

A new study concludes that reusable shopping bags can harbor bacteria and fungi. But a closer look reveals that this supposed public-health threat may be more of a scare campaign....
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Perennial Waves of Grain

According to plant geneticist Wes Jackson, we could see a commercially viable variety of perennial wheat within a decade—and he has the flour from his experimental plantings to prove it....
food politics

Politics of the Plate: The Price is Wrong

Call them elitist if you will, but panelists at a recent sustainable-food conference make a strong case for why food should cost more.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Seal of Disapproval

The European Parliament’s ban on Canadian seal products smacks of hypocrisy.
food politics

The War on Alice Waters

She made sustainable agriculture a rallying cry, but now the activist chef is under attack from food lovers.
food politics

The USDA People’s Garden Expansion

A White House garden will put healthy food for the First Family in the spotlight—and maybe a little healthy competition too, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack doubles down....
food politics

Tension Builds Between Organic Dairy Farmers And Processors

The kumbaya era is over: Organic agriculture is now large enough to face some of the same systemic problems that conventional agriculture struggles with every day.
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