food + cooking

Gourmet Gardening

We’re watching our gardens grow, visiting ornamental and edible English gardens, and tracking the battle between small farmers and GMO giant Monsanto
food + cooking

Seeds of Discontent

In the ongoing battle between organic farmers and Monsanto, the mega-company recently won a significant round in court. Now what? Julia Savacool reports on the state of the suit and investigates...
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

Beef Buying Guide

More and more of us are willing to pay a premium for beef that is “sustainable.” Selecting from the choices can be confusing, though.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Humane Beings

Thanks to new regulations and consumer demand, the market for humanely raised animal products is about to take off.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Organic Isn’t Dead Yet

A recent Nielsen report greatly exaggerates the recession-related decline in the organics market—and new research indicates growth is still high.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has shown that if she’s confirmed at a top FDA post, she’ll likely push for the interests of ordinary citizens—not Big Food....
food politics

Politics of the Plate: What’s the Matter with Kansas?

If the governor doesn’t take action by Thursday, the state will enact a law that could keep consumers in the dark about what’s in their milk.
wine + spirits + beer

Apera and Topaque Enter the Wine Lexicon

No longer able to “borrow” the names Sherry and Tokay, Australian wine producers are getting creative.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: Obfuscation is Only Natural

The USDA finally defines “natural” foods, but with a huge oversight.
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